Everyone knows you wear black to a funeral, but why? In ancient Roman times Its rumored that wore black to hide from the spirit so it could not lure the living. Today your most depressed, sad, or teen that want to hide from society do the same. Johnny Cash had his demons he was fighting. What better way to hide guilt, shame, or other feelings than to fade to black? As you see in this short interview Johnny explains why he wrote the song and why it was his color of choice.