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Album cover parody of At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash
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Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

Johnny Cash/Tim Hardin, Johnny Cash or Tom Jones, Johnny Cash & Nine Inch Nails, Johnny Cash and others

Jokes:

Knock! Knock!! Who's there? Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash who? Gesundheit
Submitted by: Lee
What did the police officer make Johnny Cash do when he got pulled over for drunk driving?
.....Walk the Line
Submitted by:
There are additional music jokes available.

Music Performer Pseudonyms:

Also known as: J. R. Cash. Submitted by: crazydon

Also known as: J. R. Cash. Submitted by: Seth M. Webster

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: Man in Black. Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.

Known informally as: The Man in Black. Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Spiritual"Jesus If you hear my last breath / Don't leave me here / Left to die a lonely death / I know I have sinned / But Lord I'm suffering - Azrael
"Ballad Of Ira Hayes"Not surprisingly, neither the word "ballad" nor the phrase "ballad of" tend to be found in the lyrics of songs whose titles begin with that phrase. The most familiar line is probably at the beginning of each chorus: "Call him drunken Ira Hayes. He don't answer anymore." So a possible "alternate title" by which it might be known could be "Call Him Drunken Ira Hayes" or simply "Ira Hayes". - Thessaly Danes

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Folsom Prison Orange""Folsom Prison Blues"Odie Garfield
"Folsom Prison Reds""Folsom Prison Blues"Francis A. Sissy
"Folsom Prison Booze""Folsom Prison Blues"Regina Haniger
"Wholesome Prison Blues""Folsom Prison Blues"Annette Oraline Fisher
"Orange Bosom Special""Orange Blossom Special"Carmen Nunki

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart,"Hearts don't have bathrooms.Isac
"Everybody Loves A Nut,"Except for those with allergies.Peter
"A Boy Named Sue,"Hello!? Sue is a GIRL's name!!Chowder
"Any Old Wind That Blows,"Age is not an attribute of winds.Heather Brockwell
"Port Of Lonely Hearts,"Ports are places for ships, not internal organsSusanna Viljanen

There are additional literally impossible song titles available.

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Be My Number Two," Joe Jackson"Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart," Johnny Cash
"Fool Number One," Brenda Lee"Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart," Johnny Cash
"What's Inside A Girl?," The Cramps"Flesh And Blood," Johnny Cash
"Watching TV," Roger Waters"The Baron," Johnny Cash
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"It's Just About Tie" originally "It's Just About Time"
Candy Welty
"It's Just Bout Time" originally "It's Just About Time"
Candy Welty
"It's Just About Tim" originally "It's Just About Time"
Candy Welty
"Next In Lie" originally "Next In Line"
Candy Welty
"Net In Line" originally "Next In Line"
Candy Welty

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Katy Toot" originally "Katy Too"
Did Katy eat a lot of beans?
Thessaly Danes
"Bit's Just About Time" originally "It's Just About Time"
Candy Welty
"It's Just About Timer" originally "It's Just About Time"
Candy Welty
"Louisiana Manx" originally "Louisiana Man"
Alyssa Jayne
"Louisiana Main" originally "Louisiana Man"
As in water main
Alyssa Jayne

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"It's Just About Mime" originally "It's Just About Time"
Candy Welty
"It's Just About Tide" originally "It's Just About Time"
Candy Welty
"It's Just About Dime" originally "It's Just About Time"
Candy Welty
"It's Just About Tile" originally "It's Just About Time"
Candy Welty
"It's Just About Tame" originally "It's Just About Time"
Candy Welty

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Recordings:

Mar 5
a parody of "I've Been Everywhere" by Johnny Cash
The title says it all... possibly my favourite recording so far, but very difficult to sing at speed.
soundclick.com: (mp3)

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Rock Island Line""Port Jervis Line"Joe the Crazy Conch
"I Walk the Line""I Walk Just Fine"Ogi
"I've Been Everywhere""I've Seen Every Boat"Leough
"I Walk the Line""High-Voltage Lines"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Jackson""Justin"Weird Aaron
"Forty Shades of Green""Forty Shades of Grey"Susanna Viljanen
"I've Been Everywhere""We've Got Anagrams"Lapins d'Rome
"I've Been Everywhere""Wordplay 201"Giorgio Coniglio's Grandson
"Folsom Prison Blues""Call Center Blues"Rebekah Dub
"I Walk The Line""My Rocks Feel Fine"Barry J. Mitchel

