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John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003), was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is primarily remembered as a country music icon, his songs and sound spanned many other genres including rockabilly and rock and roll—especially early in his career—as well as blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal led to Cash being inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Gospel Music Hall of Fame. more »


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I was just a kid roamin' around travelin' through a little ol' town 
A man walked up and said come with me you're broke and son that's vagrancy 
I carefree lad that love to roam but Lord I wish I'd stayed at home 
The way it looks I'll probably hang cause there ain't no hope on a chain gang 
I dig that ditch I chop that corn I curse the day that I was born 
I believe it's better for a man to hang than to work like a dog on a chain gang 

The guard stands there with a great big gun I bet he'd love to see me run 
And I guess I probably will some day I'd rather be dead than to live this way 
He's well fed and he's six foot tall and he's a meanest of them all 
He cracks that whip and he swings that cane the sun must've touched his brain 
I dig that ditch... 

I got a gal back home that's sweet and kind and she's been waitin' a long long time 
I just told her to forget my name I won't ever live down to shame 
Lord deliver me from this hole before I lose my mind and soul 
The place gets weak and the back gets broke ain't no cause to laugh and joke 
I dig that ditch... 
Work like a dog on a chain gang work like a dog on a chain gang

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