Which was better in your opinion and why? The original is by NIN which was later covered by Johnny Cash. They're both brilliant imo. Unique in their own ways. The lyrics are my favourite part, very deep and well written. Cash's version is him being near the end of his life and having looking back at it all. It's sadder as it reflects on his whole life and some feeling of regrets when he's about to pass. NIN's is about a younger person at his lowest battling his inner demons of addiction, depression, regrets and suicidal thoughts. It's more darker in tone. Tough one, most people prefer Cash's version but I'm going with the original by NIN. I find it being more relating and it was written and sung by Trent first so it means more imo.