Label: Charly Records - L 277 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Compilation 180g • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Rock & Roll
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 one of Cash's signature songs. A live version, recorded among inmates at Folsom Folsom Prison Blues - Various - The Sun Records Rock N Roll Collection Prison itself, became a No. In JuneRolling Stone ranked it No. Cash was inspired to write this song after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force at Landsberg, Bavaria itself the location of a famous prison.
Cash recounted how he came up with the line "But I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die": "I sat with my pen in my hand, trying to think up the worst reason a person could have for killing another person, and that's what came to mind. Cash took the melody for the song and many of the lyrics from Gordon Jenkins 's Seven Dreams concept albumspecifically the song " Crescent City Blues ".
The song was released as a single with another song recorded at the same session, " So Doggone Lonesome ". Early inboth sides reached No. When photographer Jim For Whom The Bell Tolls (Single B-Side) - W.A.S.P.
- The Headless Children asked Cash why the song's main character was serving time in California's Folsom Prison after shooting a man in Reno, Nevadahe responded, "That's called poetic license. Cash opened almost all of his concerts with "Folsom Prison Blues," after greeting the audience with his trademark introduction, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash," for decades. Cash performed the song at Folsom Prison itself on January 13,which was recorded and later released as a live album titled At Folsom Prison.
That opening version of the song is more up-tempo than the original Sun recording. According to a special feature on the DVD release of the biopic Walk the Linethe prisoners avoided cheering at any of Cash's comments about the prison itself, fearing reprisal from guards. The performance again featured Cash, Perkins and Grant, as on the original recording, together with W. Holland drums. Released as a single, the live version reached number 1 on the country singles chart, and number 32 on the Hotin From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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