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Now you've all heard foolish questions and no doubt you've wondered why
Some person will ask a foolish question and expect a sensible reply
Like when you take your girl some candy, say maybe just after tea
You notice how she'll grab it and then she'll say, "Is this for me?"

Foolish Questions! You can answer when you can
"No I bought this candy for your Ma or Pa, or for John the hired hand
"I just thought you'd like to see it. Now I'm gonna take it away"
Now wasn't that a foolish question? You'll hear 'em ev'ry day

And then most every morning, there is someone 'round the place
Who sees you take the shaving brush and lather up your face
And as you give the razor a preliminary wave
This fool will walk up and ask you, "Are you gonna take a shave?"

Foolish questions! Your answer is, I hope
"No! I ain't prepared for shavin', I just like the taste of soap!
I kinda like to take the shaving brush and paint myself this way"
Now wasn't that a foolish question? You'll hear 'em ev'ry day!

Now then there's this fella who meets you on your way
And asks you why your all dressed up and listens while you say
That you just been returning from the funeral of poor old Uncle Ned
As soon as you have told him, he will say, "Is Ned dead?"

Foolish questions! You might as well reply
"No, he thought he'd have the funeral now. Then later on he'd die
You know Ned was always so original, he wanted it that way"
Now wasn't that a Foolish Question? You'll hear 'em ev'ry day!

Now suppose the elevator guy should forget to close the door
And you should tumble down, oh say forty-seven floors
And when you reach the bottom and you're lying there inert
Some fool will stick his head down the shaft and holler, "Are you hurt?"

Foolish Questions! Your dying words are
"No! I was in an awful hurry and that elevator's just too slow
Usually saves a lot of time, you know, comin' down this way"
Now wasn't that a Foolish Question? You'll hear 'em ev'ry day!

That was a Foolish Question! You'll hear 'em ev'ry day!

Release History

The Johnny Cash song "Foolish Questions" appears on the following albums:
Bootleg Vol 2: From Memphis To Hollywood
18 February 2011

Bootleg Vol 2: From Memphis To Hollywood

  1. KWEM Announcements And Advertisements (0:46)
  2. Johnny Cash Show Intro And Theme) (1:37)
  3. Wide Open Road (2:31)
  4. Home Equipment Company Advertisement (1:16)
  5. One More Ride (2:01)
  6. Home Equipment Company Advertisement/Luther Perkins Intro (1:51)
  7. Luther's Boogie (2:04)
  8. Belshazzar Intro (0:42)
  9. Belshazzar (2:30)
  10. Closing Comments And Theme (1:25)
  11. Overton Park Shell Country Music Jamboree Advertisement By Texas Bill Strength (1:01)
  12. I Walk The Line (Early Demo) (3:03)
  13. Get Rhythm (Early Demo) (2:02)
  14. Train Of Love (Early Demo) (1:53)
  15. Country Boy (Early Demo) (1:48)
  16. My Treasure (Early Demo) (1:18)
  17. Belshazzar (Early Demo) (2:20)
  18. He'll Be A Friend (Early Demo) (1:47)
  19. When I Think Of You (Early Demo) (1:42)
  20. I Just Don't Care Enough (To Carry On) (Early Demo) (2:06)
  21. I'll Cry For You (Early Demo) (2:28)
  22. You're My Baby (Early Demo) (1:37)
  23. Rock And Roll Ruby (Early Demo) (1:41)
  24. Leave That Junk Alone (1:30)
  25. Brakeman's Blues (Incomplete) (1:35)
  26. Big River (1:35)
  27. I Couldn't Keep From Crying (2:09)
  28. New Mexico (2:07)
  29. Goodnight Irene (2:41)
  30. Restless Kid (Demo) (1:54)
  31. It's All Over (Demo) (1:42)
  32. All over Again (2:14)
  33. You Dreamer You (1:50)
  34. I'll Remember You (1:51)
  35. Johnny Yuma Theme (1:58)
  36. Five Minutes To Live (2:04)
  37. The Losing Kind (1:50)
  38. Locomotive Man (Single Version) (2:49)
  39. Girl In Saskatoon (Single Version) (2:12)
  40. There's A Mother Always Waiting (3:01)
  41. Johnny Reb (2:27)
  42. The Shifting, Whispering Sands Part II (2:29)
  43. Send a Picture of Mother (2:53)
  44. Hardin Wouldn't Run (Demo) (3:33)
  45. Thunderball (2:53)
  46. One Too Many Mornings (2:40)
  47. The Frozen Logger (2:24)
  48. Foolish Questions (3:12)
  49. Bottom Of The Mountain (2:29)
  50. Put The Sugar To Bed (Single Version) (2:20)
  51. You Beat All I Ever Saw (Single Version) (2:06)
  52. On The Line (2:22)
  53. Roll Call (Single Version) (2:24)
  54. The Folk Singer (3:06)
  55. Six White Horses (Demo) (2:29)
  56. Come Along And Ride This Train (Demo) (3:39)
Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis to Hollywood
18 February 2011

Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis to Hollywood

  1. All over Again (2:14)
  2. KWEM Announcements And Advertisements (0:46)
  3. Johnny Cash Show Intro And Theme) (1:37)
  4. You Dreamer You (1:50)
  5. I'll Remember You (1:51)
  6. Wide Open Road (2:31)
  7. Home Equipment Company Advertisement (1:16)
  8. Johnny Yuma Theme (1:58)
  9. Five Minutes To Live (2:04)
  10. One More Ride (2:01)
  11. Home Equipment Company Advertisement/Luther Perkins Intro (1:51)
  12. The Losing Kind (1:50)
  13. Locomotive Man (2:51)
  14. Luther's Boogie (2:04)
  15. Belshazzar Intro (0:42)
  16. Girl in Saskatoon (2:16)
  17. Belshazzar (2:30)
  18. There's A Mother Always Waiting (3:01)
  19. Closing Comments And Theme (1:25)
  20. Johnny Reb (2:27)
  21. Overton Park Shell "Country Music Jamboree" Advertisement (1:03)
  22. Shifting Whispering Sands (2:31)
  23. I Walk the Line (demo) (3:05)
  24. Send a Picture of Mother (2:53)
  25. Get Rhythm (demo) (2:04)
  26. Hardin Wouldn't Run (Demo) (3:33)
  27. Thunderball (2:53)
  28. Train of Love (demo) (1:55)
  29. Country Boy [Demo] (1:50)
  30. One Too Many Mornings (2:40)
  31. My Treasure (demo) (2:32)
  32. The Frozen Logger (2:24)
  33. Belshazzar (demo) (2:22)
  34. Foolish Questions (3:12)
  35. Bottom Of The Mountain (2:29)
  36. He'll Be a Friend (demo) (1:49)
  37. Put The Sugar To Bed (2:24)
  38. When I Think of You (demo) (1:44)
  39. I Just Don't Care Enough (to Carry on) (demo) (2:08)
  40. You Beat All I Ever Saw (2:10)
  41. I'll Cry for You (demo) (2:30)
  42. On The Line (2:22)
  43. Roll Call (2:27)
  44. You're My Baby [Demo] (1:42)
  45. Rock and Roll Ruby (demo) (1:43)
  46. The Folk Singer (3:06)
  47. Six White Horses (Demo) (2:29)
  48. Come Along And Ride This Train (Demo) (3:39)
  49. Leave That Junk Alone (1:30)
  50. Brakeman's Blues (Incomplete) (1:35)
  51. Big River (1:35)
  52. I Couldn't Keep From Crying (2:09)
  53. New Mexico (2:07)
  54. Goodnight Irene (2:41)
  55. Restless Kid (Demo) (1:54)
  56. It's All Over (Demo) (1:42)
The Man In Black, 1963-1969, Plus
1995

The Man In Black, 1963-1969, Plus

  1. Ring of Fire (2:47)
  2. The Matador (2:48)
  3. I'd Still Be There (2:36)
  4. Still in Town (2:36)
  5. El Matador (Spanish) (2:48)
  6. Fuego D'Amor (Anillo De Fuego) (Spanish)) (2:37)
  7. My Old Faded Rose (2:46)
  8. It Ain't Me, Babe (3:05)
  9. Don't Think Twice,it's Alright (2:45)
  10. One Too Many Mornings (2:40)
  11. Mama, You've Been On My Mind (2:56)
  12. The Long Black Veil (3:10)
  13. The Wall (1:49)
  14. Orange Blossom Special (4:01)
  15. Troublesome Waters (3:52)
  16. I Walk The Line (2:50)
  17. Folsom Prison Blues (2:42)
  18. Wreck of The Old '97 (2:48)
  19. Hey Porter (2:15)
  20. Big River (1:35)
  21. All God's Children Ain't Free (2:15)
  22. Amen (2:08)
  23. When It's Springtime In Alaska (2:39)
  24. You Wild Colorado (1:48)
  25. Danny Boy (3:19)
  26. I Still Miss Someone (2:36)
  27. Give My Love to Rose (2:46)
  28. Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye (2:16)
  29. Disc 2

