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Song title: Jailhouse rock

(Leiber, Stoller) by Elvis Presley 1957

Jailhouse rock

The warden threw a party in the county jail
The prison band was there and they began to wail
The band was jumpin' and the joint began to swing
You should've heard them knocked out jailbirds sing
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

Spider Murphy played the tenor saxophone
Little Joe was blowin' on the slide trombone
The drummer boy from Illinois went crash, boom, bang
The whole rhythm section was the Purple Gang
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin' 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, everybody, let's rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock.

Sad sack was sittin' on a block of stone
Way over in the corner weepin' 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, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

Shifty Henry said to Bugs, "For Heaven's sake,"
"No one's lookin', now's our chance to make a break"
Bugsy turned to Shifty and he said, "Nix nix,
"I wanna stick around a while and get my kicks"
Let's rock, everybody, let's rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

Dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock
Dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock
Dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock


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This song has never been published on any official release.

Very few performances of this songs are known (to me, at least!):
 - 01/01/1977 Stone Pony, Asbury Park,NJ ,USA
   note: this date is only indicative of the general period
 - 12/04/1995 Carnegie Hall, New York,NY ,USA
 - 02/10/2009 Giants Stadium, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA during the Working on a dream tour
 - 13/07/2013 TW Classic, Werchter ,Belgium during the Wrecking ball tour

Data from the www.brucespringsteen.it database
First known live performance: 01/01/1977 Stone Pony, Asbury Park,NJ ,USA
Last known live performance: 13/07/2013 TW Classic, Werchter ,Belgium

Song 'history':


Played once in the whole Working on a Dream tour (02/10/2009 Giants Stadium, E.Rutherford,NJ ,USA)
Bruce gave this song one only shot through the Wrecking Ball tour (13/07/2013 TW Classic, Werchter ,Belgium)

The song was also played in informal happenings or off-tour appearances
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