I'm In The Jailhouse Now
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics

I had a friend named Ramblin' 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've got him in the jailhouse way down town.

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.

He played a game called poker
He knuckled with Dan Yoakum
But shootin' dice was his greatest game
Now he's downtown in jail
Nobody to go his bail
The judge done said that he will pay the fine.

I went out last Tuesday
Met a girl named Susie
I told her I was the swellest man around
We started to spend my money
Then she started to call me honey
We took in every cabaret in town.

We're in the jailhouse now
We're in the jailhouse now
I told the judge right to his face
We didn't like to see this place
We're in the jailhouse now.

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Alison Bell

His voice is so extraordinary, even after almost 100 years it touches my heart so powerfully. Jimmie never recorded a bad track. Like Hank Williams who came 20 years after him, they were one-off, freak talents.


Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music, one of the first 3 inductees (along with Hank Williams and Fred Rose) into the Country Music Hall of Fame

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Daisy Flowers

What a treat to hear an original recording by Jimmie Rodgers. Wow, 1928!

Cynthia Baxter

You can thank Ralph peer

Robert Wheeler

I didn't come across any negative comments --- Everything about the song withstands the test of time --- 90 years later its still great. Also when you listen to some top performers covering it you realize how good he is: there are a few decent versions but only one Jimmie Rogers.

Charles Greenberg

Love Jimmy Rodgers. He was a master of "cowboy bars" or beat dropping. Turning a 4/4 bar into 2/4 was one of his ingratiating traits. How cool was it when he recorded a blues with Louie Armstrong in 1929 with 12.5 to 13 bar choruses.


Thank you, I knew something was different about the timing. I didn’t know if it was his playing or phrasing of the melody.


only 1910s kids will remember this classic.


@Billy go play alexanders ragtime band for us

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