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
Green, Green Grass at HomeLawn CareRich
I'm BustedCash AdvanceRich
Chattanooga City Limit SignChattanooga Chamber Of CommerceEdward
Man In BlackMen In Black 3 (If, of course, there is one)Leg Mann
Folsom Prison BluesFox show 'Prison Break'Chris Oakley
There are additional commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
Ring of FireCalifornia State Geological SurveyRaphael
A Boy Named SueGender Reassignment Clinicdwasifar
Starkville City JailStarkville MI City JailAmanda Barton
Ring Of FireHemerrhoid Information LineJimbo
Delia's GoneNorwich City FCpickle*
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Let Me Be The River
   Willie Nile
Allegheny
   Johnny Cash
Let Me Be The Allegheny River
Ashley Michelle McGowan
Beast Of Blood
   Merril Bainbridge
Flesh And Blood
   Johnny Cash
Beast Of Flesh And Blood
Natalie Merchant's Millpond
Raining On Sunday
   Keith Urban
Sunday Morning Coming Down
   Johnny Cash
Raining On Sunday Morning Coming Down
Edward
The Unforgettable Fire
   U2
Ring of Fire
   Johnny Cash
The Unforgettable Ring of Fire
Genevieve
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Johnny ''Cash'' Craddock
Billy ''Crash'' Craddock combined with Johnny Cash
Submitted By: Frosty The Cat
Santo & Johnny Cash
Santo & Johnny combined with Johnny Cash
Submitted By: John
Cash 'n' Carey
Mariah Carey combined with Johnny Cash
Get it? Cash-and-carry!
Submitted By: Ed
Petty Cash
Tom Petty combined with Johnny Cash
Submitted By: neptunevsmars

There are additional Johnny Cash Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Ring of Fire"
Misheard Lyrics:
And its birds, birds, birds
Original Lyrics:
And it burns, burns, burns
"Ghost Riders in the Sky"
Misheard Lyrics:
An Uncle Poke went riding out
One dark and windy day.
Original Lyrics:
An old cowpoke went riding out
One dark and windy day.
"Sunday Morning Coming Down"
Misheard Lyrics:
But I lit my first and watched the smog head
Playing with a can that he was kicking.
Original Lyrics:
But I lit my first and watched a small kid
Playing with a can that he was kicking.
"I've Been Everywhere"
Misheard Lyrics:
I've been everywhere, man,
I've been everywhere, man,
Prostitutes and sperm, man
Original Lyrics:
I've been everywhere, man.
I've been everywhere, man.
Crossed the desert's bare, man.
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"It Ain't Me, Babe"
Misheard Lyrics:
Promise never to fart
Original Lyrics:
Promise never to part

Story about this misheard lyric by: Michael

My daughter and I were listening to the "Walk The Line" soundtrack, and both of us misheard the same line.

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Walk the Line"
Better Lyrics:
I keep my pants up with a length of cord.

I keep the zipper down case I get bored

I keep the knot loose on that length of cord.

Honey, if You're bored

Just pull the cord
Original Lyrics:
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I walk the line

Johnny Cash's Walk The Line, first verse
Submitted by: Lynne
"Ring Of Fire"
Better Lyrics:
I was sent to a burnin' lake of fire.
I thought I was righteous,but I was found to be a liar.
And it burns,burns,burns.......The Lake of Fire..........The Lake of Fire.
Original Lyrics:
I fell into a burnin' ring of fire.
I went down,down,down.....and the flames were growin' higher.
And it burns,burns,burns.....the Ring of Fire....The Ring of Fire.
Submitted by: steve p.
"I Walk The Line"
Better Lyrics:
I keep my pants up with a piece of twine
I keep my fly wide open all the time
I keep the knot loose on my piece of twine
Say you'll be mine, and you can pull the twine
Original Lyrics:
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I walk the line
Submitted by: Ernie G
There are additional parody fragments available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Sunday Morning Coming Down"
The Funny Lyrics:
And the beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad, so I had one more for dessert.
Why They're Funny:
Been there, done that!
Submitted by: Bob
 

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Tennessee Flat-Top Box"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
He vanished like the breeze, they forgot him in the little town
But all the girls still dreamed about him
And hung around the cabaret until the doors were locked.
Why They're Nonsensical:
What were all those girls hanging around the cabaret until the doors were locked for, if he was forgotten there? He couldn't have been forgotten if they were still dreaming about him -- That's what!

(Song later covered by his daughter Roseanne.)
Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale
"Folsom Prison Blues"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.
Why They're Nonsensical:
I'll tell you why this doesn't make sense. Reno is in Nevada. Folsom Prison is in California and part of the California state prison system. Why is he serving time in a different state from the one that had jurisdiction for the crime?
Submitted by: Alexis
There are additional nonsensical lyrics available.

