Back on the Chain Gang

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About Back on the Chain Gang

"Back on the Chain Gang" is a song written by Chrissie Hynde and originally recorded by her band the Pretenders, and released as a single by Sire Records in September 1982. The song also was released on The King of Comedy soundtrack album in March 1983 and later was included on the Pretenders' next album, Learning to Crawl, in January 1984. "Back on the Chain Gang" entered the Billboard charts in early October 1982, then reached no. 5 on the Hot 100, becoming the band's biggest hit in the U. S. It also got as high as no. 4 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and no. 17 on the UK Singles Chart. The single's flip side, "My City Was Gone", later became a substantial hit in the U. S., with lyrics about Ohio. 


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I FOUND A PICTURE OF YOU, OH OH OH OH 
WHAT HIJACKED MY WORLD THAT NIGHT 
TO A PLACE IN THE PAST 
WE'VE BEEN CAST OUT OF? OH OH OH OH 
NOW WE'RE BACK IN THE FIGHT 
WE'RE BACK ON THE TRAIN 
OH, BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG

A CIRCUMSTANCE BEYOND OUR CONTROL, OH OH OH OH 
THE PHONE, THE TV AND THE NEWS OF THE WORLD 
GOT IN THE HOUSE LIKE A PIGEON FROM HELL, OH OH OH OH 
THREW SAND IN OUR EYES AND DESCENDED LIKE FLIES 
PUT US BACK ON THE TRAIN 
OH, BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG

THE POWERS THAT BE 
THAT FORCE US TO LIVE LIKE WE DO 
BRING ME TO MY KNEES 
WHEN I SEE WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO YOU 
BUT I'LL DIE AS I STAND HERE TODAY 
KNOWING THAT DEEP IN MY HEART 
THEY'LL FALL TO RUIN ONE DAY 
FOR MAKING US PART

I FOUND A PICTURE OF YOU, OH OH OH OH 
THOSE WERE THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF MY LIFE 
LIKE A BREAK IN THE BATTLE WAS YOUR PART, OH OH OH OH 
IN THE WRETCHED LIFE OF A LONELY HEART 
NOW WE'RE BACK ON THE TRAIN 
OH, BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG 

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Pretenders

The Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in Hereford, England in March 1978. The original band comprised initiator and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), Pete Farndon (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Martin Chambers (drums, backing vocals, percussion). The band has experienced drug-related deaths of the members, and numerous subsequent personnel changes have taken place over the years, with Hynde and Chambers as the remaining original members. more »

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Written by: Christine Hynde

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