Jailhouse – Song and Lyrics by Aaron Neville

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Discover the poetic beauty in ‘Jailhouse’ by Aaron Neville. This lyric breakdown takes you on a journey through the artist’s thoughts, emotions, and the story they aim to tell. From clever metaphors to evocative imagery, we delve into the nuances that make this song a lyrical masterpiece. Whether you’re a fan of Aaron Neville or a lover of well-crafted words, our detailed analysis will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of this song.

Too many, too many mornings
Gotta wake up soon
Too many, too many mornings, whoa Lord gotta wake up soon
Oh, and eat my breakfast by the light of the moon

It was late, very late last summer
When I first got my time
Whoa it was late, very, very late last summer
You know when I first got my time
My buddy got one hundred years, thank the Lord I just got ninety-nine

If you see, if you see my mama
Won’t you tell her this for me?
Lord, if you see, if you see my dear old mother
Won’t you please tell her this for me?
I got a long, long time and Lord knows when I’m gonna be free

You know they come up here a skippin’ and a jumpin’
But you know that they won’t last long
Lord, they come up here a skippin’ and a jumpin’
But you know that they won’t last long
One day they’re gonna wish they was a baby boy in their mothers’ arms

You know they’re always, always talking about dangerous blue
Whoa, you know they’re always talking about dangerous blue
If I had my big old pistol, you know I’d be dangerous too

Twelve jury men found me guilt
The doorman looked me up and down
Lord, twelve jury men found me guilty
You know the doorman looked me up and down
Just looked at me through the corner of his eye and said “boy
You’re penitentiary-bound”

One day, one day down in New Orleans
All the girls gonna jump and shout
Lord, one day down in New Orleans all the girls gonna jump and shout
When them big green gates open up wide
I’ll come steppin’ out