The phrase "San Quentin Quail" refers to getting sent up for violating California's law protecting minors. At least one country and western song and a 1940's R&B song dealt with the subject and even used the phrase for the title. Duke Henderson had the R&B song on United Artists and on Excelsior, while Carl Knight had his country record come out of the Dearborn label from the Detroit are. There is another country artist who I think covere Carl's song.
by Brian Page August 21, 2006