A Week in a Country Jail

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"A Week in a Country Jail"
Single by Tom T. Hall
from the album Homecoming
B-side "Flat Footin'-It"
Released November 24, 1969
Genre Country
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Tom T. Hall
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
Tom T. Hall singles chronology
"A Week in a Country Jail"
"Shoeshine Man"

"A Week in a Country Jail" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Tom T. Hall. It was released in November 1969 as the third and final single from his 1969 studio album Homecoming. The song was Hall's fifth release to reach the U.S. country singles chart and the first of six number-ones. "A Week in a Country Jail" stayed at the top for two weeks and spent a total of thirteen weeks on the chart.[1]


The song begins with the protagonist being arrested for speeding. He spends the night in a jail cell, being served hot bologna, eggs and gravy and, during his prolonged stay, becomes interested in the jailer's wife. After seven days, the inmate is finally lectured on traffic laws by the judge who takes "every nickel he had" and releases him.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1969–1970) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 32


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 149. 

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Preceded by
"Baby, Baby (I Know You're a Lady)"
by David Houston
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

January 31-February 7, 1970
Succeeded by
"It's Just a Matter of Time"
by Sonny James