Luke Jackson is a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who, while refusing to buckle under to authority, keeps escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because, as Dragline explains it, "You're an original, that's what you are!" Nevertheless, the camp staff actively works to crush Luke until he finally breaks. Written by
On the chain gang, they'd seen every kind of man...but Luke became a legend.
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Did You Know?
Truckloads of Spanish moss were shipped from Louisiana to the set in California to hang in the trees around the prison. See more
When boss Godfrey shoots the bird from the sky, the wire pulling it down can be seen. See more
Oh come on. Stop beatin' it. Get out there yourself. Stop feedin' off me. Get out of here. I can't breathe. Give me some air.
Referenced in Highway
Written by Huddie Ledbetter (as Leadbelly
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more