Humble Pie – 30 Days in the Hole

This is personally my favorite song by Humble Pie. The group was never as big as it could have been. At one point they had Peter Frampton and Steve Marriott in the band together but never had the song that put them over the hump. They were a successful touring band but never really broke big. This song never charted but did get some FM play.

Steve had left the Small Faces and started Humble Pie with Peter Frampton.

From Songfacts.

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 the 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.”

30 Days in the Hole

Roll my tape 
Ooh, ooh, ooh 

Thirty days,
Anyone doin’ that one? 
I’m doin’ that one 

30 days in the hole 
30 days in the hole 
30 days in the hole 

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 

30 days in the hole 
30 days in the hole 
30 days in the hole 
Oh, yeah 
30 days in the hole 
30 days, 30 days in the hole 
30 days in the hole 
30 days in the hole 
30 days in the hole 
30 days in the hole 
30 days in the hole 
30 days in the hole 
30 days in the hole 
30 days in the hole

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

4 thoughts on “Humble Pie – 30 Days in the Hole”

  1. sort of Led Zep’s or Pink floyd’s less successful cousins… by that I mean, I remember seeing their LPs in stores and even on weekly top 10 charts back in early-mid-70s but never heard anything by them then… sold OK without any hit singles

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