Greystone Chapel
Johnny Cash Lyrics


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Thank you very much
This next song was written by a man right here in Folsom prison
And last night was the first time I've ever sung this song
Anyways, this song was written by our friend Glen Shirley
Um, hope we do your song justice Glen, we're going to do our best

Inside the walls of prison my body may be
But my Lord has set my soul free
There's a greystone chapel here at Folsom
A house of worship in this den of sin
You wouldn't think that God had a place here at Folsom
But he saved the souls of many lost men
Now there's greystone chapel here at Folsom
Stands a hundred years old made of granite rock
It takes a ring of keys to move here at Folsom
But the door to the House of God is never locked

Inside the walls of prison my body may be
But my Lord has set my soul free

There are men here that don't ever worship
There are men here who scoff at the ones who pray
But I've got down on my knees in that greystone chapel
And I thank the Lord for helpin' me each day
Now there's greystone chapel here at Folsom
It has a touch of God's hand on ever stone
It's a flower of light in a field of darkness
And it's givin' me the strength to carry on
Inside the walls of prison my body may be
But my Lord has set my soul free

Have an announcement from Lt. Piper
Ah, steady
Uh, Duffy, number nine oh four seven, custody office
There's a gentleman here I'd like to have stand up, who's a very very proud man
He used to be many years ago, a bad land farmer down in Dias, Arkansas
But he's Johnny Cash's daddy, Mr. Ray Cash
I'd like to bring up a gentleman who's got something to say to Johnny Cash
This gentleman you all know, the associate warden Mr. Fausman
Good to see you sir. You want Mr. John Cash, don't ya
Sorta like to, yes. Johnny
Johnny a little memento from Folsom prison.
Like a cuddle up
We'll make him one of the in group when he's out
Thank you Mr. Fousman




One other announcement. Please hold your seats until released by the officer
And then go out through the side door

Overall Meaning

Johnny Cash's song "Greystone Chapel" was written by Glen Shirley, a prisoner at Folsom State Prison, where Cash recorded his famous live album in 1968. Cash had never performed the song before that night, and he introduces it as being written by a man in the prison, which is a reference to Shirley. The song describes the greystone chapel within the walls of Folsom prison, which serves as a house of worship for the prisoners. Some of the inmates do not pray or believe in worship, but the chapel gives the singer the strength to carry on. Cash brings up his father, Ray Cash, who is in the audience, and then receives a memento from Associate Warden Fausman.


The song's lyrics paint a picture of hope in the midst of a difficult situation, showing that even in a place that seems devoid of God, there is always a chance for redemption. The greystone chapel becomes a symbol of this hope, standing as a beacon of light in a "field of darkness." The singer's soul may be trapped within the walls of the prison, but it is free, thanks to the power of faith.


Line by Line Meaning

Inside the walls of prison my body may be
Even though I am physically trapped within the prison, my soul belongs to the Lord and cannot be confined


But my Lord has set my soul free
Through my faith and belief in God, my soul is liberated and free from the captivity of the prison


There's a greystone chapel here at Folsom
Within the walls of Folsom prison, there is a chapel constructed with grey stone


A house of worship in this den of sin
Despite being in a place filled with immoral actions, the chapel creates an area where one can worship God


You wouldn't think that God had a place here at Folsom
It might seem unlikely that God would exist or be welcome in a place like Folsom prison


But he saved the souls of many lost men
God has helped and saved many individuals who were lost and struggling in Folsom prison


Now there's greystone chapel here at Folsom
The presence of the greystone chapel in Folsom serves as a reminder of the power and peace that faith can bring


Stands a hundred years old made of granite rock
The chapel has stood for over a century and is made of sturdy granite rock


It takes a ring of keys to move here at Folsom
Access to the chapel in Folsom is restricted and requires a specific keyring to enter


But the door to the House of God is never locked
Even though the entrance requires a key, the chapel is always open to those who wish to enter and worship


There are men here that don't ever worship
Some of the individuals in Folsom prison do not participate in religious practices


There are men here who scoff at the ones who pray
In fact, there are some who ridicule others for their religious beliefs


But I've got down on my knees in that greystone chapel
However, the singer has personally been able to find solace and connection with God within the greystone chapel


And I thank the Lord for helpin' me each day
The singer is grateful to God for guiding him and providing support throughout his time in prison


It has a touch of God's hand on ever stone
The chapel feels like it has been blessed by God and every part of it carries a divine energy


It's a flower of light in a field of darkness
The chapel is like a beacon of hope and positivity in the darkness that surrounds it in the prison


And it's givin' me the strength to carry on
The chapel has helped the artist find strength and perseverance to continue going through difficult times




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: GLEN SHERLEY, GLEN SHIRLEY

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@therappats946

The thing is hes at the first row?
Glen i mean.
So the song is written by an inmate sitting on the first row

I know this for 100%
Anyone else know this our i need to start looking and reading among all storys.

My relative knew cash. Hes dead But have 100eds of pages with stories he told about johnny

Alot of photis aswell.
It was they day before, thanks to a reporter had a tape Recorder he cash can hear the song.

Also when the journalist had a tape Recorder some where at hes body the Record label say
-you cant bring that

Cash said - yea he can, hes a friend.
So reporter has hes own tape Recorder at the show recording it



All comments from YouTube:

@tango-bravo

What an epic line: “It takes a ring of keys to move here at Folsom, but the door to the house of God is never locked”- AMEN 🙏 wow

@mrpensive7341

100%

@maliapeat6022

God is everywhere waiting for anyone to come to know him and his arms will open up
To all, even the chiefest of sinners as long as they seek salvation. 🙏

@darylherlick2344

Exactly

@tango-bravo

Praying for anyone listening to this right now, no matter where you are, or what you look like, or what you’ve done, cry unto the Lord, seek His forgiveness and His righteousness, His redemption today, where you stand and seek that city that is to come; who’s builder and maker is GOD

@kellywilliams8002

Word:)

@warringtonpam6833

Glen Sherley that was in prison wrote this song. I know his Son. Johnny tried to help Glen. Even gave him a job. But Glen couldn't get adjusted to life. He ended up going back. When Johnny heard about it. Broke his heart. And spoke about it at next concert. But Glen wrote a beautiful song. RIP Johnny and Glen.

@rocknroll7316

If I heard correctly he ended up committing suicide

@gwensummerfield1408

Much respect and love, powerful song from the heart, I too know how it feels to loose a loved one to suicide so heartbreaking, RIP Glen Shirley, MY Johnny, and brother, they will be singing together in Heaven, Bless them all😪💔🖤🎶🎸🌹🙏

@barknbulut8754

rip good souls 😢

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