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Folsom prison blues2   Johnny Cash


Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
(from "The Songs of Johnny Cash")

I hear the train a-comin'; it's rollin' 'round the bend,

  G                                              G7
And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when,

    C7                                             G
I'm stuck at Folsom Prison and time keeps draggin' on.

         D7                                     G
But that train keeps a-rollin' on down to San Antone.

2. When I was just a baby, my momma 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.

3. I bet there's rich folk eatin'in a fancy dining car.
   They're prob'ly 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.

4. Well if they freed me from this prison, if that railroad train was mine,
   I bet I'd move it all 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.

I think Cash' recording goes E - A - B7, otherwise this is correct, of course.

Well no one has requested this but here are the riffs
from Johnny Cash's "Fulsom Prison Blues".  I'd like to 
see tab/chords for any of his other songs, particularly
"Ring of Fire."    All mistakes are mine alone ... Kevin

h    = hammer 
p    = pull off
b    = bend
(B7) = chord

INTRO and END ...
D        1 1               Verse = E A B7
A  2 2 2     2                 alternate pick / downstrum
E              3b4b3 0         ie. pick 5th / down /
                                   pick 6th / down
SOLO ...
e      7 9p7 10 7       7 9p7 9b10b9
B  8h9              8h9
G                                       x 2
e  7 6 5     5           5       5   9 5   12 11 12 11
B              5           5       5     5
G        6 6     6   6 6     6
D    0h2   2     2     2     0h2   2
A        2         0h2           2         0 1
E  0           0           0           0 4
D                                    1   1   1   1      
A  2 (B7)   (B7) 2 (B7)   (B7) 0h2 2   2   1   0
E         2             2                          2b3b2 0

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