Heist/ crime songs

Just listened to Charlie Robisons “desperate times” great heist gone wrong song , right up there with “the road goes on forever “ I can’t really think of any popular or rock for that matter crime tunes. They’re all Americana or country .?


@reubent Thats so funny, I just put a bunch of Pavement on my playlist this week but you stumped me with this one.

@bikeboy52  - I'm not even much of a fan of Silver Jews, but I love this song. It's a hoot!

"Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" Bob Dylan

"Take the Money and Run" Steve Miller

"Folsom Prison Blues" Johnny Cash

"Hey Joe" Jimi Hendrix / Roy Buchanan

"I Shot the Sheriff" Bob Marley

"Desperado" The Eagles

"I Fought The Law", written by Sonny Curtis, the hit single and best version by The Bobby Fuller Four. The worst version of this fantastic song I've heard is that by The Clash, in which Joe Stummer brutally bludgeons the song to death.

"Long Black Veil", my favorite version being that of The Band. What other Rock ’n’ Roll band would have in 1968 recorded an old Country & Western hit by Lefty Frizzell?!

"Highway 17" by Rodney Crowell, found on his The Houston Kid album (in my opinion a perfect album).

Also on the album is one of the best songs written and recorded in the past fifty years, "Why Don’t We Talk About It" (no doubt a song Tom Petty wished had he). Another is "I Walk The Line (Revisited)", with a cameo vocal by Johnny Cash.

“Loving The Highway Man” - Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris

The Clash – “I Fought the Law”

Richard Thompson - "53 Black Lightning"

"Long Black Veil" - Johnny Cash

"Treetop Flier" - Stephen Stills

"Deportee" -  Martin Hoffman and Woody Guthrie

New Riders of the Purple Sage - "Glendale Train" & "Panama Red"


@audi-owe  - You win! "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" is one of the best songs ever written.....

Viola Lee Blues - Grateful Dead

Opportunity - Joan Armatrading

Woke Up This Morning - A3

House Burning Down - Jimi Hendrix Experience

32-20 Blues - Robert Johnson

Shotgun - Jr. Walker & the All Stars

Buddy Miles cover of Neil Young's - "Down by the River"

Ry Cooder -  "The Girls from Texas"

  Robbie McIntosh   " Good Punchline " from the LP  Emotional Bends .

He was a guitarist for Paul McCartney Good stuff

"Raised on Robbery," by Joni Mitchell (if we're including the world's "oldest profession")

"Hey Joe," by any of many


"Lincoln Park Pirates" by Steve Goodman. Funny drinking song

"Long Black Veil" by the Chieftains with Mick Jagger. You can feel the chill.

"Pancho and Lefty" by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Check out the YouTube video with a cameo of Townes Van Zandt.

"Down Into Mexico" by Delbert McClinton with a special nod for the set-up/follow-up song "One of the Fortunate Few". Ah hell, pretty much his entire catalog is outlaw or pretty close to it.

“And all we gotta do is hold up our end
Here, stuff this in your pocket
It'll look like you're carrying a friend”

See link below 

Possible songs for a Tarantino heist movie

Eileen Rodgers - Treasure of Your Love 

Lee Hazelwood - Some Velvet Morning

Boogie Joe the Grinder - Quincy Jones

The Fly - David Axelrod

Money Runner - Quincy Jones





Well if "raping the universe" is a crime then i vote for


Supertramp-Crime Of The Century

Offshore Banking Business, by The Members.

1979, UK.  Protest about tax havens.

Offshore Banking Business - The Members - YouTube


I Shot the Sheriff?

Drifter's Escape?

Percy's Song?

Since nobody has mentioned it yet:

"The Nights The Lights Went Out in Georgia."  Original by Vicki Lawrence, or the Reba cover.

U.K. - Danger Money (about the life of a hitman)

Supertramp - Crime of the Century

Steely Dan - Kid Charlemagne (about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and Owsley's illegal  LSD manufacturing in the Oakland hills getting raided)

Golden Earring -Twilight Zone 



Concrete Blonde - Scene of a Perfect Crime

Prefab Sprout - The Best Jewel Thief in the World

@yoyoyaya @leadcrew 

Then Came the Last Days of May - Blue Oyster Cult

Love that song, especially the Live version on "On Your Feet, or On Your Knees"

me and my uncle [from the grateful dead's "what a long strange trip its been" album]

Cocaine Blues, Johnny Cash or George Thorogood, but there were a lot of others.

Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday.

@reubent - absolutely - one of BOC's best songs.


Lawers, guns, and money by Warren Zevon

Breaking the Law by Judas Priest