#SongLyricsNotToSingInJail was trending on Twitter. Derringer and Ryan weighed in on the topic for list-o-mania, and shared some of their favorite Twitter suggestions.
“Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na nanananananananananana”
Any repetitive song that might induce violent rage is best avoided. Such as Journey‘s Loving’ Touchin’ Squeezin.’ Or Hey Jude and (My angel is a) Centerfold. Or, of course, Roxanne if you sing like Eddie Murphy.
“Make Me Do Anything You Want”
“When I think about you…I Touch Myself”
“Everytime We Touch…I Get This Feeling”
“Rub a Dub Dub, Three Men in a Tub”
“I’d do Anything for Love…But I Won’t do That!
These songs by Foot in Cold Water, Hall & Oates, Cascada, The Divinyls and a certain nursery rhyme wouldn’t be good for obvious reasons. The Meat Loaf song I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) is also not a good choice. Derringer suggests it’s best not to make anyone think about what “that” is.
“Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”
Rod Stewart might have wanted an answer, but in prison you really don’t.
“When you comin’ home dad, I don’t know when…”
Cats in the Cradle by Harry Chapin is infamously depressing, about an absent father and his relationship with his son. Let’s just say all the guys in there don’t want to be reminded they’re bad fathers. If they’d just played catch with their kids they might not be in there. Derringer also lists this song as the worst song to strip to.
“Hit Me With Your Best Shot”
“Give Me All Your Lovin'”
These Pat Benetar and ZZ Top hits might invite more than you want. The “best shot” that enormous biker can take might not be as fun to experience as rocking out to some Benetar was.
Admittion of Guilt
“I Shot the Sheriff”
Bob Marley‘s message might not come through to the guards, who could report your admission and earn you a life sentence.
Anything by Insane Clown Posse
“And nobody has to stay where they put…”
According to Derringer and Ryan, any of their stuff could incite a riot. Any of it.
“I’m hot blooded, check it and see…”
EVERY lyric in this song could invite problems. But, on the other hand, grooving to Foreigner will also let people know you’re old. So, Ryan suggests “Maybe do that.”
And for the ultimate example of a character who ignored these tips, here’s the classic Eddie Murphy Roxanne scene from 48 Hours. (That other inmate was cool with it. It only seemed to annoy Nick Nolte).