Johnny Cash

Folsom Prison Blues (ver. 3) Tab

Johnny Cash

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Folsom Prison Blues (ver. 3)

  		Folsom Prison Blues Original: 
I've seen old video footage of Johnny playing this in F 
with a capo on the 1st fret while he was playing an E chord 
and I've seen footage of him playing in E with no capo. 
I think most people play it in E so that's what I'm going  
to tab. 
Be sure and palm mute the rhythm on both versions 
 
intro to original: 
e------------------------------------- 
b------------------------------------- 
g------------------------------------- 
d-------1-1-----------2---2---2---2--- 
a-2-2-2-----2-----------2-------2----- 
e-------------2^(3)-0-------0-------0- 
                    *keep playing this over the E chord 
When you come to the A chord you play this. 
e--------------------------- 
b--------------------------- 
g--------------------------- 
d---2---2-------2---2---2--- 
a-----2-------0-------0----- 
e-0-------2-4-----0-------0- 
              A chord 
Then back to E 
e--------------------------- 
b--------------------------- 
g--------------------------- 
d---2---2---2-------2---2--- 
a-0-------0-----------2----- 
e-----0-------4-2-0-------0- 
                  E chord: continue to B 
e------------------------------------------------- 
b------------------------------------------------- 
g------------------------------------------------- 
d---2---2---2---2-------1---1---1---1-1----------- 
a-----2-------2---0-1-2-------2---------2--------- 
e-0-------0---------------2-------2-------2^(3)-0- 
                      B                         E 
solo: 1st & 2nd solo 
e-----7-10-7-10-7-----7-10-7-10-----7-10-7-10-7- 
b-8h9-------------8h9-----------8h9------------- 
g----------------------------------------------- 
d----------------------------------------------- 
a----------------------------------------------- 
e----------------------------------------------- 
 
e-----7-10-7-10-7---------------5----5-5-5--9--9--9--9--9- 
b-8h9-------------9-----2-2---2-2----5-5-5--10-10-10-10-10 
g------------------9----2-2-2-2----/6---6---9-----------9- 
d-----------------------2---2----------------------------- 
a---------------------0----------------------------------- 
e--------------------------------------------------------- 
 
e--------------------------------------------------- 
b--------------------------------------------------- 
g--------------------------------------------------- 
d---------2---2---2---2-------1---1---1-1----------- 
a-----------2-------2---0-1-2-------2-----2--------- 
e-2^(3)-0-------0---------------2-----------2^(3)-0- 
 
The second version is the live version off the  
Farm Aid Volume 1 cd. 
The rhythm is a little different with a lot of echo. 
e---------------------------------------- 
b---------------------------------------- 
g---------------------------------------- 
d-------1-1------------------------------ 
a-2-2-2-----2---------2-0--------2---2--- 
e-------------2^(3)-0----2^(3)-0---0---0- 
  B                 E             continue to A 
e------------- 
b------------- 
g------------- 
d------------- 
a-----0---0--- 
e-2-4---0---0- 
      A     continue back to E 
Play this lick when going back to E 
e------------------------------------------------ 
b-2---------------------------------4------------ 
d-2---------------------------------4------------ 
g-----------------------------------4------------ 
a--2p0-------2---2-2p0----2---2---2---2-0-------- 
e-----2-0--0---0------2-0---2---2---------2^(3)-0 
        E                 B                     E 
Solo: 1st & 2nd solo 
e----7-10-7-10-7----7-10-7-10----7-10-7-10-7- 
b-8h9------------8h9----------8h9------------ 
g-------------------------------------------- 
d-------------------------------------------- 
a-------------------------------------------- 
e-------------------------------------------- 
 
e----7-10-7-10-7------------------------------------------- 
b-8h9-----------9--------------------------------2--------- 
g----------------9---------------------2--2-2-2-2---------- 
d----------------------------2--2-2-2-2-------------------- 
a------------------0--0-0-0-0------------------------------ 
e---------------------------------------------------------- 
 
e---------------------------------------------------- 
b---------------------------------------------------- 
g---------------------------------------------------- 
d------------------------1-1-----1-1----------------- 
a---------2---2p0----2-2-----2--2---2--------2p0----- 
e-2^(3)p0---0----2-0-----------------2^(3)-0-----2-0-
	  

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