The Horror Honeys: Murder Monday Jam - 'Folsom Prison Blues'

Murder Monday Jam - 'Folsom Prison Blues'

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

When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry..

My love for The Man in Black is very old, and I've mentioned it before, but most of my taste in music comes from my father's influence - listening to blues radio in the car and on Saturday nights from a college radio station in Washington. My own journey with Johnny Cash follows those footsteps, and while I'm a sucker (like most people I know) for the June Carter/Johnny love story thang, I was always struck by how Johnny's morose appearance, attitudes and subject matter were so widely accepted and loved by the audiences he toured for. It seems odd to watch this live performance and listen to the stark depression of the lyrics against a background of splashy guitar strumming, and a clapping cheering audience.  

Cash recounted how he came up with the line "But I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die": "I sat with my pen in my hand, trying to think up the worst reason a person could have for killing another person, and that's what came to mind."  ~SH