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These are lyrics by Johnny Cash that we think are kind of nonsensical.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics, Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash's, "Folsom Prison Blues"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.
Why They're Nonsensical:
I'll tell you why this doesn't make sense. Reno is in Nevada. Folsom Prison is in California and part of the California state prison system. Why is he serving time in a different state from the one that had jurisdiction for the crime?
Submitted by: Alexis
Johnny Cash's, "Tennessee Flat-Top Box"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
He vanished like the breeze, they forgot him in the little town
But all the girls still dreamed about him
And hung around the cabaret until the doors were locked.
Why They're Nonsensical:
What were all those girls hanging around the cabaret until the doors were locked for, if he was forgotten there? He couldn't have been forgotten if they were still dreaming about him -- That's what!

(Song later covered by his daughter Roseanne.)
Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale
Johnny Cash's, "When Man Comes Around"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Whoever is unjust, let him be unjust still
Whoever is righteous, let him be righteous still
Whoever is filthy, let him be filthy still
Why They're Nonsensical:
Note the use of the male pronoun. Anyway, this is a tricky one. One might assume that it is simply letting all 'men' be the way they are, and that it is tolerant. But when you realize that injustice and righteousness are inherently forms of intolerance (especially the former, but both are linked). So infact, it is just allowing a lack of tolerance, so in fact it actually not sensical.
Submitted by: Myrtone

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