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The Late Movies: Arresting Music

A video showing a fellow who had been arrested, took the internet by storm today. He was confined to the back of a police car and sang Bohemian Rhapsody in its entirety, while completely snoggered.

Robert Wilkinson had a little too much and decided the squad car was the perfect place for karaoke. How did he remember the whole song in that condition?! This happened in Edson, Alberta last November. Wilkinson was given a copy of the video to use in his defense, and he uploaded it to YouTube himself. The Smoking Gun has more on the story.

What song would you sing if you just got arrested? There are a lot to select from!

I Fought The Law (and the law won)

Written by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets, this song became a hit by The Bobby Fuller Four in 1966. It’s charted several times by different artists since then.

Folsom Prison Blues

Johnny Cash wrote the song while stationed in Germany with the Air Force. He recorded it at Sun Records in 1955. The tune was “Crescent City Blues” by Gordon Jenkins, but he was not credited on “Folsom Prison Blues.” Cash paid him a settlement years later. Cash performed the song at Folsom Prison in 1968.

Chain Gang

Sam Cooke released this hit in 1960. It was supposedly inspired by his real-life encounter with some prisoners working on a highway, linked by chains.

Jailhouse Rock

The song was written for the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock, starring Elvis Presley. It was a #1 hit for seven weeks!

Mama Tried

Here you see Merle Haggard performing his hit in 1968, just after its release. Haggard served three years at Sam Quentin in 1957, and used that experience for inspiration. However, the song is not exactly autobiographical as some believe. Maybe somewhat, with a good dose of poetic license.


Irish band Thin Lizzy released “Jailbreak” in 1976 on the album Jailbreak. This video is from a 1978 concert in Sydney.

In The Jailhouse Now

Webb Pierce and Red Sovine along with The Wilburn Brothers perform this classic sometime in the 1960s. The song was copyrighted in 1915 by a duo named Davis and Stafford. Jimmie Rodgers recorded it in 1928 with his distinctive yodeling delivery. His version is considered the classic. However, Webb Pierce had the earliest video available that wasn’t made of still pictures.

This list was inspired by a Metafilter thread.  Oh, I am sure there are plenty more songs appropriate for the occasion, so feel free to add them in the comments.

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