Monday, October 22, 2007

Is About: Jailhouse Rock

The Tarantino clips that I posted got me thinking that it would be fun to do a recurring series on the topic of "Is About" and explore the true meanings of movies, songs, works of art etc. (For the other posts in this series click "is about" at the bottom of this post)

Here is one that people always respond incredulously when I lay it on them.

Jailhouse Rock is about Homosexuality (in the prison context it is often refered to as adaptive sexuality).

First of all it is important to not that Rock n' Roll is slang for having sex.



I will let the lyrics for the song speak for the rest.

JAILHOUSE ROCK
(words & music by jerry leiber - mike stoller)
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 shouldve heard those knocked out jailbirds sing.
Lets rock, everybody, lets 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.
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.

Number forty-seven said to number three:
Youre the cutest jailbird I ever did see.
I sure would be delighted with your company,
Come on and do the jailhouse rock with me.

Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.

The sad sack was a sittin on a block of stone
Way over in the corner weepin all alone.
The warden said, hey, buddy, dont you be no square.
If you cant find a partner use a wooden chair.
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.

Shifty henry said to bugs, for heavens sake,
No ones lookin, nows 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.
Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin to the jailhouse rock.

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