Jailhouse Rock
Elvis Presley Lyrics


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The warden threw a party in the county jail
The prison band was there and they began to wail
The band was jumpin' and the joint began to swing
You should've heard them knocked-out jailbirds sing

Let's rock everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

Spider Murphy played the tenor saxophone
Little Joe was blowin' on the slide trombone
The drummer boy from Illinois went crash, boom, bang
The whole rhythm section was the Purple Gang

Let's rock everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

Number forty-seven said to number three
"You're the cutest jailbird I ever did see
I sure would be delighted with your company
Come on and do the Jailhouse Rock with me"

Let's rock everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

Sad sack was sittin' on a block of stone
Way over in the corner weepin' all alone
The warden said, "hey, buddy, don't you be no square
If you can't find a partner, use a wooden chair"

Let's rock everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

Shifty Henry said to Bugs, "For Heaven's sake
No one's lookin' now's our chance to make a break"
Bugsy turned to Shifty and he said, "Nix, Nix
I want to stick around a while and get my kicks"

Let's rock everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

Dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock
Dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock
Dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock




Dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock
Dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

Overall Meaning

Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" is a vivacious song about inmates in the county jail. The lyrics paint an enthralling picture of a spirited night in jail, with the warden throwing a party, and the band performing, which results in all the inmates dancing and singing to Jailhouse Rock. The vibrant music with the tenor saxophone, slide trombone, and drummer boy from Illinois creates a lively atmosphere in the prison, where everyone is having fun and forgetting that they are inmates. Elvis Presley's vocals add to the upbeat mood of the song, making it a timeless classic.


Line by Line Meaning

The warden threw a party in the county jail
The prison warden hosted a festive celebration in the jailhouse


The prison band was there and they began to wail
The jail's resident band began to play boisterously


The band was jumpin' and the joint began to swing
The music became lively and everyone started dancing


You should've heard them knocked-out jailbirds sing
The prisoners who were feeling the music sang loudly and with abandon


Let's rock everybody, let's rock
Encouragement to enjoy the moment and dance to the music


Everybody in the whole cell block
All prisoners in the jail


Spider Murphy played the tenor saxophone
A musician played the tenor saxophone


Little Joe was blowin' on the slide trombone
Another musician played the slide trombone


The drummer boy from Illinois went crash, boom, bang
The drummer from Illinois played with energy and enthusiasm


The whole rhythm section was the Purple Gang
The jail's band was called the Purple Gang and played rhythm instruments


Number forty-seven said to number three
One prisoner is speaking to another, using their assigned numbers instead of names


"You're the cutest jailbird I ever did see
The artist compliments the other inmate's appearance


I sure would be delighted with your company
The singer would like to spend time with the other prisoner


Come on and do the Jailhouse Rock with me"
The singer invites the other inmate to dance to the music


Sad sack was sittin' on a block of stone
A dejected prisoner sat alone on a hard surface


Way over in the corner weepin' all alone
The prisoner was crying, isolated in the corner of the room


The warden said, "hey, buddy, don't you be no square
The warden encourages the prisoner to join the celebration and not be left out


If you can't find a partner, use a wooden chair"
The warden suggests that the prisoner can still dance alone or with an object


Shifty Henry said to Bugs, "For Heaven's sake
Two prisoners discuss a plan, addressing each other by nickname


No one's lookin' now's our chance to make a break"
They think they can escape during the busy celebration


Bugsy turned to Shifty and he said, "Nix, Nix
The other inmate declines the escape plan


I want to stick around a while and get my kicks"
The inmate prefers to stay and enjoy the partying


Dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock
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Dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock
Repeating the title of the song as a simple, catchy line


Dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock
Repeating the title of the song as a simple, catchy line


Dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock
Repeating the title of the song as a simple, catchy line


Dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock
Repeating the title of the song as a simple, catchy line




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, O/B/O DistroKid
Written by: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

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Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock Lyrics:


[Verse 1]
The warden threw a party in the county jail
The prison band was there and they began to wail
The band was jumping and the joint began to swing
You should've heard those knocked out jailbirds sing

[Chorus]
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancing to the Jailhouse Rock

[Verse 2]
Spider Murphy played the tenor saxophone
Little Joe was blowing on the slide trombone
The drummer boy from Illinois went crash, boom, bang
The whole rhythm section was the Purple Gang

[Chorus]
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancing to the Jailhouse Rock

[Verse 3]
Number forty-seven said to number three
"You're the cutest jailbird I ever did see
I sure would be delighted with your company
Come on and do the Jailhouse Rock with me"


[Chorus]
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancing to the Jailhouse Rock

[Verse 4]
The sad sack was a sitting on a block of stone
Way over in the corner weeping all alone
The warden said, "Hey, buddy, don't you be no square
If you can't find a partner use a wooden chair"

[Chorus]
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancing to the Jailhouse Rock

[Verse 5]
Shifty Henry said to Bugs, "For Heaven's sake
No one's looking, now's our chance to make a break"
Bugsy turned to Shifty and he said, "Nix nix
I want to stick around a while and get my kicks."

[Chorus]
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancing to the Jailhouse Rock



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Yea, imagine those loosers having to wait for new songs.

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@rubbishingsoul2847

This song was one of the first Rock and Roll songs I ever listened to.

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Wait, I think I forgot something?

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