Folsom Prison Blues Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Johnny Cash
album: Track 2 in album Johnny Cash With His Hot and Blue Guitar
release date: 1957-10-11
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length: 2:48
lyricist: Johnny Cash
composer: Johnny Cash

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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

Track Listing

  • 1 Rock Island Line
  • 2 (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
  • 3 Country Boy
  • 4 If the Good Lord’s Willing
  • 5 Cry! Cry! Cry!
  • 6 Remember Me (I’m the One Who Loves You)
  • 7 So Doggone Lonesome
  • 8 I Was There When It Happened
  • 9 I Walk the Line
  • 10 Wreck of the Old ’97
  • 11 Folsom Prison Blues
  • 12 Doin’ My Time