Inappropriate Song Lyrics:

"Folsom Prison Blues"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
Why They're Inappropriate:
This has to be the sickest line of all time. how can anyone feel sympathy for the song's protagonist after hearing this? This makes the "morbid curiosity" explanation seem like just cause. He should have told this to the judge so the song would be called "firing squad blues" or burning in hell blues". Johnny Cash really should have kept this side to himself. We didn't need to hear about this thought, especially in the "innocent" 1950's.
Submitted by: Mark
"A Boy Named Sue"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
I roamed from town to town to hide my shame.
Why They're Inappropriate:
Or you could have avoided much of that shame and roamed to the courthouse when you turned 18 and changed that awful name. It worked for Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali, and he grew up quick and he grew up mean and had fists that were hard and wits that were keen. Ah, but then we wouldn't have this great song, and the great Amiright parodies thereof.
Submitted by: Michael Pacholek

Dated Song Lyrics:

"Folsom Prison Blues"
The Dated Lyrics:
I bet there's rich folks eatin',
In a fancy dining car,
They're probably drinkin' coffee,
And smokin' big cigars,
Why They're Dated:
I suspect that the eating and coffee drinking are about the only things referred to in these lines that might still be very apt regarding U.S. dining cars today in the Amtrak era. I doubt that what dining cars are now left in the U.S. are all that fancy or all that much the haunts of the rich anymore. But the most certain change is with the last part, as Amtrak has made all dining cars smoke-free for some years now.
Submitted by: Wendy Carpenter
"Folsom Prison Blues"
The Dated Lyrics:
But that train keeps a-rollin',
On down to San Antone.
Why They're Dated:
The train he's singing about is a passenger train, as evidenced by other references in the song, like 'I bet there's rich folks eating in a fancy dining car'. Now there are far fewer passenger trains in the U.S. than there used to be. And none pass anywhere near Folsom Prison en route to San Antonio.
Submitted by: Wendy Carpenter

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"One Piece At A Time"
The Lyrics:
Well, I left Kentucky back in '49
An' went to Detroit workin' on a 'sembly line
The first year they had me puttin' wheels on Cadillacs
Product Brand Name:
Cadillac
Submitted by: Bob
"Understand Your Man"
The Lyrics:
Well you can give my other suit
To the Salvation Army
Product Brand Name:
The Salvation Army
Submitted by: The Fat Cat

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Daddy Sang Bass"
The Song Lyrics:
Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, Lord, by and by
Daddy sang bass, Mama sang tenor
Me and little brother would join right in there
In the sky, Lord, in the sky
Song They Mention:
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Submitted by: Martha Hankins
 

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"San Quentin"
Opening Lines:
San Quentin, you've been livin' hell to me. You've hosted me since 1963.
Comments:
Submitted by: Candy Welty
"Come In Stranger"
Opening Lines:
She said, 'Come in, stranger, it's good to have you home'
Comments:
Submitted by: Candy Welty

Scary Song Lyrics:

"Ring of Fire"
The Lyrics:
I fell into a burnin' ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
Why:
When I heard this as a kid, I thought he was singing about physically burning.
Submitted by: VitaminB6
"Delia's Gone"
The Lyrics:
First time I shot her I shot her in the side
Hard to watch her suffer
But with the second shot she died
Delia's gone, one more round Delia's gone

But jailer, oh, jailer Jailer,
I can't sleep 'Cause all around my bedside
I hear the patter of Delia's feet
Delia's gone, one more round Delia's gone
Why:
It is a true murder ballad, and the brutality of it still scares me, fifteen years later.
Submitted by: Joakim
There are additional Scary Song Lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"Every Body Loves A Nut" originally "Everybody Loves A Nut"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"The Leg End Of John Henry's Hammer" originally "The Legend Of John Henry's Hammer"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Second Honey Moon" originally "Second Honeymoon"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
"Want Ed Man" originally "Wanted Man"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Wan Ted Man" originally "Wanted Man"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket

There are additional Song Title Space Change available.

Bad Grammar in Song Lyrics:

"Understand Your Man"
The Lyrics:
Lay there in your bed and keep your mouth shut 'til I'm gone
Why:
LIE there in your bed and keep your mouth shut 'til I'm gone
Submitted by: Isac
 

Band Name Anagrams:

Can Shy John Submitted by: Regina Haniger
Can shy John do what?

