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Folsom Prison Blues
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Folsom Prison Blues

"Folsom Prison Blues" is an American country music song written by Johnny Cash in the early 1950s and originally recorded by his trio in 1956 for the Sun Records label. The song combines elements from two popular folk genres, the train song and the prison song, which Cash would continue to mine for the duration of his career. The jailed protagonist, having shot a man in Reno "just to watch him die," listens to the whistle of the train outside his cell and imagines what he would do after being freed. Cash included the song in his repertory for decades, the definitive recorded live performance being the opening track of a concert at Folsom Prison itself on January 13, 1968, and released in the Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison album the same year.