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Peoria Johnson told Dudlow Joe
I can break out of any old jail you know
the bars are iron the walls are stone
all I need me is an old fish bone

they're serving fish in the jailhouse tonight
oh boy
they're serving fish in the jailhouse tonight

corvina opal eye hammerhead shark
steelhead salmon or a mud bank carp
sand me one side dull
whittle the other side sharp
by Saturday night I'll be in central park

they're serving fish in the jailhouse tonight
oh boy
They're serving fish in the jailhouse tonight

ask Little Son Jackson or the 44. Kid
or Whitfield Faraday what I did
from Yazoo city up to Rollin Fork
from Natchez to Kinosha
from New Dime to New York

they're serving fish in the jailhouse tonight
oh boy
They're serving fish in the jailhouse tonight

gimme a nice totuava or a chicken of the sea
I'm gonna fashion me a fishbone skeleton key
tell Scullion Childs I won't be late
you can bet your freedom I'm gonna clean my plate

fish in the jailhouse tonight
they're serving fish in the jailhouse tonight
they're serving fish in the jailhouse
fish in the jailhouse tonight
serving fish in the jailhouse tonight
serving fish in the jailhouse tonight
all right

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from Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (Remastered), released November 21, 2006

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