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Prison Songs

Both in the Folk and Country And Western traditions, there are songs from the prison whether it is England, Ireland, America or Transportation to Australia.

Johnny Cash has famously sung about St Quentin Jail and Folsom Prison in the prisons to the inmates but mostly they are tales of a person and a deed resulting in prison or transportation. Examples include: Fields of Athenry, Black Velvet Band and Botany Bay.

While the American tradition is more of a blues-based lament from the inside, the european is more a narrative-with-a-warning from the outside.