  30. Dark As a Dungeon (2:31)
  31. Bottom Of The Mountain (2:29)
  32. Understand Your Man (2:42)
  33. Time And Time Again (2:12)
  34. Hardin Wouldn't Run (3:48)
  35. A Certain Kinda Hurtin' (2:03)
  36. How Did You Get Away From Me (2:03)
  37. Bad News (2:57)
  38. A Cup Of Coffee (4:45)
  39. Dirty Old Egg Sucking Hound (2:27)
  40. The One on The Right is on The Left (2:51)
  41. Concerning Your New Song (3:31)
  42. The Bug That Tried to Crawl Around The World (2:58)
  43. Flushed from The Bathroom of Your Heart (2:05)
  44. Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog (2:09)
  45. Take Me Home (2:43)
  46. The Song Of The Coward (3:36)
  47. Please Don't Play Red River Valley (2:57)
  48. Foolish Questions (3:12)
  49. The Singing Star's Queen (3:00)
  50. Austin Prison (2:10)
  51. Boa Constrictor (1:47)
  52. Everybody Loves a Nut (2:08)
  53. The Sound Of Laughter (2:40)
  54. Joe Bean (3:08)
  55. Disc 3

  56. The Frozen Logger (2:24)
  57. The Baby Is Mine (2:33)
  58. Happy to Be with You (3:14)
  59. For Lovin' Me (2:40)
  60. Wabash Cannonball (2:42)
  61. Guess Things Happen That Way (1:49)
  62. Happiness is You (2:59)
  63. Ancient History (2:23)
  64. You Comb Her Hair (2:42)
  65. A Wound Time Can't Erase (2:37)
  66. Is This My Destiny? (2:32)
  67. Jackson (2:44)
  68. Pack up Your Sorrows (2:30)
  69. The Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man (2:36)
  70. Fast Boat To Sidney (2:31)
  71. You'll Be All Right (1:49)
  72. I Got a Woman (3:19)
  73. What'd I Say (2:51)
  74. Oh, What a Good Thing We Had (2:47)
  75. No No No (1:52)
  76. Shanty Town (2:23)
  77. The Matador (Original) (2:47)
  78. Wer Kennt Den Weg (Without Vocal Chorus) (2:35)
  79. In Virginia (Without Vocal Chorus) (2:11)
  80. Kleine Rosmarie (Without Vocal Chorus) (1:57)
  81. Besser So, Jenny-Jo (Without Vocal Chorus) (2:28)
  82. Wer Kennt Den Weg (2:04)
  83. In Virginia (2:07)
  84. Kleine Rosmarie (1:57)
  85. Besser So, Jenny-Jo (2:11)
  86. Disc 4

  87. Thunderball (2:53)
  88. The Sons of Katie Elder (2:35)
  89. Put The Sugar To Bed (2:24)
  90. Red Velvet (2:48)
  91. Rosanna's Going Wild (2:00)
  92. The Wind Changes (2:49)
  93. On The Line (2:22)
  94. Roll Call (2:27)
  95. You Beat All I Ever Saw (2:10)
  96. I Tremble For You (2:15)
  97. Cattle Call (Instrumental) (2:07)
  98. Bill's Theme (Instrumental) (2:11)
  99. Outside Looking In (Instrumental) (2:33)
  100. Spanish Harlem (Instrumental) (2:41)
  101. The Folk Singer (3:06)
  102. Southwind (3:15)
  103. The Devil To Pay (3:28)
  104. 'Cause I Love You (2:34)
  105. See Ruby Fall (2:52)
  106. Route # 1, Box 144 (2:29)
  107. Sing A Traveling Song (3:06)
  108. If I Were a Carpenter (2:18)
  109. To Beat The Devil (4:24)
  110. Blistered (2:24)
  111. Wrinkled Crinkled Wadded Dollar Bill (2:33)
  112. I've Got A Thing About Trains (2:50)
  113. Six White Horses (2:45)
  114. Jesus Was A Carpenter (3:58)
  115. The Man In Black (2:52)
  116. Disc 5

