Folsom Prison Blues Uke tab by Johnny Cash

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I hear the train a comin it's rollin round the bend

I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when
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I'm stuck in Folsom prison and time keeps draggin on
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But the train keeps rollin on down to San Antone

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When I was just a baby my mama told me son

always be a good boy don't every play with guns
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But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
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When I hear that whistle blowin I hang my head and cry

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I bet there's rich folks eatin in a fancy dinin car

They're prob'ly drinkin coffee and smokin big cigars
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But I know I had it comin I know I can't be free
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But those people keep a movin and that's what tortures me

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Well if they freed me from this prison if that railroad train was mine

I bet I'd move a little farther on down the line
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Far from Folsom prison that's where I want to stay
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And I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away


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jleroux avatar
16 Jan 2010
About this song

"Folsom Prison Blues" is an American country music song credited to Johnny Cash. The song combines elements from two popular folk genres, the train song and the prison song, both of which Cash would continue to use for the rest of his career. It has become one of Cash's signature songs and the most notable song on Cash's "At Folsom Prison" album which is widely considered to be on of the top 100 albums of all time.