Monday, January 27, 2014

Johnny Paid Some Cash

I've always loved the sound of Johnny Cash' voice.  But here's something I didn't know until last night as I was perusing around the internet as usual.  Johnny Cash took a lot of  "Folsom Prison Blues," melody and lyrics from a song written two years earlier by Gordon Jenkins called, "Crescent City Blues."  If you listen to them one after another, it's clear that Johnny Cash shouldn't have done it.  He ended up having to settle out of court for $75,000 paid to Jenkins.  All that said, I'm still a Johnny Cash fan. 

Here is the side by side of the two songs.

Here is the Wikipedia article.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Two Verses

Somewhere inside something there is a
Rush of greatness, who knows what stands in front of
Our lives, I fashion my future on films in space
Silence tells me secretly

Eyes look your last
Arms take your last embrace
And, lips, oh you the doors of breath
Sealed with a righteous kiss...
The rest is silence
The rest is silence
The rest is silence...

-James Rado, Gerome Ragni, William Shakespeare
& Galt MacDermot (music)