I hear the train a-comin’

The one, the only

The one, the only

On January 13, 1968, Johnny Cash gave two of the most definitive performances of his career. The shows took place in an unconventional space outside of Sacramento, California. That place, of course, was Folsom Prison. The album made from the live acts, At Folsom Prison, heralded a turnaround in Cash’s personal and professional existence.

A lot of tributes have been paid and much ink has been spilled about the musician and the concert, both by minds more knowledgeable about Cash and inmate culture than me. I will say this: Johnny Cash’s sympathy for the downtrodden is more apropos than ever, as a deficit the size of the Milky Way looms and a kind of widespread desperation about the future scratches at the edges of everyones’ minds. It’s something that Cash chose not to sing the final verse of “Busted” at Folsom Prison. The first line of that section laments, “Lord, I’m no thief but a man can go wrong when he’s busted.” It’s as if he understood that the members of the audience didn’t need to be told what they already knew.

  • Johnny Cash ~ At Folsom Prison ~ Columbia



2 Responses to “I hear the train a-comin’”

  1. 1 Danielle January 14, 2009 at 6:20 AM

    Johnny is totally money, bb. Totally.

  2. 2 oldvertue0103 January 14, 2009 at 6:26 AM

    Word, chica. You know the score.

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