Album: '74 Jailbreak (1984)
  • 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 livin' alone
    Ain't breakin' no rocks on the chain gang
    I'm breakin' out and heading home"
    Gonna make a (jailbreak)
    And I'm looking 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

    Let me outta here
    Sixteen years
    Had more than I can take


    He said he'd seen his lady being fooled with
    By another man
    She was down and he was up
    Had a gun in his hand
    Bullets started flying everywhere
    People start to scream
    Big man lyin' 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

    I got to break out
    Out of here

    They were racing
    He was chasin'
    Rifles firing
    But he made it out

    With a bullet in his back

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Comments: 24

  • Noah Lyons from Columbus Indiana This is that absolute worst song for a lead guitarist. Angus never plays the main riff. In live performances they had to change it so he comes in after the “16 years in hell” so that people wouldn’t think he was having problems with his guitar
  • Jim from Thunder Bay, OnSong is awesome!! Video is hands down best vid of all time!
  • Wally from Sydney, BotswanaRumour has it , that when ACDC were first wrting/rehearsing this song in the studio, they had to stop, as they realised they were playing "Gloria"
  • David from Knoxville, TnI wish they'd have recorded it with Mutt Lange.
  • Ken from Boston, MaDo you notice that Bon (RIP) and Phil Rudd have the same denim shirt on ? is this supposed to be standard issue ?
  • Dave from Crazy Water, Texas, TxThis link will take you to simply the greatest video of this song in existence.

  • Vicky from Melbourne, AustraliaI have to say... what a pile of cr*p! How can the song be about Mark Read? If the song was written in '74 and Mark was first imprisoned around '74, and it was about his break out attempt three years later, was Bon Scott a psychic? Whatever.
    AC/DC rocks, but Thunderstruck is the best song, with this a close second!
  • Selina from Perth, AustraliaYeah, greatest pause...............................................................................and if you listen close enough you can hear Bon drinking in the background...ask Angus!
  • Raymond from Winnipeg, CanadaThis is a song that I loved playing over and over. I agree with Derek... greatest pause ever! And Bon rips at the "With a bullet in his back" line... sends chills down my spine
  • Derek from Sarnia, Canadathis song definitely has the greatest pause in rock history
    "But he made it out.....with a bullet in his back!"

    gotta love it
  • Lutan from Macedon Ranges, AustraliaThe Australian Aborginial band, Yothu Yindi, did an amazing cover of this song on an AC/DC tribute album. The use of the didgeridoo (spelling?) is simply amazing and really sets the mood for the song.

    Haven't been able to find a copy of the song since hearing it on the radio many years ago...
  • Scott from Brisbane, Australia'74 Jailbreak was not compiled until the 80's, the other songs were taken from their Australian debut album "High Voltage", but "Jailbreak" was recorded for 1976's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" album. One of the local radio stations recently aired a live gig from around this time, opening with "Jailbreak"... what a cranking rhytym section!!
  • Spence from Smithfield, VaActually, it was recorded and realised in Australia in 1974, while realised in the U.S. in 1984 due to popular demand. Great song, definitly my favorite AC/DC one!
  • Jujee from Marquette, MiGotta love this one!!!
  • Snake from Custer , Sd'74 Jailbreak not Jailbreak '74
  • Oscar from Stockholm, Swedenum, the album was not released in 1984.It was released in 1974. Therefor the name of the album "Jailbreak '74"
  • Paul from Sunnyvale, CaThis song sounds very much like "Gloria" by van morrison. Anyone else notice that.
  • Mleissa from Wasaga Beach, Canadaya it is a friggin awesome jam song lol
  • Sanford from Garland, TxIts a very cool song I thnk the album kicks ass!!!
  • Paulo from India, United StatesMy favorite Bon Scott song.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiagive it a while Joshy boy, give it a while
  • David Corino from Hawley, Panot the only one....great jam song
  • Chris from London, EnglandIT F***ING ROCKS!!! ALL AC/DC SONGS DO!
  • Josh from Las Vegas, Nvthis song is ncredible and I can't belieive I'm the only commentor
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