Thursday, 26 February 2009

Happy Birthday Johnny Cash!

The late great and never to be forgotten Johnny Cash would have been 77 years old today. R.I.P. Johnny Cash.

Here's my favourite Cash song, which one is yours?
(Incidentally he's singing the Folsom Prison Blues at San Quentin State Prison in this video.)

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

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,
Far from Folsom Prison,
That's where I want to stay,
And I'd let that lonesome whistle,
Blow my Blues away.

Here's a link to an npr stream called 'Inside Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison' with loads of great links where you can listen and compare Gene Beley's recording, from the audience, of Cash's 1968 performance at Folsom Prison, with the official recordings, from the album, "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison". Enjoy these great moments of musical history.

npr - Inside Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison

and because I couldn't resist, here's a recording of Folsom Prison Blues from 1959. Check out the gum chewing moment.

1 comment:

Ian France said...

Man, Johnny Cash is the man! My favorite song of his has got to be "I've Been Everywhere" but all of his songs are great. R.I.P.

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