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NEW YORK, NY — AUGUST 25: Young Thug speaks at the Young Thug “No, My Name Is Jeffery” Listening Event Hosted By Lyor Cohen at YouTube Space on August 25, 2016 in New York City.

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In all likelihood, Johnny Cash did not shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die. But he did make that claim in “Folsom Prison Blues,” a murder ballad that he opened shows with throughout much of his career.

Admittedly, the outlaw-country pioneer did have his share of one-night stands behind bars, facing charges for public drunkenness, reckless driving and smuggling prescription drugs in his guitar case while crossing the border to Mexico. But there is no record of Johnny Cash’s lyrics being used against him in a court of law.


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