Folsom Prison Blues Uke tab by Johnny Cash

3 Chords used in the song: E,A,B7

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Intro

A|-3-3-3------3-------|
E|--------0-0---3b-1--|
C|--------------------|
G|--------------------|

E E
I hear the train a comin' It's rollin' 'round the bend,
E E
And I ain't seen the sunshine, Since, I don't know when,
A A E E
I'm stuck in Folsom Prison, And time keeps draggin' on,
B7 B7 E E
But that train keeps a-rollin', on down to San Antone.

E E
When I was just a baby, My Mama told me, Son,
E E
Always be a good boy, Don't ever play with guns,
A A E E
But I shot a man in Reno, Just to watch him die,
B7 B7 E E
When I hear that whistle blowin', I hang my head and cry.


SOLO
A-10h11----------------------10h11------------|
E-------7-9-7-10-7----------------7-9-7-10-7--|
C---------------------------------------------|(x2)
G---------------------------------------------|



--7---------------5-5---5-5---------5-(5)-0----------------------|
----9-----------2-2-2---2-2-------2-2-(2)---0--------------------|
------9-------2--------------------------------------------------|
-----------------------------------------------------------------|
----------------------0------------------------1-2-3-3-3-1-------|
-----------------------------------------------------------3b-1--|

E E
I bet there's rich folks eatin', In a fancy dining car,
E E
They're probably drinkin' coffee, And smokin' big cigars,
A A E E
Well I know I had it comin', I know I can't be free,
B7 B7 E E
But those people keep a-movin',And that's what tortures me.

SOLO, Again (listen to song for rhythm)

A|-----7-9-7-10-7----------------7-9-7-10-7--|
E|-8h9------------------------8h9------------|
C|-------------------------------------------|(x2)
G|-------------------------------------------|


A|----11----------4-4-4---0-4-------4-4-------2--1-2-3-3-3-1-------|
E|--7---------------5-5---5-5---------5-(5)-0----------------3b-1--|
C|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------9-------2--------------------------------------------------|


E E
Well, if they freed me from this prison, If that railroad train was mine,
E E
I bet I'd move it all a little, Farther down the line,
A A E E
Far from Folsom Prison, That's where I want to stay,
B7 B7 E E
And I'd let that lonesome whistle, Blow my Blues away.


Outro
A|-3-3-3------3-------|
E|--------0-0---3b-1--|
C|--------------------|
G|--------------------|

 

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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.