Joe Bean Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Bud Freeman, Leon Pober
album: Track 11 in album Everybody Loves a Nut
release date: 1966
popularity : 22 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country
length: 3:08
composer: Bud Freeman, Leon Pober
lyricist: Bud Freeman, Leon Pober

Album Information

country(area): United States
script: Latin

Cover Art

Johnny Cash Everybody Loves a Nut cover art


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Last time we were here at Folsom Prison, they were hanging Joe Bean. Is Joe still here...Joe Bean? Hang the son of a bitch anyways, right?

Well, they're hanging Joe Bean this morning, for killing a man in Arkansas. Funny thing about it, Joe Bean has never been to Arkansas. On top of that, Joe Bean never heard of the man. In fact, today is Joe Bean's twentieth birthday.

See through the prison bars, Joe Bean, see where the gallows stand. Just twenty short years from the day you were born, you died by the hangman's hand.

Yes, they're hanging Joe Bean this morning, for a shooting that he never did. He killed 20 men, by the time he was 10, he was an unruly kid.

Yes, they're hanging Joe Bean for the one shooting that Joe Bean never did.

Well, Joe - your mother is at the Capitol, asking the governor for a stay. And it's hard on her, 'cause she knows where you were, on that particular day. You were working Joe Bean, hard working, robbing the Santa Fe.

Well, the telegraph wires are humming. Here, the governor's words come through. He said, "I can't set you free, it's not up to me, but there's much, Joe Bean, I'll do. I'll join your mother in extending Birthday greetings to you. Happy Birthday, Joe Bean."


Track Listing

  • 1 Everybody Loves a Nut
  • 2 The One on the Right Is on the Left
  • 3 Cup of Coffee
  • 4 The Bug That Tried to Crawl Around the World
  • 5 The Singing Star's Queen
  • 6 Austin Prison
  • 7 Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog
  • 8 Take Me Home
  • 9 Please Don't Play Red River Valley
  • 10 Boa Constrictor
  • 11 Joe Bean