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(NPR)   50 years ago this week, Johnny Cash shot a man in Reno just to watch him die   ( npr.org) divider line
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2018-01-12 04:17:54 PM  
Many moons ago, when I was in first grade, pre-cable tv, I used to listen to records on the wi-fi. Sesame Street and other kids stuff. But I could also pull out my parents records. For some reason I started listening to the Folsom album. I listened to it probably daily, for months if not years. Definitely years. I didn't know what some of it meant, like cocaine, obviously. I thought "head in the noose" was "head in the news." I took "I thought I was her daddy but she had five more" literally. I knew the record by heart, including the banter. "These men have receptions, matlock a50632, and batshelter a39879." Still do. I memorized every drop of sweat on Cash's face on the cover. My parents thought it was weird, but they took me to see him live once. It's funny, I just listened to the album earlier today at work. I didn't submit the link, but thanks to whoever did. Obviously I have a very personal connection to the album.
 
2018-01-12 07:10:48 PM  
So why did he go to Folsom Prison in California, when
Reno is in Nevada????
 
2018-01-12 07:12:12 PM  
It's funny, 'cause his momma told him not to take his guns to town.
 
2018-01-12 07:12:34 PM  

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: So why did he go to Folsom Prison in California, when
Reno is in Nevada????


Because subby is an idiot.
 
2018-01-12 07:19:19 PM  
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2018-01-12 07:37:03 PM  
It was also when we met a boy named Sue.
 
2018-01-12 07:44:08 PM  
someonelse
I also was lucky enough to see Johnny Cash perform live. And although that song was already 40 years old by the time I seen him sing it, Johnny still demanded/commanded your attention because of his greatness.
 
2018-01-12 07:47:52 PM  
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2018-01-12 07:51:29 PM  

Ooba Tooba: someonelse
I also was lucky enough to see Johnny Cash perform live. And although that song was already 40 years old by the time I seen him sing it, Johnny still demanded/commanded your attention because of his greatness.


1968 was really the year he started getting back on track. A little after the prison record, Nashville Skyline, his collaboration with Dylan, came out and was also a critical and commercial success.
I remember getting both albums for my birthday in 1969.
 
2018-01-12 07:59:41 PM  
Johnny cash was the original pillster hipster.
 
2018-01-12 08:00:07 PM  

midigod: E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: So why did he go to Folsom Prison in California, when
Reno is in Nevada????

Because subby is an idiot.


Subby?  Know how we know you don't know the song?

I hear the train a comin'
It's rolling 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 blowing, I hang my head and cry

I bet there's rich folks eating in a fancy dining car
They're probably drinkin' coffee and smoking big cigars
Well I know I had it coming, 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 it on 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
 
2018-01-12 08:00:48 PM  

Another Government Employee: It was also when we met a boy named Sue.


A boy named Sue was written by Shel Silverstein, and it was about a transvesite who ended up sucking his fathers dick.
 
2018-01-12 08:08:19 PM  
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Gave his museum in Nashville a shot this past October.  Beyond incredible.
 
2018-01-12 08:15:33 PM  
For a second I thought the headline said Johnny Carson. I could imagine Carson strangling someone, and Ed McMahon is in the background going, "Hiyooooooooooooooo!"
 
2018-01-12 08:19:23 PM  
The Cash Hurt version is sad but fits the tone about growing old perfectly.
 
2018-01-12 08:27:43 PM  

theflatline: Another Government Employee: It was also when we met a boy named Sue.

A boy named Sue was written by Shel Silverstein, and it was about a transvesite who ended up sucking his fathers dick.


Riiiiigggghhhttt.

/ In the Folsom documentary, Cash talks about meeting Silverstein at his lake house just before he flew out for the concert. When he played the song, it was the very first time he had sung it all the way through.
 
2018-01-12 08:35:40 PM  
Folsom Prison Gangstaz Eazy E Johnny Cash DJ Topcat
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NSFW lyrics
 
2018-01-12 08:43:52 PM  

jaggspb: The Cash Hurt version is sad but fits the tone about growing old perfectly.


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The outro as you pass this bust leaving the museum (directly into the gift shop), is "Hurt."   You have been smarted.
 
