"Man in Black" (or "The Man in Black") is a protest song written and sung by and about Johnny Cash, originally released on his 1971 album of the same name. Cash himself was known as "The Man in Black" for his distinctive style of on-stage costuming. The lyrics are an after-the-fact explanation of this with the entire song as a protest statement with statements such as:
The song was also covered by Christian rock band One Bad Pig. Punk rock band The Street Dogs play this song at their live performances, right before they take the stage. The spanish musician Loquillo also sang a version of the song in the album Mientras respiremos.