Chris Janson Lights Up Opry Stage With “Folsom Prison Blues” Cover


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The Grand Ole Opry just released a video of Chris Janson┬áhaving an upbeat performance of “Folsom Prison Blues.” Jason is known for his hit album “Buy Me A Boat” which boasts a contemporary sound, yet traditional feel that really grasped the country audience. He made an Opry debut in earlier in 2015, and from another Opry performance, a cover we hadn’t expected came about.

Chris Janson has a high energy on stage which laid a great foundation to cover a classic upbeat blues song. He performed “Folsom Prison Blues” which you can watch at the top of this article. This song was originally released by Johnny Cash in 1957 from his album “With His Hot and Blue Guitar.” The full set of lyrics are below:

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
Well 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 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