Folsom Prison Blues

Lyrics: Johnny Cash
Music: Johnny Cash

Played by Bob Dylan in a rehearsal with the Grateful Dead on 2 June 1987, but never performed live. Also sung in 2012 by Tim Bluhm and by Jon Graboff with Phil Lesh & Friends.

I hear that train a-rolling, it's a-rolling round the bend
I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when
I'm stucked in Folsom Prison and time keeps dragging on
And I hear that whistle blowing all down to San Antone

When I was just a baby my mamma 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 train a-pulling I hang my head and cry

I bet there's rich folks in their fancy shining cars
They're probably drinking coffee and smoking big cigars
But I know I had it coming, I know I can't be free
But I keep on keep a-moving, well that's what tortures me

If they'd free me from this prison, if that railroad train was mine
You bet I moved it on a little further down the line
Far from Folsom Prison that's where I long to stay
And I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away


Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography

 


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