Chain of Fools

Aretha Franklin

About Chain of Fools

"Chain of Fools" is a song written by Don Covay. Aretha Franklin first released the song as a single in 1967 and subsequently it appeared on many of her albums.


Year:
1988
2:23
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Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain of fools

For five long years
I thought you were my man
But I found out
I'm just a link in your chain

You got me where you want me
I ain't nothin' but your fool
Ya treated me mean
Oh you treated me cruel

Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain of fools

Every chain, has got a weak link
I might be weak yeah
But I'll give you strength
Oh, hey

You told me to leave you alone
My father said, "Come on home"
My doctor said, "Take it easy"
Oh but your lovin' is much too strong
I'm added to your

Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain, chain, chai-i-in
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain of fools

One of these mornings
The chain is gonna break
But up until the day
I'm gonna take all I can take, oh hey

Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain, chain, chai-i-in
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain of fools

Chain, chain, chai-i-in
Chain, chain, chain
Chain, chain, chai-i-in
Chain of fools

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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist. In a recording career that has spanned over half a century, Franklin's repertoire has included gospel, jazz, blues, R&B, pop, rock and funk. more »

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Written by: Aretha Franklin, Don Covay

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13 facts about this song

Release Year
"Chain of Fools" was released in 1967, making it one of Aretha Franklin's earliest hits.
Record Label
The song was released under the famous "Atlantic Records" label.
Songwriter
"Chain of Fools" was written by Don Covay, a notable American singer and songwriter.
Grammy Award
The song won Aretha Franklin her second Grammy award for 'Best Female R&B Vocal Performance' in 1969.
Billboard Chart Performance
"Chain of Fools" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart for four consecutive weeks in 1968.
Gold Status
The single achieved gold status in 1968 for sales over 1,000,000 copies.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by numerous artists over the years, including Elvis Presley and Little Richard.
Music Genre
"Chain of Fools" is considered to be a classic example of the 'Soul' music genre.
Rolling Stone Ranking
The song was ranked number 249 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
Film Appearance
The song notably appeared in the 1990 film "Goodfellas", directed by Martin Scorsese.
Backup Singers
Notably, some of the background vocals on "Chain of Fools" were provided by Franklin's sisters, Carolyn and Erma.
Original Intention
Initially, Don Covay wrote the song as a man’s blues track, before it was altered to fit Aretha Franklin’s perspective.
Influence
The song has had a broad impact on American music and culture, influencing other artists and appearing in various movies and TV shows.

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