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Record Company Executive: [talking about Johnny's wardrobe] What's with the black? Looks like you're going to a funeral.
Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix): Maybe I am.
Record Company Executive: Your fans are church folk, Johnny... Christians, and they don't wanna hear you singing to a bunch of murderers and rapists, tryin' to cheer 'em up.
Johnny Cash: Well, they're not Christians then.
Warden: Mr. Cash? Might I suggest you refrain from playing anymore tunes that remind them, the inmates that is, that they're in prison?
Johnny Cash: You think they forgot?
[after record producer Sam Phillips stops Cash's band a couple of verses into their audition]
Sam Phillips (Dallas Roberts): We've already heard that song a hundred times. Just like that. Just... like... how... you... sing it.
Johnny Cash: Well you didn't let us bring it home.
Sam Phillips: Bring... bring it home? Alright, let's bring it home. If you was hit by a truck and you were lying out there in that gutter dying, and you had time to sing one song. Huh? One song that people would remember before you're dirt. One song that would let God know how you felt about your time here on Earth. One song that would sum you up. You're telling me that's the song you sing. That same Jimmy Davis tune we hear on the radio, all day. About your peace within, and how it's real, and how you're gonna shout it? Or... would you sing something different. Something real. Something you felt. Cause I'm telling you right now, that's the kind of song people want to hear. That's the kind of song that truly saves people. It ain't got nothin to do with believin' in God, Mr. Cash. It has to do with believin' in yourself.
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