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).

 
LVL 17
Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

aherpsCommented:
The Hostage - Tom Paxton:

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

It recounts the 1971 uprising at Attica State Prison
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
aherpsCommented:
and about the uprising at Attica: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attica_Prison_riots
0
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.
 
0
aherpsCommented:
It was covered by Judy Collins.
0
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.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Miscellaneous

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.