Roots / Old Timey

Pokey LaFarge: In The Jailhouse Now

I remember last election, Jim Jones got election
he said he’s voting for the man that pays the biggest price
the next day after poll, he voted with heart and soul
but instead of voting once he voted twice

He’s in the jailhouse now
He’s in the jailhouse now
instead of staying at home and leaving the rich folks business alone
He’s in the jailhouse now

You remember Henry Cruise, he sold that no good booze
he sold it down to the police on the beat
and now Henry’s feeling funny cause the police gives him mob money
now he’s got a ball and chain around his feet

He’s in the jailhouse now
He’s in the jailhouse now
instead of staying at home and leaving the rich folks business alone
He’s in the jailhouse now

Son when walking down the street, a little chick he chanced to meet
so he went to every tavern in town
he drank lots of liquor and the troubles soon got thicker
now he’s jailhouse bound

He’s in the jailhouse now
He’s in the jailhouse now
instead of staying at home and leaving the rich folks business alone
He’s in the jailhouse now

Jim Jones liked to roam around with every little girl in town
until he made it with Benny’s wife
and then Benny got him in the face and now he’s a big disgrace
and now he’s graveyard bound

well they used to be friends
but let’s let that little matter end
cause he’s in the graveyard now