Consider for example Rod Stewart's Maggie May. Its the classic story of an older woman and a (much) younger man, but just how much younger? According to Rod, the encounter that inspired the song took place when he was 16, which could get that adult party arrested these days.
Of course its an old folk tradition to make heroes of outlaws, like Pretty Boy Floyd and Jesse James. Here's a little classic I remember from my very early youth.
The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde--Georgie Fame
and the Blue Flames
A friend suggested this song, which was a big hit when I was in high school. There is certainly a lot of lawbreaking going on:
The Night Chicago Died--Paper Lace
Then there are the guys who are already doing jail time, of which there are a lot. I had a hard time deciding between this and Jail House Rock, but couldn't resist the fact that this one was recorded on site?
Johnny Cash--Folsom Prison Blues
And of course some guys never get back from jail. When I was a kid I just loved this song.
Green Green Grass of Home--Johnny Cash
So that's it for this week. To check out other songs in the Mix Tape click here.