Monday, November 7, 2011

1000 SONGS - DAY 118: SONG # 148

Day 118: Another Song About Guilt

Johnny Cash wrote a classic song about guilt, the Folsom Prison Blues, containing the famous line: "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die". It was first released on December 15, 1955, on Sun Records. Cash is known for many many things, among them his shows in prisons (most famous the ones in San Quentin State Prison, resulting in the album At San Quentin), and I do like the reading of this that says, that he wanted to show that people in prison are still to be regarded as human beings. Be that as it may, listen to the original Sun recording, a rather slow version of the song compared to the way it was done later in live shows:

As part of a tribute album to the great JC, Keb'Mo' has delivered a very fine version of the song (changing the famous line to "but that was just a lie"). His version explains why this song is called the Folsom Prison BLUES:

Finally, a rendering of the song as done live by Johnny himself in prison:

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