  117. The Christmas Spirit (4:59)
  118. I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day (2:28)
  119. Blue Christmas (2:21)
  120. The Gifts They Gave (3:31)
  121. Here Was a Man (2:43)
  122. Christmas As I Knew It (3:40)
  123. Silent Night (2:02)
  124. The Little Drummer Boy (2:33)
  125. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (3:00)
  126. Ringing The Bells for Jim (2:44)
  127. We Are The Shepherds (3:13)
  128. Who Kept The Sheep (1:56)
  129. The Ballad Of The Harp Weaver (4:23)
  130. Wildwood Flower (2:14)
  131. Engine 143 (3:34)
  132. Keep On The Sunnyside (2:28)
  133. Single Girl, Married Girl (2:21)
  134. The Banks Of The Ohio (4:05)
  135. My Clinch Mountain Home (2:56)
  136. Lonesome Valley (2:04)
  137. Worried Man Blues (2:39)
  138. The Wabash Cannonball (2:32)
  139. Brown Hearted Lover (2:24)
  140. Brown Eyes (3:26)
  141. I'm Working On A Building (2:41)
  142. Gathering Flowers From The Hillside (2:35)
  143. When The Roses Bloom Again (2:37)
  144. Disc 6

  145. Rock Island Line (2:11)
  146. Ballad of Ira Hayes (3:25)
  147. Keep On The Sunny Side (1:42)
The Man in Black: 1963-'69 Plus
06 October 1995