Song Title Anagrams:

"A Wheel--Link It" originally "I Walk The Line"
...to an axle
Submitted by: Jan
"I Knelt Awhile" originally "I Walk The Line"
Submitted by: Jan
"Let's Rebid" originally "Blistered"
That is, bid again.
Submitted by: Lauren
"Or Fief Ring" originally "Ring Of Fire"
Submitted by: Robert
"Fife Nor Rig" originally "Ring Of Fire"
Whatever. I have no comment.
Submitted by: Robert

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"Folsom Prison Blues"
The Lyrics:
But I'm stuck in Folsom Prison
And time keeps draggin' on
Why:
Folsom Prison in California, where Johnny performed live for the inmates and recorded a landmark live album.
Submitted by: Martha Hankins
"Orange Blossom Special"
The Lyrics:
Well, I'm going down to Florida
And get some sand in my shoes.
Or maybe California
And get some sand in my shoes.
I'll ride that Orange Blossom Special
And lose these New York blues.
Why:
Refers to the U.S. states of Florida and California, and also to New York, most likely to the city rather than the state generally. Since the Orange Blossom Special sounds like the name of a train, curiously the lyrics would seem to imply that that train went from New York to both Florida and California. That seems unlikely, as Florida would be a major detour en route from New York to California. But, who knows?
Submitted by: Connie Brady

Songs That Are Banned:

"A Boy Named Sue"
A second censorship occurs at the end of the song. "Any damn thing but Sue!" is shortened to "Anything but Sue!"
Submitted by: Bob
"A Boy Named Sue"
The uncensored version features the line "'Cause I'm the son of a bitch that named you Sue." The censored version, which appears on his Super Hits CD, has the entire "son of a bitch" bleeped out.
Submitted by: Isac

Song Title Acrostics:

WIT: "What Is Truth"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
SAIL: "Straight A's In Love"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
NIL: "Next In Line"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
FAB: "Flesh And Blood"
Submitted by: Isaac

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Shorty Fades Of Green" originally "Forty Shades Of Green"
Submitted by: Regina Haniger
"Shorty Fades Of Green" originally "Forty Shades Of Green"
Submitted by: Regina Haniger
"Balsam Prison Flues" originally "Folsom Prison Blues"
Submitted by: Andrea Greenleaf
"Forty Grades Of Sheen" originally "Forty Shades Of Green"
Submitted by: Scarlett Lopez
"The Soy Named Boo" originally "The Boy Named Sue"
Submitted by: Connie Brady

There are additional Song Title Spoonerisms available.

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"Folsom Prison Blues"
The Lyrics:
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
Why:
This song is about a man in prison lamenting why he is not out in the world as a free man because of his life in crime.

Also, Johnny was watching Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison while serving in the Air Force in West Germany, and he has something against that. The song is in F-major.
Submitted by: Rocky Mak
 

Lyrics Spoonerisms:

"Flesh And Blood"
The Lyrics:
But flesh and blood needs flesh and blood,
And you're the one I need.
Why:
But flesh and blood needs flesh and blood,
And you're the nun-eye weed.
Submitted by: Melanie Bianca Green
 

Lyrics Alliteration:

"Folsom Prison Blues"
The Lyrics:
And I'd let that lonesome whistle
Blow my blues away
Why:
Two L's and two B's--double alliteration
Submitted by: Isac

Crime Records:

"Smuggling Drugs over an International Border"
Despite having written and sung the "Folsom Prison Blues," the only time the Man in Black was ever in jail was for a time he attempted to bring over stimulants from Mexico.
Submitted by: Raphael

Performers with Handicaps:

"Shy-Drager's Syndrome"
Shy-Drager's syndrome is a neurological syndrome which degenerates the autonomic neural system. On his last years, Johnny Cash suffered from it. Unlike Celeste mentioned, he didn't have Alzheimer's.
Submitted by: Susanna Viljanen
"Diabetes"
Unlike Celeste said, Johnny Cash didn't die from Alzheimer's nor he had it. He died from complications of diabetes. He was intellectually still quite active on his last days, having done his last concert just two months before his death.
Submitted by: Susanna Viljanen
"Alzheimer's disease"
At the end of his life in 2003 it was reported that Johnny Cash had passed away from Alzheimer's diseas.
Submitted by: Celeste

Products Bands Should Endorse Based on Their Name:

Coinstar Machines
Trade in your coins for Cash
Submitted by: Rychendroll

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"I Walk The Line"
1970 movie with Gregory Peck (not the biopic)
Submitted by: Country

Missing Parts:

"25 Minutes to Go"
What was before that?
Submitted by: Susanna Viljanen
"Wreck of Old 97"
Okay, it's not 38, but how about the others?
Submitted by: Susanna Viljanen

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