Humble Pie - "30 Days In The Hole"




Written by Humble Pie lead singer Steve Marriott, this song is about getting busted for drugs and getting sent to jail. Marriott got the idea after playing a show in Kentucky, where he learned that getting caught with drugs earned you 30 days in jail. He was also thinking about a friend of the band's who had been sent to jail for having a joint.


Marriott was making the point that drugs were a part of culture (just as alcohol was a generation earlier) and there was nothing wrong with it. In many ways, the song is a call for legalization.

Marriott has said that inspiration for the title came from a Humphrey Bogart/James Cagney movie he saw on TV, where Bogart plays a prisoner who gets sent to "30 days in the hole."


Marriott may have been referring to the 1938 movie Angels With Dirty Faces, although that line is never uttered in the film. It's also possible that the film was Somebody Up There Likes Me, a 1956 movie where Paul Newman is threatened with the "30 days in the hole."

This wasn't released as a single in the group's native UK. It was only released in the US a year after the album came out, and it didn't chart.

Dave Clempson, formerly of Colosseum, had recently joined the band as guitarist. This was one of the first Humble Pie songs he contributed to.

There are several drug and alcohol references in this song: "Red Lebanese" and "Black Napalese" are forms of hash, and Newcastle Brown is a kind of ale.






Lyrics



All right all right all right all right, yeah


Chicago Green, talkin' 'bout Black Lebanese  A dirty room and a silver coke spoon  Give me my release, come on  Black Nepalese, it's got you weak in your knees  Sneeze some dust that you got buzzed on  You know it's hard to believe


30 days in the hole  30 days in the hole  30 days in the hole  That's what they give you  30 days in the hole  I know


Newcastle Brown, I'm tellin' you, it can sure smack you down  Take a greasy whore and a rollin' dance floor  It's got your head spinnin' round  If you live on the road, well there's a new highway code  You take the urban noise with some dirt with poison  It's gonna lessen your load


30 days in the hole  That's what they give you now  30 days in the hole  Oh, yeah  30 days in the hole  All right, all right  30 days in the hole


What you doin' boy?  You here for 30 days  Get, get, get your long hair cut  And cut out your ways


Black Nepalese, it got you weak in your knees  Gonna sneeze some dust that you got busted on  You know it's so hard to please  Newcastle Brown can sure smack you down  You take a greasy whore and a rollin' dance floor  You know you're jailhouse-bound


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Songwriters: Steve Marriott

30 Days in the Hole lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group