"Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."
Such a simple, perfect way to start a show.
Sherley actually joined his band after jail, and tried to reform his life ( Johnny was a Christian and truly believed in redemption). However, he never quite took to life on the outside and committed suicide.
Johnny Cash was only 35 years old at the time. He had the presence and gravitas of a man twice his age. What a great album. I listen to it often.
Still so wild to me that Merle Haggard was in San Quentin when Cash played there.
Personally, Cash has to be up there as possibly the best ever. An absolute icon in every way.
Such a great record. The banter in between is fun and the prisoners are having a blast.
Grandma had all of his albums. Those were the first records I ever played, back in the late 60's. I still listen to him.
I hear the train a comin' rollin' round the bend
I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when
Well I'm stuck in Folsom Prison and time keeps dragging on
While a train keeps a rollin' on down to San Antone
Well when I was just a baby my mama told me son
Always be a good boy don't ever play with guns
Well I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
When I hear that whistle blowin' I hang my head and I cry
Well I'll bet there's rich folks eatin' in some fancy dining car
Probably 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' that's what tortures me
Well if they freed me from this prison if that railroad train was mine
Bet I'd move it on a little farther down the line
Far from Folsom Prison that's where I long to stay
Then I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away
Songwriters: Johnny Cash
Folsom Prison Blues lyrics © BMG Rights Management US, LLC
>I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
>Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
>I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
>But is there because he's a victim of the times.
>And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
>Believen' that the Lord was on their side,
>I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
>Believen' that we all were on their side.
>Ah, I'd love to wear a rainbow every day,
>And tell the world that everything's OK,
>But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
>'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black
I swear FOX news and the like would skewer Johnny Cash today as being an anti-military, progressive liberal.
Why did he go to a prison? Was that normal at the time? I can't see some famous musician these days deciding to do a concert and album from a prison