Popular music has seen its share of strange collaborations over the years, some of which work startlingly well and others that fall spectacularly flat. But few possess the appeal of having one of the greats of country music frontline an epic British rock band, and that's exactly what Johnny Cash did with “The Wanderer,” the last track on U2's experimental Zooropa. "Experimental" being the key word. In his inimitable style, Cash drones about a wandering man who goes walking through a totalitarian state "with a Bible and gun" while looking for love and redemption. Though he contributes only scant backing vocals, U2's Bono wrote the lyrics, which draw heavily on SF imagery:
I went out walking under an atomic skyAlas, all of the imagery never quite coheres into a proper narrative, but it will give your imagination a dystopic jolt.
Where the ground won't turn
And the rain it burns
Like the tears when I said goodbye.