Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues

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Verse

E
I hear the train a comin' 
It's rollin' 'round the bend 
And I ain't seen the sunshine 
        E7 
Since, I don't know when 
A
I'm stuck in Folsom Prison 
                        E
And time keeps draggin' on 
         B
But that train keeps a-rollin' 
A E
On down to San Antone 

Verse

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 

Verse

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 

Verse

Well, if they freed me from this prison 
If that railroad train was mine 
I bet I'd move it on 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 

Notes

  • Key: E