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If You Had Me In Shackles

This song is by Chad Mitchell Trio.

This song is written by Tom Paxton, but he had never sung it. The late Mitchell Trio (Denver, Boise & Johnson) sang this song in some concerts, such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival Concert & The Bistro Inn Concert.

If you had me in shackles on a dungeon floor
Cold iron shackles and a cast-iron door
A battalion of troopers just watching me
I'd still be free

If you had me on an island in the Spanish Main
In a Spanish fortress in a jungle of rain
A squadron of cruisers just watching me
I'd still be free

Your shackles couldn't change my mind
Couldn't make me be what you want me to
Your power couldn't make me blind
The way it's blinded you

If you had me in a tower with a marble wall
One window above me, no stairs at all
If you needed a ladder just to check on me
I'd still be free

Your shackles couldn't change my mind
Couldn't make me be what you want me to
Your power couldn't make me blind
The way it's blinded you

If you had me in shackles on a dungeon floor
Cold iron shackles and a cast-iron door
A battalion of troopers just watching me
I'd still be free
I'd still be free
I'd still be free

Words and music by Tom Paxton

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