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"When Johnny Cash met Muhammad Ali, the boxer presented Cash with a poem called “Truth.” Cash valued the poem so much, he kept it locked away in a vault for years, but not before setting it to music in a piano tune, and recording it in the studio.
The song, and the story behind it are regularly mixed up with another Johnny Cash song called “What Is Truth” which carries a strong, anti-war message that is easy to associate with Muhammad Ali. “What Is Truth” was released in 1970, eventually peaking at #3 on the country charts. But the Ali-inspired “Truth” was never released, until it found its way onto the compilation Johnny Cash: Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth released in 2012. The song was likely recorded in January or May of 1979, with Jack Clement and Jack Routh acting as producers. Johnny Cash envisioned it as a Gospel tune.
Johnny always believed that Muhammad Ali had written “Truth” for him, and probably died believing such. But when researching for the 2012 Bootleg Vol. IV compilation, producer Gregg Geller discovered that “Truth” was actually written by a teacher of universal Sufism named Hazrat Inayat Khan who died in 1927.
Nonetheless, Muhammad Ali’s gift to Johnny Cash resulted in a beautiful and inspired piece of Gospel music from Cash, and exemplifies just how far the touch and impact of Muhammad Ali went throughout the country and world." - Saving Country Music Website

Hazrat Inayat Khan 1916.jpg

By digital photo Sergey Moskalev - archive of Sufi Movement Russia, PD-US,

Mohammed Ali recants the words of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

The face of truth is open,
The eyes of truth are bright,
The lips of truth are ever closed,
The head of truth is upright.

The breast of truth stands forward,
The gaze of truth is straight,
Truth has neither fear nor doubt,
Truth has patience to wait.

The words of truth are touching,
The voice of truth is deep,
The law of truth is simple:
All that you sow you reap.

The soul of truth is flaming,
The heart of truth is warm,
The mind of truth is clear,
And firm through rain or storm.

Facts are but its shadows,
Truth stands above all sin;
Great be the battle in life,
Truth in the end shall win.

The image of truth is Christ,
Wisdom's message its rod;
Sign of truth is the cross,
Soul of truth is God.

Life of truth is eternal,
Immortal is its past,
Power of truth will endure,
Truth shall hold to the last.

By Frater5 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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