Between the Bars: 20 Great Songs About Prison

From Snoop's murder case to Thin Lizzy's escape and Johnny Cash's blues

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Johnny Cash, "Folsom Prison Blues"

Incredibly, a dude who'd never spent more than one night behind bars wrote one of the most authentic-sounding songs about prison in history. The Man in Black frequently performed free concerts for convicts — including at California's Folsom Prison — and penned plenty other jailhouse tunes, including "Starkville City Jail" and "San Quentin." But nearly 60 years later, "Folsom" still has the title of "best prison song" on lockdown.

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