2018-01-12 08:50:49 PM  

Incident on 57th Street: jaggspb: The Cash Hurt version is sad but fits the tone about growing old perfectly.

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The outro as you pass this bust leaving the museum (directly into the gift shop), is "Hurt."   You have been smarted.


Thanks.  I didn't know that.  I'll be sure to check that museum out the next time I'm in Nashville.
 
2018-01-12 09:13:49 PM  

jso2897: Ooba Tooba: someonelse
I also was lucky enough to see Johnny Cash perform live. And although that song was already 40 years old by the time I seen him sing it, Johnny still demanded/commanded your attention because of his greatness.

1968 was really the year he started getting back on track. A little after the prison record, Nashville Skyline, his collaboration with Dylan, came out and was also a critical and commercial success.
I remember getting both albums for my birthday in 1969.


For sure. Also, '69 was a great time for new records.
 
2018-01-12 09:28:49 PM  

monkeypapa: [Youtube mLqdyfgVtCQ image 480x360][Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/mLqdyfgV​tCQ]

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Boooo! That sucked ass. Turned it off right after it turned into a crappy rap version.

(And I'm not against rap at all, had the first NWA album and know that Strawberry is the neighborhood hoe)
 
2018-01-12 09:44:18 PM  
E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: So why did he go to Folsom Prison in California, when
Reno is in Nevada????


Because subby    Johnny Cash   is an idiot....  about geography?

ftfy
 
2018-01-12 09:51:54 PM  
Too bad we'll never meet alien species, because they'll never know about Johhny Cash.

Their loss.
 
2018-01-12 10:48:24 PM  
The only reason I get this reference is the Beastie Boys.
 
2018-01-12 11:09:12 PM  

Another Government Employee: theflatline: Another Government Employee: It was also when we met a boy named Sue.

A boy named Sue was written by Shel Silverstein, and it was about a transvesite who ended up sucking his fathers dick.

Riiiiigggghhhttt.

/ In the Folsom documentary, Cash talks about meeting Silverstein at his lake house just before he flew out for the concert. When he played the song, it was the very first time he had sung it all the way through.


You never heard part 2 of it did you?

The Father Of A Boy Named Sue ( sequel to A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash )
Youtube NeQmfPZUmHk



Okay now years ago I wrote a song called A Boy Named Sue and that was okay
And everything except then I started to think about it and I thought
It is unfair I am looking at the whole thing from the poor kid's point of view
And as I get more older and more fatherly
I begin to look at things from an old man's point of view
So I decided to give the old man equal time okay here we go)

Yeah I lef' home when the kid was three and it sure felt good to be fancy free
Tho I knew it wasn't quite the fatherly thing to do
But that kid kept screamin' and throwin' up and pissin' in his pants til I had enough
So just for revenge I went and named him Sue
Yeah it was Gatlinberg in mid July I was gettin' drunk but gettin' by
Gettin' old and goin' from bad to worse
When thru the door with an awful scream comes the ugliest queen I've ever seen
He says my name is Sue how do you do then he hits me with his purse

Now this ain't the way he tells the tale but he scratched my face with his fingernails
And then he bit my thumb and kicked me with his high-heeled shoe
So I hit him in the nose and he started to cry and he threw some perfume in my eye
And it sure ain't easy fightin' with a boy named Sue

So I hit him in the head with a caned-back chair
And he screamed hey dad you mussed my hair
And he hit me in the navel and knocked out a piece of my lint
He was spittin' blood I was spittin' teeth
And we crashed through the wall and out into the street
A kickin and gougin' in the mud and the blood and the creme de menth

Then out of his garter he pulls a gun I'm about to get shot by my very own son
He's screamin' bout Sigmond Freud and lookin' grim uh
So I thought fast and I told him some stuff
How I named him Sue just to make him tough
And I guess he bought it 'cause now I'm livin' with him
Yeah he cooks and sews and cleans up the place he cuts my hair and shaves my face
And irons my shirts better than a daughter could do
And on the nights that I can't score well I can't tell you anymore
Sure is a joy to have a boy named Sue yeah a son is fun

But it's a joy to have a boy named Sue
 
2018-01-12 11:50:28 PM  
I love Johhny Cash.  He was spiritual, grounded, badass. I grew up liking punk, then 80s college rock, some new wave, alternative and later Soundgarden and a few others.  Everything that wasn't mainstream pop.  And absolutely no country/western. Except Johnny Cash. I always liked him.

