“Locked in the Walls of Prison”


"Locked in the walls of prison, Down in a narrow cell, Locked in the walls... No one to go my bail. If I was worth ten thousand, I'd bury it in my trunk, Or else I'd surely gamble Besides I might get drunk... Take me back... To wear the ball and chain


Although nearly every word of this song occurs elsewhere (e.g. the final verse, "One foot upon the platform, T'other on the train," can be found in "The House of the Rising Sun"), this is the only version I know of that combines them in this way. - RBW


  1. Randolph 144, "Locked in the Walls of Prison" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #5484
  3. BI, R144


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929
Found in: US(So)