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But is there because he's a victim of the time

 Word of warning before I start- IE messes up my keyboard, which causes some letters to be skipped, so please ignore any typos.

 

The theme of this blog?

 

We've covered drinking songs, so now it's time to focus on some songs about prison.

 

Another warning, most of these songs will be Country, and if you don't like Country, I'd still aprecciate a comment saying you don't like Country.

 

I'm not gonna post a lot of words on thi one, just a brief description of each song, and a backstory if there's an interesting one to tell.

 

Let's get this thing started, and I hope you enjoy.

 

First song-

Four Walls of Raiford- Lynyrd Skynyrd

The song is about a war vet that is falsely accused of armed robbery, and is serving 5 years on a chain gang, but escapes.  If he's caught he'll be killed, and he's asking Jesus to save his soul.

 

Next up,

Lightning- Eric Church

You might have seen me posting lyrics to this one before.  This is one of my all time favorite songs.  A robbery goes wrong when the man kills the liquor store attendant for reaching for his gun.  A hungry blue eyed baby made him do it, now it's time for the chair.

 

Next,

Sing Me Back Home- Merle Haggard

Who better to sing about prison than a man that's actually spent time there.  Merles was pardoned by Rondald Reagan when he was the governor of California.  This song is about a prisoner walking the green mile, and his last request is to hear someone sing a song from his childhood.

 

Next,

There Ain't No Good Chain Gang- Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash

This song has a good life lesson.  There ain't no good in an evil hearted woman, and I ain't cut out to be no Jesse James, and you don't go written hot checks down in Mississippi and there ain't no good chain gang.

 

Next,

Louisiana Stripes- Hank Williams III

Critics call this song the modern day Folsom Prison Blues.  He's doing 99 years for shooting a cheating wife and the man she's been cheating with.  The music of George Jones helps him get through, but he's adapted well to prison life.

 

Next,

Mama Tried- Merle Haggard

Did I mention Merle was in attendance for Johnny Cash's prison concert at San Quenten?  Well, he was.  This sng is about a kid going bad despite a single mother's attempts to straighten him out.

 

Next,

Back Up Against The Wall- Atlanta Rhythm Section

 This one is to lighten things up a bit.  This s an upbeat song.  He don't deny he was guilty, but his back was against the wall, and he had no choice.

 

Last, but not least

Folsom Prison Blues- Johnny Cash

I think we've all heard this one.  I can't so a list of prison songs without including this one.

 

her's several othe songs that I considered, that missed the cut, feel free to post songs you think should have been mentioned.

 

I would love to hear your feedback.

July 12, 2011  10:19 PM ET

ol red by blake shelton.

July 12, 2011  10:22 PM ET

Thanks for including a couple of Merle classics... nobody can quite sing about prison like a guy who has been there. Great job here, UH...

July 12, 2011  10:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Thanks for including a couple of Merle classics... nobody can quite sing about prison like a guy who has been there. Great job here, UH...

You can't make a blog about prison songs without Merle.

Thanks for the feedback.

July 12, 2011  10:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

ol red by blake shelton.

He stole my woman.

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July 12, 2011  11:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

good stuff. I even recognized a couple!

I'm guessing you've heard Folsom Prison Blues and The Grateful Dead's version of Mama Tried, and

July 12, 2011  11:56 PM ET

Nice.

To me, I always think of this when I think of prison songs

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,
The jails are made of tin.
And you can walk right out again,
As soon as you are in.


July 12, 2011  11:56 PM ET

Nice blog. I like Folsom Prison Blues the best, probably because of the fact I'm already familiar with it.

July 12, 2011  11:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Nice.To me, I always think of this when I think of prison songsIn the Big Rock Candy Mountains,The jails are made of tin.And you can walk right out again,As soon as you are in.

I love that song.

Yes, I have the Oh Brother Where Art Thou sound track.

July 13, 2011  12:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Nice blog. I like Folsom Prison Blues the best, probably because of the fact I'm already familiar with it.

Thank's for reading.

I hope you liked some of the others as well.

July 13, 2011  12:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

ol red by blake shelton.

Great song.

July 13, 2011  01:54 AM ET

I like the theme you chose, Outlaw.
I'm not much of a country fan, myself - although I do like Johnny Cash as he pretty much transcends the genre.

July 13, 2011  02:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I love that song.Yes, I have the Oh Brother Where Art Thou sound track.

yep. You got me.

July 13, 2011  08:07 AM ET
QUOTE:

Happy Birthday, CBOOK

thank you, friend.

you rock, pchy.

July 13, 2011  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He stole my woman.

it's still a great song. a different twist on a prison inmate.

July 13, 2011  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

it's still a great song. a different twist on a prison inmate.

Not really, there's plenty of songs about the inmate escaping, the first song, Four Walls of Raiford has the prisoner escaping.

July 13, 2011  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Not really, there's plenty of songs about the inmate escaping, the first song, Four Walls of Raiford has the prisoner escaping.

And so does Back Up Against the Wall.

July 13, 2011  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

it's still a great song. a different twist on a prison inmate.

And Blake SHelton isn't near as talented as the other singers or groups I used in this blog.

July 13, 2011  12:55 PM ET

No love for Jerry Jeff Walker or not applicable in this instance?

 
July 13, 2011  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#22):

No love for Jerry Jeff Walker or not applicable in this instance?

I'm a big Jerry Jeff Walker fan.

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