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lose your dreams and you will lose your mind, ain't life unkind?

12.18.2005

Folsom Prison Blues




















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 in 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 probably 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 out 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.
- The Lovely Johnny Cash


Happy Birthday Keith Richards

16 Comments:

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Nabonidus said...

The Man in Black.
When I saw the video for the first time of him doing Trent Reznor's "Hurt" I wept. Of course I weep more easily these days, but I know people,
guys that don't cry that wept when they saw that, too. ( my mechanic, a cool boy of about 18. Huge Cash fan).
It's because he's real, he's the shit, he's lived it and lived still more, to tell the tale.Ooops, was, past tense.
My mom used to go all over the south singing in churches with the Cash family back in the 50's, I think. when she was a girl.
I come from a musical family.My grampa was an incredible blue-grass style guitarist.
I like how no matter how big Johhny Cash got, he stayed humble and real. The people I knew as a kid that had been in prison all think of him as a God. They'll "shank" someone for talking shit about that guy, if anyone ever did.lolol He reached across race, faith, wealth. He touched and spoke to everyone. F*ck yeah, Johnny Cash is the shit. :)
But don't lead his life, Claire.
You're so lucky to have access to certain people this early, that can enlighten you about stuff like this.
I didn't have that, none of us normally do have access like this.
If you can actually follow this kind of advice, you will be so ahead of the game. Especially at this age.
You are already ahead of the game.
Most of the time when you find out artists like this ( or people in general) have destroyed themselves, it's due to picking something up because they were hurting. When bad shit happens in life, don't turn to drugs and things
to kill the pain.
I've learned that like 99 % of the time in life when somone does something stupid, really really self destructive, it's due to A: Love
or B: Pain (usually one leads to the other)

So if love kicks your ass down the road, or something reeaally bad happens, don't turn to alcohol or drugs to kill the pain. I've saved you 5000 behind the music episodes
that I've seen, lol. Plus my experiences and those of all the people ever known.
Just deal with the pain, talk to people, etc. It's ok to talk about what's bothering you.People really do seem to appreciate directness, and understanding. Poeple like to know what other people are thinking.
Don't be afraid to sound like you are complaining, if you gripe about something to me or anyone.
I almost wonder if you are a little blue lately. You can always email me. I'll keep mum and I won't judge.
And I didn't mean to sound preachy. But Johnny Cash, hey.
It's totally on topic. :)lol
xoxoLisa

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger Nabonidus said...

ooops, sorry for my language and my length of post.:)
I know I tend to get a little coarse
once in awhile. I need to work on it. :)

 
At 3:41 PM, Blogger E.L. Wisty said...

Johnny Cash was like no other. He had AUTHORITY, he was REAL like Lisa noted. Have you got the "Live at San Quentin" recording, from his show at San Quentin prison in 1969. If not, much much recommended. The modern rockers think they're though. Well, they've nothing on The Man In Black.

 
At 12:52 PM, Blogger musicmikey said...

Hi Claire, I love Johnny Cash, he was dark, and made no appologies for it. He talks about times, and places, but it shakes the worlds foundations, its so honest. Great blog, hope your doing good.
Take care.
mikey

 
At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post, girl. Good luck at the talent show this week, Claire! Can't wait to see you this weekend.
Love, AL

 
At 10:09 PM, Blogger Kevin Seegan said...

I've always loved Johnny Cash, he always speaks his mind in his music. He is also one of my favorite american song writers. Like wisty said, live in san quentin is an amazing recording. Keep on truckin'!

-Kevin

 
At 12:19 PM, Blogger Nabonidus said...

Thanks for reminding me of that, EL.
I have to go get some of that. I don't personally own that but others I've known did.
Heh, you know what one of my faves is?
Well, boy named Sue for one. But I actually like that one that popped up on a hertz commerical a coupkle years back I think. "I've been everywhere man". That's some rockin'.
I try and say all the states names fast like he did, but I fail.
Hey, OT, another ancient,ancient,song
that rocks 'Whole lotta shakin' goin on"
By Jerry Lee Lewis.My parents were
little kids rocking to this stuff. Like, really young.
But I gotta admit, that song rocks.
Even some of the ways he does some word rhythm, it's almost like archaic rap traces. " We got chicken in the barn who's barn your barn my barn" I love that part.
My parents played it all the time when I was growing up.
Check it out, if you haven't! xoxoLisa
Email me if you want, let me know how you're doing. :)

 
At 7:51 PM, Blogger psychedelic butterfly said...

Hey Clare
I love Johnny Cash, he was never afraid of speaking his mind, which I find makes his songs more meaningful.
Thank you for the lovely messages you left on my blog. I do like some of the Macca’s stuff and do like wings, but I’m not as much of a fan of his as I am of Johns and Georges . I’ve seen him twice in concert which was obviously great but I find he’s gone a bit ‘up his own ****’ (just my opinion :P) which is sad but he still does turn out some good music occasionally.
Take care,
Charlotte x
p.s. you’d love my other tattoo as you seem to be a huge Beatles fan, its of Jeremy the Nowhere Man, ill try get a pic posted up of it.

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger E.L. Wisty said...

Just wishing happy holidays! Hope the next year is going to be a good one!

 
At 8:30 PM, Blogger Mike S said...

Yeaaaah cool Johnny Cash song and
look.

Have the Happiest Happy Holidays Claire,you and your whole family!:O)

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Hi Sweetie,

I was so happy to see your holiday greeting over at my blog. You are so kind & thoughtful.

I love Mr. Cash. You know any boy that would call himself Sue, has got to be OK. He really was the epitome of COOL.

I wish you a Merry Holiday Season, full of Joy & the good Karma that YOU bring to the world.

XO
Sue

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger Anne-Marie said...

Hi Claire,

We just saw Walk The Line last weekend and it made me remember why he was the coolest. I'm not a fan of country music normally, but he just has a quality- I think it's just his raw honesty- that makes me want to listen to every word and note.

Have a great holiday and best wishes to you and your family for 2006!

Cheers,
Anne-Marie

 
At 5:05 PM, Blogger SimonT said...

Hey Claire - thanks for being part of my blog over the past few months - I've really enjoyed being part of this secret world. Have a fun Xmas and New Year.

 
At 6:07 PM, Blogger Marietta said...

Hello Claire Eliza,

Have a wonderful Christmas!!!

xoxoxo
and
hohoho

 
At 8:21 PM, Blogger Seychelle said...

Merry Kringle Claire,

No doubt you will follow in the footsteps of the greats! Love your travel pictorial. Elvis is King! Paul M. is pretty cute too. See my blog for early Beatles pics of Paul and the gang!

Noel,
oxo Seychelle

 
At 5:50 AM, Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Merry Christmas Sweet Claire!!

Have a fab day and I hope you get lots of loot!

X-Molly

 

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