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From Sea To Shining Sea

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Johnny Cash's Comments
Foot Notes From Album

I have written and arranged all of these songs and take full responsibility for any errors in the narration hundreds of folks songs which describe places and events in any part of America could have been used in this album, but "Oh Susanna" or " the ballad of Jessie James " were before my time. In This album, I sing mainly about things I have heard of or things and places that I have been in 50 States usually through on a schedule which prohibited explorations of my own. But occasionally a song seemed to be written about some of the things I did see or do.    Johnny Cash


The Whirl & the Suck

The Whirl And Suck was a real spot near Chattanooga. Until the 1930’s when a dam was built there making the Tennessee River deeper and the water wider, there was a sharp, narrow bend with high cliffs above. In the bend, there were whirlpools and suckholes, and in the water was a swift and deep. A small boat, radt or canoe didn’t have a chance. In addition to the whirlpools and the suckholes in the bend, the Nicajack Indians would be waiting a little further downstream to slaughter the survivors in the most horrible way they could conceive .

When war was declared on the Nicahacks by the United States in the 1790’s they started to retreated to Nicajack Cave five miles away. The Cave is awesome. The mouth is about 150 feet wide 75 feet high. Experts have proven that the cave, with its thousands of side caverns, goes more than 40 miles. It is estimated that 10 million bats fly out every day at dusk. The air is clean and beautiful and it was a half inside Nicajack Cave that I wrote The Whirl An The Suck. The particular spot was high, flat place around a bend from outside light. Confederate soldiers had camped there, and one private had chiseled on the stone wall, " To Hell with Gen Grant (Signed ) Pvt. 1862 Johnny Cash


The Walls Of A Prison

Along with the Statler Brothers, Maybelle, Helen, Anita, and June Carter, the Tennessee three and myself performed our regular show for the inmates of Folsom Prison, California. After leaving the prison that day, I wrote the words to The Walls Of A Prison. The Melody was originally a British tune called the " The Unfortunate Rake, " written over a Hundred years ago. The same tune was used in the late 1890’s for " Streets Of Laredo "


Call Daddy From The Mine

The masterpiece I wrote 10 years ago and forgot. I just recently found the two songs in some old files of mine. In selecting these songs, I sang them for June Carter, who is a pretty good judge of quality and originality. She asked me to record these two as well as a couple more that I had never meant to record


The Flint Arrow Head & Another Song To Sing

To be alone, to meditate, to relax, I have places where the white man never trod. Near Gallatin, Tennessee, I sat on the river bank eating a sandwich. The Water was clear and on the bottom at my feet I saw a dozen of flint arrowheads. I left with my pockets full of them. Two songs were finished that day, The Flint Arrowhead and Another Song To Sing


Shrimpin Slailin

A friend took me on a shrimp boat near Tarpon Springs, Florida. This trip eight miles out into the Gulf of Mexico was the most fascinating experience of my life. Going out, which took a couple of hours, Bill Riffle, who was at the stern, told me he only went for bait shrimp, which were sold to fisherman the next day. The ropes unwound, the nets dropped from each side after cutting his speed. The nets were down 20 minutes when Bill cut the throttle and hollered, lets bring them in." With his helper on one net and him on the other, I couldn’t believe my eyes when they dumped the catch " into bins to pick they started moving out the things that bite or sting. A fish a robin, whose sting paralyzes, went first. Two Morayeels, whose bite is deadly, went next. Then dogfish that can bite a nail or in two. A thing called " potato" that is a mystery to al. It may be vegetable or it may be animal. It looks a potato, but it pulsates and moves yet has no organs such as eyes, mouth, etc. There’s the cowfish, filer, flounder, ladyfish and sea horse to name a few of at least 300 different things caught in the net. Oh yes Bill and " helpin hired hand man " got 8,500 shrimp that night     A friend took me on a shrimp boat near Tarpon Springs, Florida. This trip eight miles out into the Gulf of Mexico was the most fascinating experience of my life. Going out, which took a couple of hours, Bill Riffle, who was at the stern, told me he only went for bait shrimp, which were sold to fisherman the next day. The ropes unwound, the nets dropped from each side after cutting his speed. The nets were down 20 minutes when Bill cut the throttle and hollered, lets bring them in." With his helper on one net and him on the other, I couldn’t believe my eyes when they dumped the catch " into bins to pick they started moving out the things that bite or sting. A fish a robin, whose sting paralyzes, went first. Two Morayeels, whose bite is deadly, went next. Then dogfish that can bite a nail or in two. A thing called " potato" that is a mystery to al. It may be vegetable or it may be animal. It looks a potato, but it pulsates and moves yet has no organs such as eyes, mouth, etc. There’s the cowfish, filer, flounder, ladyfish and sea horse to name a few of at least 300 different things caught in the net. Oh yes Bill and " helpin hired hand man " got 8,500 shrimp that night     Johnny Cash


From Sea To Shinning Sea

From sea to shinning sea, the interstates bypass places like Cisco Clifton’s Fillin Station. Most people change with times, growing with the wealth and culture we have. But I know just like Cisco Clifton. Progress came to late, and since they are happy living free and simple, they’ll keep the depot store and play checkers


Fair To Middlin Cotton Picker

The Frozen Four-Hundred-Pound Fair-To-Midlin Cotton Picker. I was raised in cotton country. I chopped plowed and picked it. To pick 300 pounds a day was good, but 400 pounds a day took a mighty good picker. Fair-To-Middlin is actually a grade of cotton to the buyers. The length of the fibers as well as their condition determine the grade of cotton as well as the price it well bring. My daddy still remembers the grades of cotton. Half-rotten dirty cotton would be " strict low middling " A little better, low middling, average, Fair to middling, excellent, middling, and etc.

(You And Tennessee I wrote for someone in particular }

From Maine To California from the Sleepy Hollow mountain country, from Stove Pipe Wells To Tarpon springs. The land is big. Be proud it’s free From Sea To Shinning Sea          Johnny Cash

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