When my  wife and I were dating, she asked her mom (who was a bit older) "why does he like Johnny Cash?  He doesn't like that kind of music".  My future MIL said: "All  men like Johnny Cash"  I know it's pretty true.  Invariably, people who I don't share music  taste with at all still like Johnny Cash.

When Johnny Cash played a song, it was an odds on bet that it would become his.  The first time I heard Rusty Cage by Soundgarden, I loved it.  Then I heard Johnny's cover and new I was a fool.  It was actually written for him.  Same with Hurt and quite a few others.
 
2018-01-13 12:23:39 AM  

WyDave: Subby? Know how we know you don't know the song?


You might want to re-read the lyrics, because he doesn't get stuck in Folsom until AFTER the murder.  The article is about the anniversary of his being in the prison, not the anniversary of the murder.
 
2018-01-13 12:56:51 AM  
I grew up in Citrus Heights, CA. My stomping grounds back then were CH, Orangevale, and Folsom. Folsom Dam and Lake, in the shadow of the prison, were the settings for a good part of my teen years.

I think I was born knowing the words to that song. I had a chance to see Cash at Toad's Place in New Haven around '91. The ex didn't want to go so I missed it. A big regret.
 
2018-01-13 01:29:03 AM  

baxterdog: monkeypapa: [Youtube mLqdyfgVtCQ image 480x360][Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/mLqdyfgV​tCQ]

NSFW lyrics

Boooo! That sucked ass. Turned it off right after it turned into a crappy rap version.

(And I'm not against rap at all, had the first NWA album and know that Strawberry is the neighborhood hoe)


I liked it. Couldn't understand any lyrics other than Johnny's but it was interesting.
 
2018-01-13 02:33:26 AM  

freetomato: I grew up in Citrus Heights, CA. My stomping grounds back then were CH, Orangevale, and Folsom. Folsom Dam and Lake, in the shadow of the prison, were the settings for a good part of my teen years.


What years? My family lived in CH from 1968 to 1970 and Fair Oaks from 1974 to 1978.
 
2018-01-13 09:24:31 AM  
My all-time favourite image of Mr. Cash:
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2018-01-13 10:01:38 AM  

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An 8 x 10 of that is on my refrigerator right now. A friend gave it to me as a giftt she brought back from vacation. Said she took one look at it & thought of me.
 
2018-01-13 10:05:39 AM  

NDP2: freetomato: I grew up in Citrus Heights, CA. My stomping grounds back then were CH, Orangevale, and Folsom. Folsom Dam and Lake, in the shadow of the prison, were the settings for a good part of my teen years.

What years? My family lived in CH from 1968 to 1970 and Fair Oaks from 1974 to 1978.


I was born in '66, and lived in CH till I joined the USAF in '88. Went to Casa Roble HS, and had friends at Del Campo and Bella Vista.
 
2018-01-13 10:13:54 AM  

oldfarthenry: My all-time favourite image of Mr. Cash:
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I have,a poster oif that. Had it hanging at work for years.
 
2018-01-13 10:17:28 AM  
Wyclef Jean Delia's Gone
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i love this. Been a Johnny Cash fan since i was a kid.
 
2018-01-13 07:18:13 PM  

freetomato: NDP2: freetomato: I grew up in Citrus Heights, CA. My stomping grounds back then were CH, Orangevale, and Folsom. Folsom Dam and Lake, in the shadow of the prison, were the settings for a good part of my teen years.

What years? My family lived in CH from 1968 to 1970 and Fair Oaks from 1974 to 1978.

I was born in '66, and lived in CH till I joined the USAF in '88. Went to Casa Roble HS, and had friends at Del Campo and Bella Vista.


That's pretty close to where I was. Went to Cameron Ranch and John Holst grade schools and John Barrett Jr. High. My family moved away after I finished 7th grade in 1978.
 
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