Folsom Prison Blues Lyrics by Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash Lyrics
Folsom Prison Blues Lyrics
I hear the train a comin'
it's rolling round the bend
and I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when,
I'm stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin' on
but that train keeps a rollin' on down to San Anton..
When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son,
always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns.
But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
now every time I hear that whistle I hang my head and cry..
I bet there's rich folks eating in a fancy dining car
they're probably drinkin' coffee and smoking big cigars.
Well I know I had it coming, I know I can't be free
but those people keep a movin'
and that's what tortures me...
Well if they'd free me from this prison,
if that railroad train was mine
I bet I'd move just a little further down the line
far from Folsom prison, that's where I want to stay
and I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away.....
• The song was written by Johnny Cash. The track was produced by Sam Phillips
• The movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951) he saw while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force inspired the song.
• The song is about a jailbird who listens to the whistle of a train outside his cell and recounts his crimes
• Gordon Jenkins (the song Crescent City Blues) sucessfully sued for Cash and won a settlement in 1968 over the lyrics (claiming Johnny borrowed lyrics).