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Lyr Req/Add: Walls of a Prison (Johnny Cash)

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NEWFOUNDLANDER 15 Feb 98 - 04:21 PM
Joe Offer 16 Feb 98 - 01:43 AM
Gene 16 Feb 98 - 11:37 PM
NEWFOUNDLANDER 17 Feb 98 - 03:45 PM
GUEST,maple_leaf_boy 16 Nov 08 - 12:51 AM
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Subject: WALLS OF A PRISON
From: NEWFOUNDLANDER
Date: 15 Feb 98 - 04:21 PM

This is part of the song. They watch us by sunlight. They watch us by spotlight. But I know a way for a man to go free. Down under my cell, I'm digging a tunnel. The walls of a prison will never hold me.

I think Johnny Cash might have done this song.


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Subject: RE: WALLS OF A PRISON
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Feb 98 - 01:43 AM

Well, Newfoundlander, I figured any song about a prison would have to be in Cowpie, the country lyrics archive. As would be expected, Cowpie has lots of songs with the word "prison" - but the Digital Tradition right here has lots more. Could it be that, despite the stereotype of country music, that it's us folkies who are the real jailbirds? No luck finding your song, though
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: WALLS OF A PRISON
From: Gene
Date: 16 Feb 98 - 11:37 PM

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Johnny Cash wrote THE WALLS OF A PRISON
after performing for the inmates at Folsom Prison, California.
Based on an original British tune; 'THE UNFORTUNATE RAKE'.
Written over one hundred years ago, the same tune was used in the
1890's for the 'THE COWBOY'S LAMENT',
also known as 'THE STREETS OF LAREDO'.

THE WALLS OF A PRISON
Recorded by Johnny Cash
Writer: Johnny Cash

I [D] walked in the [A7] big yard to [D] feel the warm [A7] sunshine
A [D] ninety-nine [G] year man stepped [D]over to [A7] me
He [D] offered a [A7] smoke and he [D] said as I [A7] rolled it
To-[D] morrow I'm [G] goin' to break [A7] out and and go [D] free.

CHORUS
[D] They watch us by sunlight, [G] they watch us by spotlight
But [D] I know a way for a [E7] man to go [A7] free
Down [D] under my cell, I'm [G] diggin' a tunnel
The [D] walls of a prison will [A7] never hold [D] me.

I told him that I'd have no part of his scheming
My time would be over, one year from today
His eyes blazed with fire and he looked right thru me
Bitter, but broken, again he did say.

CHORUS

Next morning at breakfast, the old man was missing
Then we all heard the rifles, high up on the wall
He'd gone thru the tunnel, just like he had promised
And they said he was cryin', when they saw him fall.

CHORUS

JOHNNY CASH-FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA/COLUMBIA CS-9447


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Subject: RE: WALLS OF A PRISON
From: NEWFOUNDLANDER
Date: 17 Feb 98 - 03:45 PM

THANKS GENE FOR THIS SONG AND ALSO FOR ROSES ARE RED.


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Subject: RE: WALLS OF A PRISON
From: GUEST,maple_leaf_boy
Date: 16 Nov 08 - 12:51 AM

This is a good song. I have it in the book "Johnny Cash: The Songs",
(a lyric book of just songs and poems that he wrote)
I first heard it when I watched the 1969 film Johnny Cash: The Man,
His World, His Music. (I remember that the second verse wasn't played in the movie, though).

When he sings "But I know a way for a man to go free", I'm reminded of
the line "I first set my sights on Sweet Molly Malone", from
Cockles and Mussels. (But just in the melody of that particular
phrase).


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