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Crime and Prison Songs: Jason’s Jail Mix

My brother-in-law recently created a CD-mix of songs about jails, prisons, and crime for me. I enjoyed listening to it so much that I thought I would reproduce it for Early American Crime.

  1. “In The Jail House Now” – Soggy Bottom Boys
  2. “Jailhouse Rock” – Elvis Presley (See the video from Last.fm.)
  3. “I Shot the Sheriff” – Bob Marley
  4. “Folsom Prison Blues” – Johnny Cash
  5. “I Fought the Law” – The Clash
  6. “Hurricane” – Bob Dylan
  7. “I’m Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail (Live)” – Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
  8. “Big Railroad Blues” – The Grateful Dead
  9. “Jailhouse Blues” – Lightnin’ Hopkins
  10. “Sing Sing Prison Blues” – Bessie Smith
  11. “Jailbreak” – AC/DC
  12. “Halloway Jail” – The Kinks

Do you have any favorite songs about jails, prisons, or crime? Share them in the Comments!

6 Comments

  1. How ’bout:

    “Riot in Cell Block #9″ – The Coaster
    “Midnight Special” – Leadbelly (et al)
    “30 Days in the Hole” – Humble Pie

    RW

    Friday, April 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink
  2. David Loiterstein wrote:

    And these:

    Back on the Chain Gang—The Pretenders
    Bandit Cole Younger—Edward L. Crain
    Chain Gang—Sam Cooke
    Chain Gang Blues—Ma Rainey
    Christmas in Prison—John Prine
    Criminals—T-Bone Burnett
    Fish in the Jailhouse—Tom Waits
    Fort Worth Jail, Tex Ritter
    Good Morning Judge—Wynonie Harris
    I Got Stripes—Johnny Cash
    I’m Free from the Chain Gang Now—Johnny Cash
    Jackson Cage—Bruce Springsteen
    Jailhouse Tears —Lucinda Williams
    John Hardy—Leadbelly
    Judge Dread—Prince Buster
    Judge Harsh Blues—Furry Lewis
    Life in Prison—The Byrds
    Parchman Farm Blues—Bukka White
    Prison Blues—Kenny Wayne Shepherd
    Prison Grove—Warren Zevon
    Prison Walls—Todd Snider
    Rusty Cage—Johnny Cash
    Who Shot Sam?—Wanda Jackson
    Wise County Jail—Dock Boggs
    Women’s Prison—Loretta Lynn

    Friday, April 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Permalink
  3. Wow! You really know your jail songs.

    Friday, April 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
  4. Marty Duffy wrote:

    “Police Beat” and “Illegal Left” by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones!

    Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Permalink
  5. Emily wrote:

    “Police Beat” and “Illegal Left” by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones!

    Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Permalink
  6. Amy wrote:

    And these:

    Back on the Chain Gang—The Pretenders
    Bandit Cole Younger—Edward L. Crain
    Chain Gang—Sam Cooke
    Chain Gang Blues—Ma Rainey
    Christmas in Prison—John Prine
    Criminals—T-Bone Burnett
    Fish in the Jailhouse—Tom Waits
    Fort Worth Jail, Tex Ritter
    Good Morning Judge—Wynonie Harris
    I Got Stripes—Johnny Cash
    I’m Free from the Chain Gang Now—Johnny Cash
    Jackson Cage—Bruce Springsteen
    Jailhouse Tears —Lucinda Williams
    John Hardy—Leadbelly
    Judge Dread—Prince Buster
    Judge Harsh Blues—Furry Lewis
    Life in Prison—The Byrds
    Parchman Farm Blues—Bukka White
    Prison Blues—Kenny Wayne Shepherd
    Prison Grove—Warren Zevon
    Prison Walls—Todd Snider
    Rusty Cage—Johnny Cash
    Who Shot Sam?—Wanda Jackson
    Wise County Jail—Dock Boggs
    Women’s Prison—Loretta Lynn

    Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

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