Dark as a Dungeon – facts

Dark as a Dungeon is one of my personal favourites from Johnny Cash. And the story around the song is also quite interesting.

The song is not an original Johnny Cash, but was written by Merle Travis. But it was first when Cash performed it in 1968 that it became famous. The song was performed January 13, 1968 – and that’s not just any other day. This is the day of the world-famous prison concert at Folsom!

During the performance in Folsom Prison, one of the prisoners started laughing during the song, and Cash replied with a chuckle. Cash had to tell him “No laughing during the song, please”, whereas the prisoner yelled “hell” back to him. “I know hell” answered Cash.

After the song was finished, Cash commented on the dialog with the prisoner. And this is a comment which is one of the most famous Cash-quotes, used in for example “Walk the Line” with Joaquin Phoenix. And it goes like this:

I just wanted to tell you that this show is being recorded for an album released on Columbia Records, so you can’t say ‘hell’ or ‘shit’ or anything like that

Want the chords to “Dark as a Dungeon”? You’ll find it here: Chords

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New addition – Discography

Hi everyone!

The discography section has been updated. It now includes a list of all LP’s and singles from each label. There are probably thousands of compilations out there, so the list is far from complete.

There will be information on some of the albums and singles. -Dedicated articles about them. We’ll get to this in orderly fashion, and with inspiration from Johnny Cash himself – one piece at a time!

Have a good one everybody! And please let us know if you’re missing something.