Folsom Prison Blues chords by Johnny Cash


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Folsom Prison Blues | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| N.C C | C7 (G) | F |

Verse 1

| F | F |
I hear the train a-comin’, it’s rolling ’round the bend.
| F | F |
And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when.
| Bb | Bb | F | F |
I’m stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin’ on.
| C7 | C7 | F |
But that train keeps a rollin’ on down to San Antone.

Verse 2

| F | F |
When I was just a baby my mama told me.
| F | F |
“Son, always be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns”.
| Bb | Bb | F | F |
But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.
| C7 | C7 | F |
When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry.

Solo 1

| F | F | F | F |
| Bb | Bb | F | F |
| C7 | C7 | F |

Verse 3

| F | F |
I bet there’s rich folks eating in a fancy dining car
| F | F |
They’re probably drinkin’ coffee and smoking big cigars
| Bb | Bb | F | F |
Well I know I had it coming, I know I can’t be free
| C7 | C7 | F |
But those people keep a-movin’, and that’s what tortures me.

Solo 2

| F | F | F | F |
| Bb | Bb | F | F |
| C7 | C7 | F |

Verse 4

| F | F |
Well if they freed me from this prison, if that railroad train was mine.
| F | F |
I bet I’d move it on a little farther down the line.
| Bb | Bb | F | F |
Far from Folsom prison, that’s where I want to stay.
| C7 | C7 | F | C7 (G) | F |
And I’d let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away.


Folsom Prison Blues chords and progressions

Ah, that old famous 11-bar blues… Johnny Cash loves messing with time signatures and dropping bars, in Folsom Prison Blues, he’s taken the last bar out!

Here are the chords for Folsom Prison Blues, they never change!

||: F | F | F | F |
| Bb | Bb | F | F |
| C7 | C7 | F :||

Now all you need is a gig so you can go and enjoy yourself.


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