From the recording On This Ride

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On This Ride - Track 3: We had to record this. Bob’s arrangement is so unique, and we pass the prison every day on the way to work!
Johnny Cash, Bug Music OBO House of Cash


I hear the train a comin'
It's rolling round the bend
And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when
But I'm stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin' on
That train keeps a rollin', on down to San Anton

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
Now every time I hear that whistle I hang my head and cry..
I bet there's rich folks eating in a fancy dining car
They're probably drinkin' coffee and smoking big cigars
Well I know I had it coming, 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 just a little further 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.....