The Cremation of Sam McGee

Lake LaBerge, Yukon; Bruce Barrett, 2007
Lake LaBerge, Yukon; Bruce Barrett, 2007

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold; …

So begins The Cremation of Sam McGee, the famous poem by Robert Service. I’ve heard these lines, and all the others time and again over the years, but I can’t believe it’s taken this long to hear them spoken (incorrectly, I might add) by Johnny Cash. The reading appears on the 2006 album Personal Fire and it can be heard at NPR.

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