I told you Glenn Danzig would be back! And here he is... sort of. While today's song is sung by The Man in Black, a.k.a. Johnny Cash, it was written specifically for him by Glenn Danzig (reportedly in only 20 minutes). The song appeared on Cash's 1993 album American Recordings, which introduced Cash to a whole new generation of listeners and won him a Grammy to boot. The album was produced by Rick Rubin, who was mostly known for his work with rap and heavy metal musicians, and was released on Rubin's American label.
In true Cash style, the song "Thirteen" is a dark lament about a man born to a life of trouble. I don't think anyone embodies both the dark and light sides of life more fully than Cash, however. Maybe it's because he doesn't just embody them, he embraces them, and seems to know that one cannot exist without the other. He's our country music yin yang, and in this particular incarnation, he has a bad luck wind blowin' at his back: