Johnny Cash was an american singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He was widely considered one of the most influential musician of the 20th century and one of the best selling music artist of all time selling more than 90 million records worldwide. Although primarily remembered as a country music icon his genre spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel.
- 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
In this stanza Johnny is talking about being stuck in prison and wanting to be somewhere other than prison. Although he never spent more than one night in jail he just had a lot of compassion for outlaws and prisoners.
- 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
Johnny is saying that parents tell you to do certain things and to just be good. Once he killed the man and heard the train whistle he knew he was going to prison.
- 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
He talks about how people are having a good time drinking coffee and having a cigar. He knew he was getting locked up and he wouldn't be free for along time. The people that are free and can do whatever torture him because he cant do any of those things in prison.