One of the first guitar songs that Noah (my son) learned was Folsom Prison Blues by the late Johnny Cash. The first line is “I hear the train a comin’…” As I heard him practice that song, I would think of the futurists’ expectation and I would think these words: “They say that he’s a comin’…” So I wrote new lyrics to that song.
I don’t want to violate any copyright laws, so I found out that a company named Warner Chappell owns the rights to Mr. Cash’s song. I filled out a form that is found on their website, asking permission to use his tune. They did not reply. I also phoned their number, but I got no response. I think that they just don’t care about something like this because amateurs post thousands of homemade music videos on YouTube and copyright is ignored. There is another possibility. I discovered that Mr. Cash actually used somebody else’s tune for his song and he had to pay a $75,000 settlement in 1955 for his use of that tune. So the tune may well be over 70 years old and therefore not subject to copyright.
Here is a cell phone video of Noah singing the Bamboozled Believers Blues
Listen for the murder of crows squawking the back-up vocals.