"Jailbreak" as written by and Patrick John Scott....
There was a friend of mine on murder
And the judge's gavel fell
Jury found him guilty
Gave him sixteen years in hell
He said "I ain't spending my life here
I ain't living alone
Ain't breaking no rocks on the chain gang
I'm breakin' out and headin' home

Gonna make a jailbreak
And I'm lookin' towards the sky
I'm gonna make a jailbreak
Oh, how I wish that I could fly

All in the name of liberty
All in the name of liberty
Got to be free

Jailbreak, let me out of here
Jailbreak, sixteen years
Jailbreak, had more than I can take
Jailbreak, yeah

He said he'd seen his lady being fooled with
By another man
She was down and he was up
He had a gun in his hand
Bullets started flying everywhere
And people started to scream
Big man lying on the ground
With a hole in his body
Where his life had been
But it was

All in the name of liberty
All in the name of liberty
I got to be free

Jailbreak, jailbreak
I got to break out
Out of here

Heartbeats they were racin'
Freedom he was chasin'
Spotlights, sirens, rifles firing
But he made it out
With a bullet in his back

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"Jailbreak" as written by Angus Young Ronald Belford Scott


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    General CommentThis is a good song.
    munch_49337on June 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. The pause between "he made it out" and "with a bullet in his back" is pure genius. Another all-time classic by the Thunder from Down Under.
    Keith Angus Pageon May 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI always wondered if the subject in the song died or actually escaped....another great classic AC?DC song pure Bon genius!
    michellew2kon October 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI have to agree with keithangus... I love that ...
    this is an underated bon scott masterpeice...
    as always you gotta love the guitar
    AngusRocks07on February 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think that the subject did escape "But he made it out With a bullet in his back" indicates that he did in fact "Make it out" with a souvenier.
    Captain Pyroon March 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is fucking awesome. AC/DC is one of my favority bands of all time, and this song is one of their best.
    BlindChaos670on February 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFrom what I can remember, Bon read the story in a newspaper, showed the other guys, who loved the idea of writing a song about a jailbreak, et voila. I think so at least. Great song! And the pause is indeed one of the best pauses in music history!
    crankitupon March 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentby Keith Angus Page on 05-10-2004 @ 07:51:35 PM
    Great song. The pause between "he made it out" and "with a bullet in his back" is pure genius.

    Indeed. When I used to hear this on a Seattle radio station, they would sometimes put something in that gap to make it funny. One time, it was from a Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd cartoon with them saying "the rabbit kicked the bucket".
    Mad Slanted Powerson March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnyone else ever noticed the similarites between the music on this song and the music on "Gloria' by Van Morrisson?
    Sgt.Smokeyon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNow that you mention it, I can see a similarity in the guitar riff or the rhythm.
    Mad Slanted Powerson October 27, 2006   Link

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