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On May 11, 1965, Johnny Cash was arrested in Starkville, Mississippi following a performance at the Mississippi State University. Cash was charged with public drunkenness after being caught in a local resident's garden picking flowers.

He spent the night in a jail cell and later wrote the song "Starkville City Jail" about the incident. Apparently, Cash shared his cell that night with a 15-year-old man named Smokey Evans. After kicking the cell wall so hard that he broke his toe, Cash took off his shoes and gave them to the 15 year old, saying, "Here’s a souvenir. I’m Johnny Cash."

In 1969, before singing "Starkville City Jail" to the inmates at San Quentin Jail, Cash recounted the experience:

"You wouldn't believe it, one night I got in jail in Starkville Mississippi for picking flowers. I was walking down the street ... and uh, you know, going to get me some cigarettes or something. 'Bout two in the morning, after a show. I think it was. Anyway, I reached down and picked a dandelion here and a daisy there as I went along, and this car pulls up. He said, 'Get it the hell in here boy, what are you doing?' I said, 'I'm just picking flowers.' Well, thirty six dollars for picking flowers and a night in jail. You can't hardly win can ya? No telling what they'd do if you pull an apple or something ... I'd like to get back at the fella down in Starkville Mississippi...that still has my thirty six dollars."

Well, I left my motel room, down at the Starkville Motel,

The town had gone to sleep and I was feelin' fairly well.

I strolled along the sidewalk 'neath the sweet magnolia trees;


I was whistlin', pickin' flowers, swayin' in the southern breeze.

I found myself surrounded; one policeman said: "That's him.

Come along, wild flower child. Don't you know that it's two a.m."


They're bound to get you.

'Cause they got a curfew.

And you go to the Starkville City jail.


Well, they threw me in the car and started driving into town;

I said: "What the hell did I do?" He said: "Shut up and sit down."


Well, they emptied out my pockets, took my pills and guitar picks.

I said: "Wait, my name is..." "Awe shut up." Well, I sure was in a fix.


The sergeant put me in a cell, then he went home for the night;

I said: "Come back here, you so and so; I ain't bein' treated right."


Well, they're bound to get you, cause they got a curfew,

And you go to the Starkville City Jail.


I started pacin' back and forth, and now and then I'd yell,

And kick my forty dollar shoes against the steel floor of my cell.

I'd walk awhile and kick awhile, and all night nobody came.


Then I sadly remembered that they didn't even take my name.

At 8 a.m. they let me out. I said: "Gimme them things of mine!"

They gave me a sneer and a guitar pick, and a yellow dandelion.


They're bound to get you, 'cause they got a curfew,

And you go to the Starkville City Jail.


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In 2007 Starkville officially pardoned Johnny Cash at the Flower Pickin' Festival

Lyrics to Starkville City Jail

Johnny Cash Arrested for Picking Flowers

Johnny Cash Arrested in Starkville

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Johnny Cash in the Starkville City Jail

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Mississippi Retro Apparel are wearable flashbacks from years gone by.

They are for the crowd that knew the bars, clubs, restaurants and music of the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. They are reminders of the best of times spent with family and friends at the best places, those places, back then.


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