In the Jailhouse Now

In the Jailhouse Now

Traditional, adapted by Jimmie Rodgers.


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 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.

Oh-lay-ee-hee-ee-ee-hee
Oh-lee-oh-lee-hee-ee-ee-hee
Ah-lee-oh-ho’lay-ee-hee-heedle-ee-hee
Oh-lay-hee

He played a game called poker,
Pinochle, whist, and euchre,
But shootin’ dice was his greatest game.

Now he’s down-town in jail;
Nobody to go his bail.
The judge done said that he refused a fine.

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.

Ah-dee-oh-lay-ee-hee-ee-ee-hee
Ah-lee-oh-lay-ee-hee-ee-ee-hee
Ah-lee-oh-lay-ee-hee
Hee-ee-hee oh-lay-hee

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 ev’ry 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.

Ah-lee-oh-lay-ee-hee-ee-ee-hee
Ah-lee-oh-lay-ee-hee-ee-ee-hee
Ah-lee-oh-lay-ee-hee
Hee-oh-lay-ee


Transcribed from Victor 21245, as sung by Jimmie Rodgers, recorded February 15, 1928.