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Carl Perkins
"Jailhouse Rock" lyrics

Jailhouse Rock

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

Let's rock
Yeah, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancing to the jailhouse rock

Spider Murphy played
The tenor saxophone
Little Joe was blowing
On the slide trombone
The drummer boy from Tennessee
Went crash, boom, bang
The whole rhythm section
Was the Purple Gang

Let's rock
Yeah, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancing to the jailhouse rock

Dancing to the jailhouse rock
Rocking to the jailhouse rock
Shaking to the jailhouse rock
Rocking to the jailhouse rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancing 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
Yeah, let's rock now
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancing to the jailhouse rock

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"

Let's rock
Yeah, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancing to the jailhouse rock

They were shaking to the jailhouse rock
Bopping to the jailhouse rock
Rolling to the jailhouse rock
Shaking to the jailhouse rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancing to the jailhouse rock
Rock, rock
Rock, rock