In the Jailhouse Now
Johnny Cash Lyrics


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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 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 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

Well I went out last Tueasday
Met a girl named Susie
I told her I was the swellest man around
Well she started to spend my money
She started in to call 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 qiut playin' cards and shootin' dice
We're in the jailhouse now

Overall Meaning

The song "In the Jailhouse Now" by Johnny Cash talks about the consequences of making bad choices and getting caught up in illegal activities. The lyrics are a warning to those who continue to make the same mistakes and end up in jail. The song is told in a narrative style, with Cash describing first a friend named Ramblin' Bob, who thought he was clever but ended up getting caught and sent to jail, and then telling his own story about meeting a woman named Susie and getting caught up in a life of gambling and partying.


Through its lyrics, the song highlights the impact of one's choices on their life and how such choices can lead to undesirable outcomes. The repetition of the line "He's in the jailhouse now" drives home the message that one's actions have consequences. The song also touches on themes of greed and foolishness, as Cash's friend and Susie both fall prey to these vices and end up behind bars.


Overall, "In the Jailhouse Now" is a cautionary tale about the importance of making good choices in life.


Line by Line Meaning

He's in the jailhouse now
He is currently incarcerated.


He's in the jailhouse now
He remains incarcerated.


I told him once or twice
I advised him on more than one occasion.


To quit playin' cards and shootin' dice
To abstain from gambling.


He's in the jailhouse now
He is still serving time in prison.


Well I had a friend named Ramblin' Bob
There was a person I knew named Ramblin' Bob.


Who used to steal, gamble and rob
Bob was involved in illegal activities such as theft and gambling.


He thought he was the smartest guy in town
Bob was arrogant and believed he was more intelligent than others in the community.


But I found out last Monday
On a specific date, I discovered something new.


That Bob got locked up Sunday
Bob was arrested on a Sunday.


They got him in the jailhouse way down town
Bob was taken to a prison located in the distant part of the city.


Well I went out last Tuesday
On a specific date, I left my residence.


Met a girl named Susie
I encountered a woman who introduced herself as Susie.


I told her I was the swellest man around
I boasted about my own importance and good qualities.


Well she started to spend my money
Susie began using my financial resources.


She started in to call me honey
Susie began using an affectionate term to refer to me.


We took in every honky tonk in town
Together, we attended every establishment that played country music.


We're in the jailhouse now
Both Susie and I are now imprisoned.


We're in the jailhouse now
We continue to serve time in prison.


They told us once or twice
We received warnings from authorities more than once.


To quit playin' cards and shootin' dice
To stop engaging in gambling activities.


We're in the jailhouse now
We are incarcerated in the current moment.




Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: JIMMIE RODGERS

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Andrew O'Hara

Only Johnny Cash could just say "yodel" on the yodeling parts and have people not question it.

Michael Molaison

There was nothing to question. Mr Cash told the tale of the American that we all pictured due to entertainment, history classes at various stages of our education process and handed down lore based on our family lineage, experiences and location. Mr Cash is probably one of the only people who actually cared about everyone and had the platform to make a difference, no matter how small of the population it helped.

Gerard Larkin Haverstock

One of the greatest songs of all time.

Bourbon Sands

This is one of my favorites by Cash

David Davis

That song came on using my transistor radio when I was in Folsom a few years ago.it hit home thanks johnny...

Caleb Bookman

Badass

Chris Johnson

David Davis

I spent almost three years in a prison outside of Juarez Mexico. We had our own pirate radio station and would often hear Johnny Cash. If I didn’t have my radio one of the guys would yell “Gringo you’re song is on”!!!! Didn’t matter what song it was they knew I liked it. A lot of the Mexicans liked it too. I’ve heard Folsom is no joke. I hope you’re doing good today.

Mr B

Forever Johnny Cash!

ernie bilko

I remember as a kid one Sunday morning mom asking dad where was her brother was and he starting singing " He`s in the jailhouse now" he had been arrested the night before for public drunkenness

Loup Noir🐺🖤

We are the Fans in Black !
Hail Johnny Cash !

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