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​Chain Gang Blues

This song is by Johnnie Temple and appears on the compilation Broke, Black & Blue (1999).

Lord, these women is the cause of me wearin' a block and chain
Yes, these women is the cause of me wearin' a block and chain
They put bad ideas in my head, I declare, and they know that crime don't pay

When I get out of this chain gang, I don't want no more woman in my home
Oh, when I get out of this chain gang, I don't want no more woman in my home
I been thinkin' about the way I was treated, I declare, and back to the chain gang I'm goin'

Oh, she knew I was in this chain gang, I didn't have one lousy dime
Yes, she knew I was in this chain gang, and I didn't have one lousy dime
Well, she had four hundred dollar, I declare, and she wouldn't even, not come and pay my fine

Lord, you say you want some money, baby, you say you wanted you a diamond ring
Yes, you say you wanted some money, you say you wanted you a diamond ring
Well, but when I got caught, baby, you declared I was a no-good man

Recorded:

September 1946; Chicago, IL