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Roy Clark performs "Folsom Prison Blues"

 

Roy Clark Sings on Folsom Prison Blues The Jimmy Dean Show 

 Roy Clark has been an important and influential figure in country music, both as a performer and helping to popularize the genre.

"Folsom Prison Blues" is a song written in 1953 and first recorded in 1955 by Johnny Cash. The song combines elements from two popular folk styles, the train song and the prison song, both of which Cash continued to use for the rest of his career.It was the eleventh track on his debut album With His Hot and Blue Guitar and it was also included (same version) on All Aboard the Blue Train. A live version, recorded among inmates at Folsom State Prison itself, became a # 1 hit on the country music charts in 1968.

Roy Clark - Folsom Prison Blues Lyrics

 

I hear that train a-commin', it's rollin' around the bend

And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when

I'm stuck in Folsom prison and time keeps draggin' on

But that train keeps a-rollin' 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 blowin', I hang my head and cry

 

I bet there's rich folks eatin' 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-movin' and that's what tortures me

 

Well if that freed me from this prison

and that railroad train was mine

I bet I'd move it on 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

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