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Johnny Cash: Folsom and other prison related tunes


"San Quentin, I hate every inch of you/

You've cut me and have scarred me through and through/

and I'll walk out a wiser, weaker man"

from the song "San Quentin"

lyrics from Johnny Cash: the songs


Books and print materials


Contrary to popular belief, Johnny Cash never served hard time in prison, especially not at Folsom Prisoon. The song "Folsom Prison Blues" was released on Cash's first album, and has been popular ever since. Throughout his career, Cash played numerous shows in prison. Folsom prison was the first of these shows to be recorded live in 1968.


The following are the recording we have available at the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives. Click on the link to see the catalog record! To find records, either type in "Cash, Johnny" in the author field, or the name of the record or specific song in the title field.

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