Illustration Friday – Perspective (Folsom Prison Blues – #15)

I hear the train a comin’
It’s rolling round the bend
And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when,
I’m stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin’ on
But that train keeps a rollin’ on down to San Antone..

When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son,
Always be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns.
But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry..

I bet there’s rich folks eating in a fancy dining car
They’re probably drinkin’ coffee and smoking big cigars.
Well I know I had it coming, I know I can’t be free
But those people keep a movin’
And that’s what tortures me…

Well if they freed me from this prison,
If that railroad train was mine
I bet I’d move it on a little farther down the line
Far from Folsom prison, that’s where I want to stay
And I’d let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away…..

This week’s Illustration Friday topic is Perspective. Originally I was thinking about traditional forms of perspective, like lines fading off to a vanishing point. That got me thinking about railroad tracks, which got me thinking about the Johnny Cash song Folsom Prison Blues. I think being in prison would put a new perspective on life, to say the least. Especially facing the thought of spending the rest of your life behind bars.

This song is one of my all time favorites. I remember my dad playing this (and singing it) when we were little kids. I thought Joaquin Phoenix did an excellent job of portraying Cash in Walk the Line. The above link to the song is footage from the 1969 San Quentin prison concert, which the movie used at the beginning and the end.

Another all digital piece. If you’ve got a really keen eye, you might notice I’ve used some of these textures on other pieces.

Photo credits:
ManKonrad Baranski
CellJascha Hoste
TextureMartin Sach
TextureDavid Ritter
TextureStephen Eastop
TextureChristoph van der Bij
Train - Mike Munchel


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