Johnny Cash

I Got Stripes

Composed by Charlie Williams / Johnny Cash

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A rather conventional prison song, “I Got Stripes” is not one of Johnny Cash’s finest efforts, but it’s not without its charms, and the repetition in the lyric acts as a rather neat vocal hook. A straightforward narrative, the song begins “On Monday I was arrested/On Tuesday they locked me in the jail/On Wednesday my trial was attested/On Thursday they said guilty”, and this linear structure is repeated throughout the song. Cash sings it well enough, and is backed by a typically professional band. Unfortunately, the song just doesn’t take off and it just seems rather uninspired.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Fabulous Johnny Cash 1958 Wax Time
Songs of Our Soil 1959 Not Now Music
Old Golden Throat 1968
No Image 1971 Harmony
No Image 1976 Columbia
20 Foot-Tappin' Greats 1978 Sony Music Distribution
No Image 1979 Columbia / Sony Music Entertainment 2:06
Classic Cash: Hall of Fame Series 1988 Def Jam / Island / Island/Def Jam / Mercury 2:01
I Walk the Line 1990 Payless 1:51
The Man in Black: 1959-1962 1991 Bear Family Records 2:06
The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 1992 Sony Music Distribution 2:02
Ultimate 1996 Bransounds 2:02
Johnny Cash Live 1997 Lasel / Laserlight 1:54
Ring of Fire 1998 Country Stars
Man in Black: His Greatest Hits 1999 Sony Music Distribution 2:05
No Image 1999 Hallmark Recordings
Ballad of Ira Hayes 1999 Goldies
Best of Johnny Cash [Castle] 2000 Castle Pulse
Best of Johnny Cash [Spectrum] 2001 Spectrum Music / Universal Music 2:01
16 Biggest Hits, Vol. 2 2001 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 2:05
Famous Country Music Makers 2001
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
Greatest Hits: Best of the Best Gold 2001 Columbia 2:06
Greatest Hits [Umbrella DVD] 2001 Umbrella
The Essential Johnny Cash 2002 Legacy 2:05
At Town Hall Party 1958-1959 2002 Pickwick
At Folsom Prison/At San Quentin/America 2002 Columbia/Legacy 1:57
A Boy Named Johnny 2002 Musicbank 1:49
Live Recordings from the Louisiana Hayride 2003 Louisiana Hayride 4:19
Man in Black: The Very Best of Johnny Cash 2003 Sony Music Distribution
All American Country 2003 Polygram / Karussell 2:00
Country Outlaws: Renegade Country Music 2003
Various Artists
Golden Stars
No Image 2004 Sony Music Distribution
Hayride Anthology 2004 Stardust Records 4:21
54 Great Performances 2004 Platinum Entertainment 1:53
I Walk the Line/Ring of Fire 2004 Legend 1:50
Singing at His Best 2004 Passport Audio
Legends of Rock & Roll [Legacy DVD] 2005
Various Artists
No Image 2005 Prism Leisure Corporation (UK)
Country Legends [Country Legends] 2005 Country Legends
The Legendary 2005 Spectrum Music 2:00
The Legend [Columbia] 2005 Sony BMG / Sony Music Distribution
I Walk the Line: Country Legends 2005 Belly Media
Bits and Pieces about Johnny Cash 2006 Delta Distribution / LA. Li 1:53
Boom Chicka Boom/Classic Cash 2006 Mercury 2:01
Greatest Hits [Kaleidoscope] 2006 Kaleidoscope
Live at the Louisiana Hayride: Johnny Cash & June Carter 2006 CBUJ Distribution 4:19
The Man in Black 2006 WHE 2:06
A Boy Named Sue [LT Series] 2007 Lt Series 1:56
The Line: Walking With a Legend 2008 Well Go USA
Original Album Classics 2008 Sony Music
Super Hits, Vol. 2 2008 Sbme Special Mkts. 2:05
Purely Johnny Cash 2008 Delta Distribution / Purely 1:52
No Image 2008 Euro Trend / MCP
The Best of Johnny Cash [Entertain Me] 2008 Entertain Me 1:54
The Legendary Performance 2008 Entertain Me 2:05
The Music of Johnny Cash 2009 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 2:03
At San Quentin/At Folsom Prison 2009 Col 1:57
Rock Around the Hits: 48 Star Performances From the Rock 'N' Roll Greats 2009
Various Artists
Charly Records
Icons 2010 Sony Music 2:04
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1959 2010
Various Artists
Bear Family Records
Legends: Super Hits/Super Hits, Vol. 2 2010 Allegro Corporation / American Legends 2:05
The Troubadour 2011 Delta Music Group / Music Digital 2:05
A Stash of Ca$h 2011 Not Now Music / Not Now UK 2:04
100 Hits Legends: Johnny Cash 2011 100 Hits 2:04
The Real...Johnny Cash: The Ultimate Johnny Cash Collection [3-CD] 2011 Sony Music 2:04
Setlist: The Very Best Prison Recordings of Johnny Cash 2012 Columbia / Legacy 1:44
I Walk The Line - 101 Classic Tracks 2012 AP 2:05
Country Faithfuls 2012
Various Artists
Play 24-7 2:03
The Complete Columbia Album Collection 2012 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Legacy 2:05
The Rebel [Music Digital] 2013 Music Digital 2:05
No Image 2013 DLG Digital 1:52
The Box Set Series 2014 Columbia / Legacy 2:05
Playlist: The Very Best Johnny Cash Duets 2014 Sony Music
The  Complete Sun Releases and Columbia Singles: 1955-62 2015 Acrobat / Acrobat Music 2:04
The Man in Black [Kingsland] 2015 Kingsland Records 2:04
No Image 2016
Various Artists
Ace 2:06
10 Original Albums Documents
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:00
Country Hits, Vol. 10 [Country Legacy Hits]
Various Artists
Country Legacy Hits 2:05
No Image
Various Artists
Rare Jazz Music Ltd 2:01
No Image
Various Artists
Madison Bay Records 2:02
No Image
Various Artists
Parker Street Records 2:02
Four of a Kind: 200 Classic Songs (from Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry)
Various Artists
HLI 2:06
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:00
No Image
Various Artists
10Ten Media / Zebralution 2:01
I Still Miss Someone: Greatest Hits ZYX 2:04
No Image Topaz Records 2:04
No Image K-Tel 1:52
Louisiana Hayride Recordings Jambalaya
Rock 'n' Roll Cowboys
Various Artists
Intense Media 2:01
The  Collection [Camden 2011] Camden
The  Greatest Country Hits of 1959
Various Artists
Acrobat / Acrobat Music 2:05
The Legend [Sony] Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
The Perfect Country Collection
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Trilogy Edge / Not Now Music
Unseen Cash: Photos From William Speer's Studio, Memphis, Tennessee Bear Family Records 2:31
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