Always be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns

Trains used to rumble through my small town when I was a kid. When they did, my dad would sing:

I hear the train a-coming, it’s rolling round the bend, and Iain’t seen the sunshine, since I don’t know when,

and I’m stuck in Folsom Prison, and time keeps dragging on. But that train keeps a rolling, on down to San Antone.

Honest to goodness, it wasn’t until I went to COLLEGE that I realized other families didn’t sing the first verse to Folsom Prison Blues every time a train passes by.

Tot Rocker: Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash

Kind: Awake Baby

Reasons it’s a Tot Rocker: Kids love songs about trains, it’s an easy melody to keep up with, it’s a terrific song, and everyone loves a good cautionary tale.

Some might be squeamish about the second verse, you know, that whole “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die” bit, but calm down folks, it’ll be okay. For me, Folsom Prison Blues, was and is a family standard. Thanks, Dad for making sure this song, and so many others, are a prominent part of my life. I’m doing my best to pass the tradition to the next generation.

P1050582Other Tot Rockers by Johnny Cash: Wanted Man (awake baby), Rock Island Line (awake baby), Redemption Song with Joe Strummer (sleepy baby)

Similar Tot Rockers: Mama Tried by Merle Haggard (awake baby), All Sewn Up by Lucero

PS. Does your kid have “I’m Taking a Trip on my Train” by Shirley Neitzel and Nancy Winslow Parker? It’s must-have reading for kids who like trains. Toot Toot!


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