Wanted Man Lyrics

Johnny Cash Live At San Quentin album

Johnny Cash Wanted Man Lyrics was co-written by Bob Dylan and recorded live at San Quentin State Prison in 1969.

I enjoy listening to Johnny's songs of humor and consider this one of my favorites along with "A Boy Named Sue" and "One Piece at a Time." 

For a long time I originally thought Johnny had written these Wanted Man Lyrics on his own but discovered that Bob Dylan actually wrote the song with Johnny.

However, what really makes songs like "Wanted Man" so amazing, is the between song chat with Johnny and the prisoners. It adds emotion and humor, and a real look at the kind of man Johnny was.

Johnny Cash is undoubtedly as essential to American music as Brian Wilson, Chuck Berry, Elvis and Hank Williams. His contributions are admired by both Country and Rockers alike.

Wanted Man Lyrics - From the San Quentin album. Is the Folsom Prison album better?

I like a particular review of the San Quentin album where it was said; Asking "Which Cash prison album is best, San Quentin or Folsom Prison" is like saying "Which of your lungs is your favorite"?  They're both essential to ANY music collection.

Look at any critic's list of "Essential" country music and both will be on it.

Enjoy this "Wanted Man" song and lyrics from the San Quentin album.


Wanted man in California...Wanted man in Buffalo...
Wanted man in Kansas City...Wanted man in Ohio

Wanted man in Mississippi...Wanted man in old Cheyenne...
Where ever you might look tonight...
You might see this wanted man...

I might be in Colorado...Or Georgia by the sea...
Workin' for some man...Who may not know at all who I might be

And if you ever see me comin'...And if you know who I am...
Don't you breathe it to nobody...'Cause you know I'm on the lamb.

Wanted man by Lucy Watson...Wanted man by Jeannie Brown...
Wanted man by Nellie Johnson...Wanted man in this Texas town..

Well I've had all that I've wanted...Of a lot of things I've had..
And a lot more than I needed...Of some things that turned out bad...

I got side tracked in El Paso...Stopped to get myself a map...
Went the wrong way into Juarez...With Juanita on my lap..

Then I went to sleep in Shreveport..Woke up in Abilene...
Wonderin' why I'm wanted...At some town half way between.

Wanted man in Albuquerque...Wanted man in Syracuse...
Wanted man in Tallahassee...Wanted man in Baton Rouge...

There's somebody set to grab me..Anywhere that I might be..
And wherever you might look tonight..You might get a glimpse of me...

Wanted man in California...Wanted man in Buffalo...
Wanted man in Kansas City..Wanted man in Ohio...

Wanted man in Mississippi...Wanted man in ol' Cheyenne...
Wherever you might look tonight...You might see this wanted man... 




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