I came across this video and am convinced that the world is a better place knowing that it exists.
This is not an odd-couple duet, like David Bowie and Bing Crosby singing Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy. Dylan and Cash were actually mutual admirers and there is significant overlap in their musical styles. So, I am not posting this for its ironic humor. Instead, I think this is a particularly touching rendition of a beautiful song. And for anyone who thinks Bob Dylan can’t sing, listen to him harmonize with Johnny Cash at the end.
It’s not a particularly polished performance. But it sounds very different from Dylan’s solo version and has an air of authenticity around it. Unlike the artificial feel of the Bowie and Crosby duet and most other TV variety show performances, this actually feels like two friends picking up the guitar and just playing a song together. Enjoy.