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Steve Forbert – In The Jailhouse Now lyrics

I had a friend called Ramblin' Bob
He used to steal and gamble and rob
He thought he was the smartest man around
But I found out last Monday
They locked him up on Sunday
They've got him in the jailhouse way downtown

He's in the jailhouse now
The jailhouse now
I warned him once or twice
Quit playin' cards and shootin' the dice
He's in the jailhouse now

Well, he played that game called poker
Pinochle, whist and euchre
But shooting dice, lord, it was his greatest game
So now he's down in jail
Nobody to go his bail
The judge done said that he refused a fine

He's in the jailhouse now
The jailhouse now
I warned him once or twice
You better quit playin' the cards and
Shootin' the dice
He's in the jailhouse now


Well, I went out last Tuesday
I met a gal named Susie
Told her I was the swellest man around
We started spendin' my money
She started callin' me honey
We took in every cabaret in town

We're in the jailhouse now
In the jailhouse now
You know I told that judge right to his face
I couldn't stand to see his place
We're in the jailhouse now

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Burnin' candles, watchin' shadows
Long hours melt away in spider town
Sultry ev'nings, whisperin' windows
I sit and listen to the rain come down

Oh, Camille, read all about it in my letter
Oh, Camille ...

Howlin' wolves out chasin' deer make
Dark, ugly pictures for my soul to see
Pale pianos leave me wond'rin'
"How go these nights of yours in Italy?"


Took a walk down flights of stairs, I
Went out to wander where the rain has been
Saw a madman preachin' tombstones
I'm feelin' better 'bout the shape I'm in


Ain't got no jokes to tell
Just lotsa books to read
Wild hearts an' traffic sounds
All poundin' ev'rywhere
It's electricity
It's flowin' into me
I am at home in here
These blues are right for me


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