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The "Midnight Special" was a sign of death, if the light shone into your cell it meant you would be taken up and released to your maker, by your death. It didn't mean, except peripherally, that you would be released from the prison by the Warden! In the sense that the Warden made your life miserable, and you longed for death. It's a paean of despair, not of hope.

The Midnight Special was a train that would transport prisoners from a Houston county jail to the Texas state penitentiary in Sugarland. It would run at Midnight. Look at the lyrics; it mentions Houston.

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