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Note from Joe: Most folks think that Johnny Cash wrote this, but it was originally a poem by none other than Shel Silverstein, the author of Where The Sidewalk Ends and many other bestselling children’s books. Johnny Cash said, “I still think that it is the most cleverly written song that I have ever heard.” His famous recording of this song (MP3, 5.49 MB) was made at San Quentin Prison, California, on February 24, 1969.

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