calaboose,” as in:
“Riding along in my calaboose. Still trying to get her belt unloose.”
The online dictionaries say it’s a southern or creole term for jail. I wasn’t completely satisfied so I went and looked at the big old dictionary my mother left me, and it says pretty much the same thing, a slang term for jail or prison, from the Spanish “calabozo” for “dungeon.”
Lots of you probably knew that. Chuck Berry obviously did.
Poets are like that—collecting interesting words and filing them away until they become ripe enough to express some powerful sentiment.