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For a project I'm doing, I need to find as many jail and prison related songs as possible.
There are the obvious country western and folk ones, I wonder if y'all could point me to more contemporary urban songs about the subject.
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Gotta throw in a plug by my favorite song by my favorite band:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vP2hFFV57E

I'm waiting in my cold cell, when the bell begins to chime.
Reflecting on my past life and it doesn't have much time.
'Cause at 5 o'clock they take me to the Gallows Pole,
The sands of time for me are running low...

Running low--ooohhh...
When the priest comes to read me the last rites,
I take a look through the bars at the last sights,
Of a world that has gone very wrong for me.

Can it be that there's some sort of error?
Hard to stop the surmounting terror.
Is this really the end, not some crazy dream?

Somebody please tell me that I'm dreaming,
It's not easy to stop from screaming,
But words escape me when I try to speak.
Tears flow but why am I crying?
After all I'm not afraid of dying.
Don't I believe that there never is an end?

As the guards march me out to the courtyard,
Somebody cries from a cell "God be with you".
If there's a God then why does he let me go?

As I walk my life drifts before me.
Though the end is near I'm not sorry.
Catch my soul, it's willing to fly away.

Mark my words believe my soul lives on.
Don't worry now that I have gone.
I've gone beyond to see the truth.

When you know that your time is close at hand,
Maybe then you'll begin to understand
Life down here is just a strange illusion.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah...Hallowed be Thy name
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah...Hallowed be Thy name
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWR1iZo1LMo

Social Distortion - "Prison Bound"

Well, I'm goin' to a place where the tough guys go
And come out even tougher
A place where a man don't show his feelings
A place where a man don't cry

Well, they say I'm bein' punished
And they say I can be reformed
But some day I'll return
Did they really think that
This time it would work

You knew all along it wouldn't...

[Chorus]
Oh, I'm prison bound
I did a crime one too many times
It's on the outskirts of town, by the railroad tracks
Where the country moon shines
Oh, I'm prison bound
Tell my girl I'll be back one day
Oh, I'm prison bound
I may never know any other way

Well, they take away my freedom of expression or action
Johnny says I'll walk the line
With three hots and a cot
And a lot of talk
With lock-up, concrete, and steel

Well it's cold and it's clammy
Man, it's colder than a pimp's heart
But I've gotta do my time
There's a lesson to be learned here
But what a price to pay

You know I may never learn-
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Crescent City Blues--Gordon Jenkins, 1954

I hear the train a-comin, it's rolling 'round the bend

And I ain't been kissed lord since I don't know when
The boys in Crescent City don't seem to know I'm here
That lonesome whistle seems to tell me, Sue, disappear

When I was just a baby my mama told me, Sue,
When you're grown up I want that you should go and see and do
But I'm stuck in Crescent City just watching life mosey by
When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry

I see the rich folks eating in that fancy dining car
They're probably having pheasant breast and eastern caviar
Now I ain't crying envy and I ain't crying me
It's just that they get to see things that I've never seen

If I owned that lonesome whistle, if that railroad train was mine
I bet I'd find a man a little farther down the line
Far from Crescent City is where I'd like to stay
And I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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This will get you started...

Humble Pie - 30 Days In The Hole
Nazareth - Alcatraz
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
David Allan Coe - Penitentiary Blues
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Four Walls of Raiford
The Zombies - Care Of Cell 44
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
Sam Cooke - Chain Gang
Dr. Dre - Trapped On Death Row
The Clash - I Fought The Law
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
AC/DC - Jailbreak (different song from Thin Lizzy's)
Kinks - Holloway Jail
Jerry Garcia - Whiskey In The Jar

Mark. Smile
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Ahhhhhhh Whiskey in the Jar! Make mine Thin Lizzy or Metallica, though.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Don't forget Beethoven's great Prisoner's Chorus from Fidelio.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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On 2011-10-23 18:11, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Ahhhhhhh Whiskey in the Jar! Make mine Thin Lizzy or Metallica, though.


"Red Hugh" played a fantastic version of this song at the ren faires.
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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Thanks guys. Any Hip-hop or Rap entries?
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Good thing no one posted a link to this jail song, 'cause it's awful.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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"The Green, Green Grass of Home" ('the old home town looks the same, as I step down from the train...')

You don't know it until nearly the end of the song. One of my all-time favorites.
My ex-cat was named "Muffin". "Vomit" would be a better name for her. AKA "The Evil Ball of Fur".
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Lonnie Mack-Cincinatti Jail
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12SApDjbX5k
You know why don't act naive.
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The Midnight Special - as popularized by Huddie Ledbetter.
Parchman Farm.

Do chain gangs count? If so:
Chain Gang (Sam Cooke).
Take This Hammer.
Can't You Line 'Em.
Water Boy.
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Megadeth – Devils Island

Crap actually but I thought I would mention it since I am here. Smile
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On 2011-10-23 21:32, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
Good thing no one posted a link to this jail song, 'cause it's awful.

The horror . . . the horror . . .
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I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet, I Got Stripes & Folsom Prison Blues!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOisJKfyQdk
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On A Monday I Was Ar-rested (Uh Huh)
On A Tuesday They Locked Me In The Jail (Oh Boy)
On A Wednesday My Trial Was At-tested
On A Thursday They Said Guilty And The Judge's Gavel Fell

I Got Stripes --- Stripes Around My Shoulders
I Got Chains --- Chains Around My Feet
I Got Stripes --- Stripes Around My Shoulders
And Them Chains --- Them Chains They're About To Drag Me Down

On A Monday My Momma Come To See Me
On A Tuesday They Caught Me With A File
On A Wednesday I'm Down In Solitary
On A Thursday I Start On Bread And Water For A While

I Got Stripes --- Stripes Around My Shoulders
I Got Chains --- Chains Around My Feet
I Got Stripes --- Stripes Around My Shoulders
And Them Chains --- Them Chains They're About To Drag Me Down

I Got Stripes --- Stripes Around My Shoulders
I Got Chains --- Chains Around My Feet
I Got Stripes --- Stripes Around My Shoulders
And Them Chains --- Them Chains They're About To Drag Me


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5Ts4M3irWM

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I hear the train a comin'
It's rollin' 'round the bend,
And I ain't seen the sunshine,
Since, I don't know when,
I'm stuck in Folsom Prison,
And time keeps draggin' on,
But that train keeps a-rollin',
On down to San Antone.

When I was just a baby,
My Mama told me, "Son,
Always be a good boy,
Don't ever play with guns,"
But I shot a man in Reno,
Just to watch him die,
When I hear that whistle blowin',
I hang my head and cry.

I bet there's rich folks eatin',
In a fancy dining car,
They're probably drinkin' coffee,
And smokin' big cigars,
But I know I had it comin',
I know I can't be free,
But those people keep a-movin',
And that's what tortures me.

Well, if they freed me from this prison,
If that railroad train was mine,
I bet I'd move out over a little,
Farther down the line,
Far from Folsom Prison,
That's where I want to stay,
And I'd let that lonesome whistle,
Blow my Blues away.
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About half of Live at Folsom but it seemed like OP wanted newer stuff than that.
I really liked '25 Minutes to go' as a prison song off of there. Written by Shel Silverstein.
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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Ah...right you are...I only read the subject and glanced over the posts...had I paid attention, I would've noticed that and I also would've noticed that "Crescent City Blues" and "Folsom" are virtually identical.

I shall now return to my regularly scheduled trolling.
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Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos
Public Enemy

I got a letter from the government the other day
I opened it and read it
It said that they were suckers
They wanted me for the army or whatever
Picture me giving a ***, I said never

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