Folsom Prison Blues | Johnny Cash


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This is a great song from Johnny Cash. We play this song in the key of “E”, and the guitar chart and lyric sheet we use for open mic night and live performances are available below for your reference. If you prefer to use different guitar tabs or chord charts, we can accomodate any variations.


  E
I hear the train a comin'

It's rollin' 'round the bend,

And I ain't seen the sunshine,

Since, I don't know when,
    A
I'm stuck in Folsom Prison,
                        E
And time keeps draggin' on,
         B7
But that train keeps a-rollin',
                 E
On down to San Antone.

     E
When I was just a baby,

My Mama told me, "Son,

Always be a good boy,

Don't ever play with guns,"
      A
But I shot a man in Reno,
                  E
Just to watch him die,
       B7
When I hear that whistle blowin',
                   E
I hang my head and cry.

  E
I bet there's rich folks eatin',

In a fancy dining car,

They're probably drinkin' coffee,

And smokin' big cigars,
      A
But I know I had it comin',
                  E
I know I can't be free,
          B7
But those people keep a-movin',
                         E
And that's what tortures me.

      E
Well, if they freed me from this prison,

If that railroad train was mine,

I bet I'd move out over a little,

Farther down the line,
A
Far from Folsom Prison,
                       E
That's where I want to stay,
        B7
And I'd let that lonesome whistle,
               E
Blow my Blues away.


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