You don’t find all that many popular songs about lawyers or the law, but here are some tunes that hit the charts:
1. Lawyers in Love – Jackson Browne. (1983) (Has never been played at a two-lawyer wedding, so far as we know).
2. Take a Letter, Maria – R.B. Greaves. (1969) (Guy dumps his cheating wife by mail, with a “copy to my lawyer…” Then he hits on his secretary Maria? Hello?)
3. The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia – Vicki Lawrence. (1973) (Full of gothic Southern melodrama, even a judge “with bloodstains on his hands”).
4. I Shot the Sheriff – Eric Clapton. (and before him, Bob Marley). (1974) (You can hear it now: “Denial of shooting the deputy isn’t much of a defense, counselor…”).
5. I Fought the Law – Bobby Fuller Four. (1965) (See “I Shot the Sheriff,” supra).
6. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Gene Pitney. (1962) (Theme for the movie that actually doesn’t appear in the film – hero had a “law book in his hand”)
7. The End of the Innocence – Don Henley. (1989) (Lawyers, of course, get paid to “dwell on small details”).
8. Mamas, Don’t Let You Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson. (1978) (Being a doctor, or a lawyer, or such, is preferable).
9. D-I-V-O-R-C-E – Tammy Wynette. (1968) (A Number 1 on country chart, includes discussion of C-U-S-T-O-D-Y).
10. She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) – Jerry Reed. (1982) (One man’s definition of equitable distribution: They “split it all down the middle,” then “give her the better half”).
BONUS. Lawyers, Guns & Money – Warren Zevon. (1978) (Apparently, these are the three things that can fix most anything: “Dad, get me out of this…”) Note: Song never actually charted, but this list would be most incomplete without it.
– Paul Fletcher