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Folsom Prison Blues Chords And Strumming, Johnny Cash

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Did You Know? Folsom Prison Blues was written in 1955 and recorded on Johnny Cash's very first album John Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar! He since recorded 97 albums and even performed the song live to in mates at Folsom State Prison in 1968. It was the song that he played first at almost every live performance he did and Rolling Stone Magazine considers Folsom Prison Blues to be the 51st greatest song of all time.

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Difficulty Level Of Original Recorded Song: Orange Pick

Most Advanced Rhythm:  White Pick 

Most Advanced Chord Change: Orange Pick (Yellow when played with Open Anchor Chords)

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Folsom Prison Blues Chords And Strumming, Johnny Cash

Open Chords:  (capo fret 1)

Open E chord

Open A chord

Open B7 chord


Strumming:

"Cash Bass*":    |B    D    B    D    |


Tempo: 103 bpm

Key: F


Verse 1 -

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |


I (Ex8)hear the train a-comin'; it's rollin' 'round the bend
And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when
I'm
(Ax4)stuck at Folsom Prison and time keeps draggin' (Ex4)on
But that
(B7x4)train keeps a-rollin' on down to San An (Ex2)tone



Verse 2 -

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |


When (Ex8)I was just a baby my mama told me son
Always be a good boy don't ever play with guns
But I
(Ax4)shot a man in Reno just to watch him (Ex4)die
When I
(B7x4)hear that whistle blowin' I hang my head and (Ex2)cry


Verse 3 (Instrumental) -

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |



Verse 4 -

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |


I (Ex8)bet there's rich folks eatin' in a fancy dining car
They're prob'ly drinkin' coffee and smokin' big cigars
But I
(Ax4)know I had it comin' I know I can't be (Ex4)free
But those
(B7x4)people keep a-movin' and that's what tortures (Ex2)me


Verse 5 (Instrumental) -

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |


Verse 6 -

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |


Well if they (Ex8)freed me from this prison

If that railroad train was mine
I bet I'd move on over a little farther down the line

(Ax4)Far from Folsom Prison that's where I want to (Ex4)stay
And I'd
(B7x4)let that lonesome whistle blow my blues a(Ex2)way


Outro -

|B7 - - - |B7 - - - |E - - - |E


Final Chord Strum: E

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Folsom Prison Blues Chords And Strumming, Johnny Cash

Open Chords:  (capo fret 1)

Open E chord

Open A chord

Open B7 chord


Strumming:

"Cash Bass":    |B    D U B    D U |

"Cash Bass":    |B    D U D U B    |


Tempo: 103 bpm

Key: F


Intro -


Verse 1 -

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |


I (Ex8)hear the train a-comin'; it's rollin' 'round the bend
And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when
I'm
(Ax4)stuck at Folsom Prison and time keeps draggin' (Ex4)on
But that
(B7x4)train keeps a-rollin' on down to San An (Ex2)tone



Verse 2 -

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |


When (Ex8)I was just a baby my mama told me son
Always be a good boy don't ever play with guns
But I
(Ax4)shot a man in Reno just to watch him (Ex4)die
When I
(B7x4)hear that whistle blowin' I hang my head and (Ex2)cry


Verse 3 (Instrumental) -

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |



Verse 4 -

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |


I (Ex8)bet there's rich folks eatin' in a fancy dining car
They're prob'ly drinkin' coffee and smokin' big cigars
But I
(Ax4)know I had it comin' I know I can't be (Ex4)free
But those
(B7x4)people keep a-movin' and that's what tortures (Ex2)me


Verse 5 (Instrumental) -

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |


Verse 6 -

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

|E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |E - - - |

|B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |B7 - - - |


Well if they (Ex8)freed me from this prison

If that railroad train was mine
I bet I'd move on over a little farther down the line

(Ax4)Far from Folsom Prison that's where I want to (Ex4)stay
And I'd
(B7x4)let that lonesome whistle blow my blues a(E)way

Final Chord Strum: E

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Folsom Prison Blues Lyrics


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
I'm stuck at Folsom Prison and time keeps draggin' on
But that train keeps a-rollin' on down to San Antone


When I was just a baby, my mama 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


I bet there's rich folks 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


Well, if they freed me from this prison

If that railroad train was mine
I bet I'd move on over 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

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