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Johnny Cash’s Iconic Journey “Folsom Prison Blues”

“Folsom Prison Blues” is a classic country song written and performed by the legendary Johnny Cash. It was released as a single in 1955 and later included on his debut album, “With His Hot and Blue Guitar!” in 1957.

The lyrics of “Folsom Prison Blues” tell the story of a man who is incarcerated in Folsom State Prison in California. The protagonist laments about being stuck in prison, expresses regret for his criminal actions, and fantasizes about what he would do if he were free. The famous opening line, “I hear the train a-comin’, it’s rolling ’round the bend,” has become iconic in the history of country music.

The song’s distinctive sound blends elements of country, rockabilly, and blues, and Cash’s deep, resonant voice adds to its authenticity. The train-like rhythm created by Luther Perkins’ guitar playing became a trademark of Cash’s early recordings.

“Folsom Prison Blues” has become one of Johnny Cash’s most well-known songs and a cornerstone of his repertoire. In 1968, Cash performed the song live at Folsom State Prison itself, and that performance was recorded and released as the album “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison,” further solidifying the song’s connection to the prison and its enduring legacy in the history of country and folk music.

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