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    Folsom Prison Blues

    Johnny Cash

    You can find audio files explaining each part of this song here: Jam Tracks
    (near bottom of page)


    Capo 2


    Chord Guide

           213 4

    B7:   x21202


    A:    x02220


    E:    022100



    Strum: B   D U B   D U

           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


    Intro:  / B7 - - - / - - - - / E - - - / - - - - / - - - - / - - - - /


        E (8)

    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,

            A (4)
    I'm stuck in Folsom Prison,

                                         E (4)
    And time keeps draggin' on,

                  B7 (4)
    But that train keeps a-rollin',

                                E (2)
    On down to San Antone.

             E (8)
    When I was just a baby,
    My Mama told me, "Son,
    Always be a good boy,
    Don't ever play with guns,"

               A (4)
    But I shot a man in Reno,

                                E (4)
    Just to watch him die,

                 B7 (4)
    When I hear that whistle blowin',

                                    E (2)
    I hang my head and cry.

    Solo (instrumental verse)


       E (8)
    I bet there's rich folks eatin',
    In a fancy dining car,
    They're probably drinkin' coffee,
    And smokin' big cigars,

               A (4)
    But I know I had it comin',

                                E (4)
    I know I can't be free,

                     B7 (4)
    But those people keep a-movin',

                                          E (2)
    And that's what tortures me.


    Solo (instrumental verse)

                        E (8)
    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,

      A (4)
    Far from Folsom Prison,

                                        E (4)
    That's where I want to stay,

               B7 (4)
    And I'd let that lonesome whistle,

                               E (2)
    Blow my blues away.


    / B7 - - - / - - - - / E - - - / E (hold) /













    This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.