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What IS that song?

I found it on a cassette tape I put together about 25 years ago (so the song is older than that) that I was playing in my car this morning.
Woman singer, mainly accoustic with bongo drums backing.
It describes a 'hostage situation' (doesn't use that phrase) and is sung supposedly by the prison guard.
A few phrases I can remember from it:
Starts with:  "I'm a guard in a **** prison, or at least I was till now, it was damn hard work and you wouldn't believe the pay'
Later on: "I turned to my buddy named Willy, said Willy it'll be alright ********** they'll open up a prison cell"
They all get killed in the end as "The Governer" sends in the troops in a botched rescue attempt.

I want the song title, the lyric, the singer, and if the song is based on a real life incident.

Anyone recognise it? I can get some more of the lyric later on my way home. (might be Greyhound prison, but google couldn't find it for me).

 
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aherpsCommented:
The Hostage - Tom Paxton:

Lyrics: http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/94155/

It recounts the 1971 uprising at Attica State Prison
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aherpsCommented:
and about the uprising at Attica: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attica_Prison_riots
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndAuthor Commented:
That's the song!
Tom doesn't sound a very girly sort of name though, any idea of a female singer who covered it?
I'm trying to work out where I would have recorded it from, it could be from a compilation album but not necessarily.
 
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aherpsCommented:
It was covered by Judy Collins.
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndAuthor Commented:
Brilliant! and fast too.

I'm sure it was Judy Collins, I recognise the name, all I need to do now is work out what I am doing with a Judy Collins song and which of my records it's on -  you probably can't help with that :7)

Thanks for such a speedy reply.
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