"Jailhouse" as written by and Peter Tosh Bob Marley....
And I won't give it up to you
And I feel love, feel love

Jailhouse gets empty
Rudy gets plenty
The baton stick gets shorter
Rudy gets taller
Can't fight against the youth
'Cause we're strong and we're rude rude people
Can't fight against the youth
'Cause we're strong and we're rude rude people

When I was a youth in 1983
Was the best day of my life, had the 89 vision
We didn't fuss or no fight
When all the little daughters wanna be my wife
It was playin' on my guitar, on my guitar

I had to be there
I had to be there
I had to be there
I had to be there

When the rhythm playin'
I know that I'm gonna be there yeah
Bud Gaugh will be singing there
And Eric Wilson will be bangin' up there, yeah
Oh and we'll be all singin', with version, with version, reggae version, reggae version, version, oh

What has been told to the wise and up-rooted
Yeah, it's gonna be revealed unto, and Sublime
Rudy Rudy Rudy
Can't fight against the youth, right now
Them are rude, rude people
Can't fight against the resistance, oh right now
Them are rude, rude people

We gonna rule this land among children
We gonna rule this land

'Cause when that rhythm it was playin' on my guitar
On my guitar

I had to be there
I had to be there
I had to be there
I had to be there

When I was a youth it was the best day
It was the best day of my life
We had the 89' vision

We didn't fuss or no fight
When all the little daughters wanna be my wife
When that rhythm it was playin' on my guitar
On my guitar

I had to be there
I had to be there
I had to be there
I had to be there
I had to be there
Had to be there

Jailhouse gets empty
Rudy gets plenty
Baton stick gets shorter
Rudy gets taller, taller
And fight against the youth
'Cause we're strong, and we're rude, rude people
Can't fight against the youth


Lyrics submitted by The Big Andowski

"Jailhouse" as written by John Holt Warren Williams

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is an old Jamaican song that Sublime covered, it's about fighting against opression and how the youth gets stronger. The later part of the song is part of an old unreleased sublime song, it's about Brad's youth and some of the good times he had.
    MetalKronicon July 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"cant fight against the youth, because were strong"
    its amazing how he comes up with remarkable lyrics
    ate_16amon March 23, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcomplete song:

    jailhouse gets empty
    rudy gets plenty
    baton stick gets shorter
    rudy gets taller
    cant fight against the youth cause we're strong
    them are rude rude people
    can't fight against the youth cause we're strong
    them are rude rude people

    long baby then
    now when i was a youth in 1983 it was the best day of my life
    had the '89 vision, we didnt fuss and no fight
    when all the little daughters wanna be my...
    like a vision it was playin on my guitar on my guitar
    i had to be there, i had to be there, i had to be there, i had to be there
    when the rhythm playin
    i know that i'm gonna be there
    oh bud gaugh will be singin there
    and eric wilson will be bangin up there
    oh and well be all singin with vesion

    what has been told to the wise and uprooted yea its gonna be revealed unto bass and sublime

    rudy rudy rudy

    can't fight against the youth
    right now them are rude rude people
    can't fight against the resistance
    oh right now
    them are rude rude people

    we gonna rule this planet among children
    we gonna rule this planet

    cuz when that rhythm
    it was playin on my guitar, on my guitar
    i had to be there i had to be there i had to be there i had to be there

    when i was a youth it was the best day
    it was the best day of my life
    had the '89 vision we didnt fuss and no fight
    when all the little daughters wanna be my...

    when that rhythm it was playin on my guitar
    i had to be there

    jailhouse gets empty
    rudy gets plenty
    baton stick gets shorter
    rudy gets taller

    cant fight against the youth
    cause were strong
    them are rude rude people
    can't fight against the youth
    bengt12on October 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOMG, no way you guys screwed up the best line in the song!! And posters keep repeating it, aaahhhh! "...it's gonna be revealed unto BABES (not bass??) and sublime" From the bible, means young people...what could "revealed unto bass" possibly mean? Come on.
    Falstaffon September 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentK guys.
    89 vision means being stoned. One of the dudes here was close MJ93, yea KRS-Ones album was a reasonable explination, but unfortunately it just means being high, which makes more sense ne ways but its chilll.
    rudy is a kid like brad, or myself. likes ska music, reggae, punk rock, weed, etc. Steve-o555 was right here that a Baton stick is a joint.
    While the joint gets shorter, because he smoked it, he gets taller, cuz he feels good and is high.
    come one people.



    come on ppl, ur not smoking enuff if you dont get it
    KaliforniaKoastKidon February 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey fucker next time you submit a song submit the whole thing... great job nut sac
    WillMartin43on July 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentchill out, i dont see you submitting any songs. plus look at how many other songs he has submitted... nut sac.
    xSUbLimE_LbCxon August 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont know why, but this has always been one of my favorite sublime songs. i used to just think nothing of it(or as little as possible for a sublime song... i still loved it), but the more you listen to it, the better it gets. i think its because he puts more and more emotion into the singing as the song goes on.
    EyeOfFatimaon March 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite songs, because it combines so many of Sublime's great qualities.

    They cover the reggae lines and they just sound right in this song. Sure they're different from the rest, but it really gives the song some amazing contrast, and combined with the beat it makes a sweet sound.

    Brad throws in some amazing lyrics of his own. I love his talk about playing his guitar like a vision. When I'm baked and playing either my guitar or bass and it starts sounding good then I can tell you he hit the nail on the head--because it really is like watching yourself play or having a vision.

    "Can't fight against the youth" is a sweet line in itself, and needs no explanation or interpretation. just sweet

    seriously, if you're not a big fan of this song, then give it a few listens. it's one of my most favorite Sublime songs
    Likwuid_Iceon September 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMakes me think of life....you know? When everything is in harmony and all the little daughters wanna be....you know? Just life, I guess. This song....it just creates something in the air.
    JosephWolfon February 13, 2006   Link

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