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Folsom Prison Blues Lyrics

from The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11

"Folsom Prison Blues" is track #30 on the album The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11. It was written by Cash, Johnny R..
"Folsom Prison Blues" is track #30 on the album The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11. It was written by Cash, Johnny R..

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I hear the train a comin'
It's rollin' '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 Antone

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
When I hear that whistle blowin'
I hang my head and cry

I bet there's rich folks eatin'
In a fancy dining car
They're probably drinkin' coffee
And smokin' big cigars
But I know I had it comin'
I know I can't be free
But those people keep a-movin'
And that's what tortures me

Well, if they freed me from this prison
If that railroad train was mine
I bet I'd move out over a little
Farther 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

Songwriters
CASH, JOHNNY R.

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Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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