The Man in Black: 1963-'69 Plus

  1. Dark As a Dungeon (2:31)
  2. Ring of Fire (2:47)
  3. The Christmas Spirit (4:59)
  4. The Frozen Logger (2:24)
  5. Thunderball (2:53)
  6. Bottom Of The Mountain (2:29)
  7. I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day (2:28)
  8. The Baby Is Mine (2:33)
  9. The Matador (2:48)
  10. The Sons of Katie Elder (2:35)
  11. Blue Christmas (2:21)
  12. Happy to Be with You (3:14)
  13. I'd Still Be There (2:36)
  14. Put The Sugar To Bed (2:24)
  15. Understand Your Man (2:42)
  16. For Lovin' Me (2:40)
  17. Red Velvet (2:48)
  18. Rock Island Line (2:11)
  19. Still in Town (2:36)
  20. The Gifts They Gave (3:31)
  21. Time And Time Again (2:12)
  22. El Matador (Spanish) (2:48)
  23. Here Was a Man (2:43)
  24. Rosanna's Going Wild (2:00)
  25. Wabash Cannonball (2:42)
  26. Christmas As I Knew It (3:40)
  27. Fuego D'Amor (Anillo De Fuego) (Spanish)) (2:37)
  28. Guess Things Happen That Way (1:49)
  29. Hardin Wouldn't Run (3:48)
  30. The Wind Changes (2:49)
  31. Ballad of Ira Hayes (3:25)
  32. Happiness is You (2:59)
  33. My Old Faded Rose (2:46)
  34. On The Line (2:22)
  35. Silent Night (2:02)
  36. A Certain Kinda Hurtin' (2:03)
  37. Ancient History (2:23)
  38. It Ain't Me, Babe (3:05)
  39. Keep On The Sunny Side (1:42)
  40. Roll Call (2:27)
  41. The Little Drummer Boy (2:33)
  42. Don't Think Twice,it's Alright (2:45)
  43. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (3:00)
  44. You Beat All I Ever Saw (2:10)
  45. You Comb Her Hair (2:42)
  46. A Wound Time Can't Erase (2:37)
  47. How Did You Get Away From Me (2:03)
  48. I Tremble For You (2:15)
  49. One Too Many Mornings (2:40)
  50. Ringing The Bells for Jim (2:44)
  51. Bad News (2:57)
  52. Cattle Call (Instrumental) (2:07)
  53. Is This My Destiny? (2:32)
  54. Mama, You've Been On My Mind (2:56)
  55. We Are The Shepherds (3:13)
  56. A Cup Of Coffee (4:45)
  57. Bill's Theme (Instrumental) (2:11)
  58. Jackson (2:44)
  59. The Long Black Veil (3:10)
  60. Who Kept The Sheep (1:56)
  61. Dirty Old Egg Sucking Hound (2:27)
  62. Outside Looking In (Instrumental) (2:33)
  63. Pack up Your Sorrows (2:30)
  64. The Ballad Of The Harp Weaver (4:23)
  65. The Wall (1:49)
  66. Orange Blossom Special (4:01)
  67. Spanish Harlem (Instrumental) (2:41)
  68. The Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man (2:36)
  69. The One on The Right is on The Left (2:51)
  70. Wildwood Flower (2:14)
  71. Concerning Your New Song (3:31)
  72. Engine 143 (3:34)
  73. Fast Boat To Sidney (2:31)
  74. The Folk Singer (3:06)
  75. Troublesome Waters (3:52)
  76. I Walk The Line (2:50)
  77. Keep On The Sunnyside (2:28)
  78. Southwind (3:15)
  79. The Bug That Tried to Crawl Around The World (2:58)
  80. You'll Be Alright (1:49)
  81. Flushed from The Bathroom of Your Heart (2:05)
  82. Folsom Prison Blues (2:42)
  83. I Got a Woman (3:19)
  84. Single Girl, Married Girl (2:21)
  85. The Devil To Pay (3:28)
  86. 'Cause I Love You (2:34)
  87. Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog (2:09)
  88. The Banks Of The Ohio (4:05)
  89. What'd I Say (1995) (2:45)
  90. Wreck of The Old '97 (2:48)
  91. Hey Porter (2:15)
  92. My Clinch Mountain Home (2:56)
  93. Oh, What a Good Thing We Had (2:47)
  94. See Ruby Fall (2:52)
  95. Take Me Home (2:43)
  96. Big River (1:35)
  97. Lonesome Valley (2:04)
  98. No No No (1:52)
  99. Route # 1, Box 144 (2:29)
  100. The Song Of The Coward (3:36)
  101. All God's Children Ain't Free (2:15)
  102. Please Don't Play Red River Valley (2:57)
  103. Shantytown (2:23)
  104. Sing A Traveling Song (3:06)
  105. Worried Man Blues (2:39)
  106. Amen (2:08)
  107. Foolish Questions (3:12)
  108. If I Were a Carpenter (2:18)
  109. The Wabash Cannonball (2:32)
  110. What'd I Say (2:51)
  111. Brown Hearted Lover (2:24)
  112. The Singing Star's Queen (3:00)
  113. To Beat The Devil (4:24)
  114. When It's Springtime In Alaska (2:39)
  115. Austin Prison (2:10)
  116. Blistered (2:24)
  117. Brown Eyes (3:26)
  118. The Matador (Original) (2:47)
  119. You Wild Colorado (1:48)
  120. Boa Constrictor (1:47)
  121. Danny Boy (3:19)
  122. I'm Working On A Building (2:41)
  123. Wer Kennt Den Weg (Without Vocal Chorus) (2:35)
  124. Wrinkled Crinkled Wadded Dollar Bill (2:33)
  125. Everybody Loves a Nut (2:08)
  126. Gathering Flowers From The Hillside (2:35)
  127. I Still Miss Someone (2:36)
  128. I've Got A Thing About Trains (2:50)
  129. In Virginia (Without Vocal Chorus) (2:11)
  130. Give My Love to Rose (2:46)
  131. Kleine Rosmarie (Without Vocal Chorus) (1:57)
  132. Six White Horses (2:45)
  133. The Sound Of Laughter (2:40)
  134. When The Roses Bloom Again (2:37)
  135. Besser So, Jenny-Jo (Without Vocal Chorus) (2:28)
  136. Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye (2:16)
  137. Jesus Was A Carpenter (3:58)
  138. Joe Bean (3:08)
  139. The Man In Black (2:52)
  140. Wer Kennt Den Weg (2:04)
  141. In Virginia (2:07)
  142. Kleine Rosmarie (1:57)
  143. Besser So, Jenny-Jo (2:11)

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