SLS: That Lonesome Whistle

Welcome to my entry for Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday, these week’s theme a song featuring Gun/Knife/Bomb/Weapon in the lyrics or lyrics relating to them.

My choice today is a well-known Conutry/Rockabilly song written by Johnny Cash called “Fulsom Prison Blues” which he originally recorded in 1955 but had a huge hit with in 1968 when it was released as a single from his album “Live at Fulsom Prison.” Although the initial writing credit was given to Johnny Cash, the song was heavily based on a number called “Crescent City Blues” by Gordon Jenkins, both in terms of melody and lyrics. Although nothing came of this upon original release, when the later single was hit, Cash paid Jenkins a settlement of $75000 following a lawsuit.

In a change of pace, the video I have selected of the song is not by Johnny Cash but a cover by a performer local to me performing the song at the Harp in Albrighton back in the day when it hosted live music. The video was recorded on a mobile phone way back in 2012.

Fulsome Prison Blues

written by Johnny Cash and Gordon Jenkins

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.

4 Comments

  1. willowdot21 says:

    New song to me and an interesting video 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I think he sounds a bit like Johnny Cash Sandman.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Sandman says:

      I thought that myself. He does a good impression of Laurel and Hardy doing Lonesome Pine as well

      Liked by 1 person

  3. A Cash impersonator. He did a good job! ☺️

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