From '' Meathook Lover ''
Label: Hangmen Records – HMR005
01. All The Boppin' Crazies
02. Where Have You Been
03. House Up In The Woods
04. Meathook Lover
05. My Lonesome
06. At The End Of The Day
07. The Number Of The Beast
08. Sweet Whiskey
09. 100 Miles Away
10. Folsom Prison Blues
11. Remember What We Said
12. World Gone Mad
13. Slasher Rock N' Roll
14. Rockabilly Rebel
15. Buried / Treasure
16. Blood Lust Love
17. Thorazine Stomp
"Folsom Prison Blues" is an American country music song credited to Johnny Cash.
The song combines elements from two popular folk genres, the train song and the prison song, both of which Cash would continue to use for the rest of his career.
It has become one of Cash's signature songs.
In the lyrics, the jailed protagonist listens to the whistle of a train outside his cell and recounts his crimes ("I shot a man in Reno/just to watch him die"), imagines the free people inside the train ("They're probably drinking coffee and smoking big cigars") and dreams of what he would do if he were free. "I know I had it coming/I know I can't be free," sings the imprisoned man. "But those people keep a'moving/and that's what tortures me."
Charley Pride covered the song on Country Charley Pride (RCA, 1966) before it hit number one on the charts.
Bob Dylan has recorded or performed the song on The Basement Tapes in 1967, during the Nashville Skyline sessions in May 1969, and during the Never Ending Tour, but it has never been released commercially.
Merle Haggard recorded the song on his 1968 Album Mama Tried.
The International Submarine Band recorded the song on the EP Safe at Home, in 1968.
Waylon Jennings covered the song on Jewels in 1968; the same recording appeared on Heartaches By The Number in 1972; and a new version on the album Black on Black in 1982.
Slim Harpo recorded the song for Excello Records in 1969.
Kentucky based cowpunk band Nine Pound Hammer covered this song on their second album, Smokin' Taters!.
The song was covered by The Screaming Jets on their 1992 EP Living in England.
Brooks & Dunn covered the song on the 1994 album Red Hot + Country, released by the Red Hot Organization.
The Reverend Horton Heat covered the song on the 1999 greatest hits album, Holy Roller.
Keb' Mo' covered it on the 2002 tribute album Kindred Spirits: A Tribute to the Songs of Johnny Cash. He changed the Reno line to "They say I shot a man down in Reno, but that was just a lie."
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings covered the song in the 2003 tribute album Johnny's Blues: A Tribute To Johnny Cash (Northern Blues)
The New York-based indie rock band Firewater covered the song on their 2004 album, Songs We Should Have Written.
Celtic rock band Blaggards blended the song with Pete St. John's "Fields of Athenry" to create a medley called "Prison Love Songs".
Canadian country music singer George Canyon covered the song on his 2007 album Classics.
Black Stone Cherry often play this song live, and is featured on their album Live At The Astoria.
Volbeat used the music as a tribute to Cash in the song "Sad Man's Tongue" in 2007.
Everlast covered the song on his 2008 album Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford.