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Polly Peacock

Downingtown, United States

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The town of Folsom, first named Granite City, sprung up during the Gold Rush and was occupied by those seeking fortunes in the Sierra Nevadas. The infamous Folsom Prison was built in 1885. Johnny Cash never did time at Folsom Prison, but Folsom Prison became well known in 1968 when Johnny performed the his song, “Folsom Prison Blues,” inside of the prison. Today, Folsom, California has been beautifully restored and is full of antique shops, great restaurants and many historic markers. This photograph was taken with a Canon XTI.

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Folsom Prison Blues!

by Johnny Cash:

I hear the train a comin’
It’s rollin’ ‘round the bend,
And I ain’t seen the sunshine,
Since, I don’t know when,
I’m stuck in Folsom Prison,
And time keeps draggin’ on,
But that train keeps a-rollin’,
On down to San Antone.

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 blowin’,
I hang my head and cry.

I bet there’s rich folks eatin’,
In a fancy dining car,
They’re probably drinkin’ coffee,
And smokin’ big cigars,
But I know I had it comin’,
I know I can’t be free,
But those people keep a-movin’,
And that’s what tortures me.

Well, if they freed me from this prison,
If that railroad train was mine,
I bet I’d move out over a little,
Farther down the line,
Far from Folsom Prison,
That’s where I want to stay,
And I’d let that lonesome whistle,
Blow my Blues away.

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