Johnny Cash: Folsom Prison Blues | Song-Factsheet


Song «Folsom Prison Blues» von Johnny Cash.


Veröffentlichungsdaten: 1955 12 15 (Single)
Label: Sun Records 232
Songwriter Johnny Cash & Gordon Jenkins
Produktion: Sam Philips
Genre: Country - Honkytonk


Dieser Song basiert wesentlich auf Gordon Jenkins' Crescent City Blues, zu finden auf dem Konzeptalbum Seven Dreams (am Ende des zweiten Traums). Jenkins' ging (erst 1969) vor Gericht und gewann den Plagiatsfall. Er erhielt $75'000.
Angeregt, über das Gefängnis von Folsom zu schreiben war Johnny Cash durch den Film Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison.
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Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
Gordon Jenkins
Sam Philips


I hear the train a-coming It's rolling round the bend And I ain't seen the sunshine Since I don't know when I'm stuck at Folsom Prison And time keeps dragging on But that train keeps rolling 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 blowing I hang my head and cry I bet there's rich folk eating In a fancy dining car They're probably drinking coffee And smoking big cigars But I know I had it coming I know I can't be free But those people keep a-moving 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 on 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