DESCRIPTION: "Oh, one gets arrested, The other goes bail, That's what you get At the Albany Jail. The coffee's like tobacco-juice, The bread is hard and stale; That's what you get At the Albany jail."
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (ThompsonNewYork)
KEYWORDS: prison hardtimes food
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ThompsonNewYork, p. 229, "Albany Jail" (1 short text)
NOTES: Thompson says almost nothing about this song, and his text is too short to identify with other songs, but I rather suspect it's built from a "Birmingham Jail"/"Down in the Valley" variant; it fits that tune well, if you ignore Thompson's line breaks. - RBW
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