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Webb Pierce - In The Jailhouse Now

Pierce's version spent No. 1 on the Billboard country chart for 21 weeks, becoming the third song in the chart's history to spend as long on the chart.

Is an American novelty blues song originally found in vaudeville performances from the early 20th century, usually credited to Jimmie Rodgers. The song’s first two verses trace the exploits of Ramblin’ Bob, who cheats at cards and gets caught, while the final verse tells about taking a girl named Susie out on the town and winding up in jail together.

After Rodgers, the best-known version of the song was by Webb Pierce, who had a No. 1 country hit with the song in 1955. Pierce’s version spent No. 1 on the Billboard country chart for 21 weeks, becoming the third song in the chart’s history to spend as long on the chart; previously, Eddy Arnold (“I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms),” 1947) and Hank Snow (“I’m Movin’ On,” 1950) achieved the feat. For 58 years, those three songs held the longevity record for most weeks at No. 1 with 21 weeks, with only a handful of songs coming within a month of matching the record into the early 1960s. Finally, on August 10, 2013, “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line surpassed Pierce’s “In the Jailhouse Now” for most weeks at No. 1 when it spent its 22nd week at No. 1.

Some Versions

 

Jimmie Rodgers July 1928

Tommy Duncan and His Western All Stars March 1950

Webb Pierce December 1954

Cowboy Copas August 1963

Ernest Tubb April 1967

Hank Snow featuring Albert Fullam May 1972

Boxcar Willie 1989

Hank Thompson July 18, 2000

Billy Walker July 11, 2006

Stay Tuned String Band 2011

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Webb Pierce – In The Jailhouse Now Lyrics

 

He’s in the jailhouse now

He’s in the jailhouse now

I told him once or twice

To quit playin’ cards and shootin’ dice

He’s in the jailhouse now

 

Well I had a friend named Rambling Bob

Who used to steal, gamble and rob

He thought he was the smartest guy in town

But I found out last Monday, that Bob got locked up Sunday

They got him in the jailhouse way downtown

 

He’s in the jailhouse now

He’s in the jailhouse now

I told him once or twice

To quit playin’ cards and shootin’ dice

He’s in the jailhouse now

 

Well I went out last Tuesday

I met a girl named Susie

I told her I was the swellest man around

Well she started and to spend my money

She started and to callin’ me honey

We took in every honky tonk in town

 

We’re in the jailhouse now

We’re in the jailhouse now

They told us once or twice

To quit playin’ cards and shootin’ dice

We’re in the jailhouse now



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