30 Days in the Hole

Humble Pie

About 30 Days in the Hole

"30 Days in the Hole" is the seventh single by English rock group Humble Pie, from the band's 1972 Smokin' album. The song received moderate radio airplay at the time but failed to chart. However it gained a following on album oriented rock and classic rock radio formats and consequently it remains one of Humble Pie's best known songs. The B-side on its US release was "Sweet Peace and Time", while everywhere else the B-side featured "C'mon Everybody" and "Road Runner". The song, a Steve Marriott composition, bemoans being arrested for possession of small quantities of illegal drugs, including cocaine; Durban poison, a potent strain of marijuana; and Red Lebanese and Black Nepalese, two types of hashish. "New Castle Brown" is often mistaken as a reference to Newcastle Brown Ale but actually refers to heroin also known as "Brown" or "Smack". The song refers to Borstal - "some seeds and dust, and you got Borstal"- referring to Borstal Prison and its borstal ilk - any manner of a British juvenile gaol. (Most lyrics listings get this wrong, and say "buzzed on" or "bust on".)Pie guitarist Clem Clempson has said it is one of the tracks he would most like his career to be remembered by. But the predominant group personality shown through by the song is Marriott's; so much so that when years later Clempson was asked about efforts to reform the group without Marriott, he simply declaimed, "It's a waste of time."In the years since, "30 Days" has been recorded by several groups, most notably Gov't Mule, Mr. Big, and Kick Axe, and is a live staple of Canadian rock band The Trews. 


Year:
2001
7:01
85 
#1

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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 

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Humble Pie

Humble Pie was a rock band from England, finding success both in the UK and the US. They are remembered for songs such as "Black Coffee" "30 Days in the Hole", "I Don't Need No Doctor", and "Natural Born Bugie". The original band lineup featured Steve Marriott from The Small Faces, vocalist and guitarist Peter Frampton from The Herd, former Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley and seventeen-year-old drummer Jerry Shirley. more »

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