Jailhouse Tears

Album: Little Honey (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a duet with Elvis Costello, who plays the part of a drunken degenerate felon, while Williams is his long-suffering mistress. Costello was also a last minute addition on the guitar for the Blessed album.
  • Williams revisited the bad boy from this song in her 2011 cut "Buttercup."
  • Even before its official release, Paste included this song at #5 in the top ten Country/Rock duets of all time. The Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer duet "Redemption Song" came out on top.

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