is a song by Thin Lizzy
that originally appeared as the title track on their 1976 album Jailbreak
. Along with "The Boys Are Back in Town
", it is one of their most popular songs, and is a classic rock radio staple, receiving steady airplay.
It is typical of the band's music, with the dual lead guitar harmony and Brian Robertson
´s peculiar use of the wah-wah pedal. Phil Lynott
's lyrics about a prison break are the typical personification of the "tough guys", also seen in "The Boys Are Back in Town" and the regular concert closer and fan favourite "The Rocker
". An alternate version of the song appeared on the bonus disc of the 2011 remastered deluxe edition of the Jailbreak
album, featuring a short spoken introduction and additional guitar parts throughout.
Use in media
In December 2008, the song was named the 73<sup>rd</sup> best hard rock song of all time by VH1
"Jailbreak" is used in the films Detroit Rock City
and Joe Dirt
, and was also used in the Veronica Mars
episode "Ahoy, Mateys!
" and on the MTV show Jackass
, an edited version was featured in a TV commercial
for Miller Lite
beer as well as The Show
"Jailbreak" is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV
on the radio station Liberty Rock Radio 97.8
On February 3, 2009, a live version of the song (from the Still Dangerous
live album) was released as download content for the Rock......