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Thread #20196   Message #210799
Posted By: Jim Dixon
12-Apr-00 - 05:02 PM
Thread Name: Train Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: FOLSOM PRISON BLUES (Johnny Cash)^^
Words and music by Johnny Cash, 1956
As recorded by Johnny Cash on "I Walk the Line" (1964)

I hear that 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 dinin' car.
They're prob'ly drinkin' coffee and smokin' big cigars.
Well, 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 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.