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"FOLSOMPRISON BLUES"Johnny Cash

As heard on The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 (CO LU MB IA/LEGACY)


Words and Music by John R. Cash Transcribed by Hemme Lutt je boer and Matt Scharfglass

NOTE: The tape speed was slowed down slightl y on th e recording, lowering the pit ch of all instrum ents approximately
one quarter step. To pla y along with the recording , tune all str ings slightl y flat.
All guita r parts are performed with a capo at the second fret.
All chord shapes and tablature positions are relative to the capo. All notes and chords sound almost one whole step higher than written (key of F #, slightly flat ).


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[filverses (0:06, 0:33, 1:25, 2:16)
( !.) hear the train a-comin' It's rollln' 'round the bend and
(2 .) was just a baby my mama told me "Son
(3.) bet there's rich folks eatin' in a fancy dinin' car They're
(4.) freed me from this prison If that railroad train was mine I
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Always be a good boy Don't ever play with guns" But I
prob'ly drinkin' coffee and smokin' big cigars Well I
bet I'd move it on a little farther down the line
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Copyrighl 1956 ( Renewed 1984) HOUSE or CASH. INC. (BMI) I Administe,ed bl' BUG MUSIC.
All Rights R~served. Used by Petmission. Reprinted by Permission of Hal Leonard Corporation.

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"FOLSOMPRISON BLUES"
stuck in Folsom Prison and time keeps draggin' on
shot a man in Reno just to watch him
know I had it comin' I know I can't be
Far from Folsom Prison That's where want to
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train keeps a-rollin' on down to San Antone
hear that whistle blowin' I hang my head and
people keep a-movin' and that's what tortures
let that lonesome whistle blow my blues
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