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"Chains" is a song composed by the husband-and-wife songwriting team Gerry Goffin and Carole King and originally recorded (but not released) by the Everly Brothers. In 1962 it was a hit for Little Eva's backing singers, the Cookies (#17 U. S. Pop, #7 R&B), and later covered by English rock group the Beatles.


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Chains, my baby's got me locked up in chains,
And they ain't the kind that you can see.
Whoa, it's chains of love got a hold on me. Yeah!
Chains, well I can't break away from these chains,
Can't run around 'cause I'm not free.
Whoa, these chains of love won't let me be. Yeah!
Now believe me when I tell you I think you're fine.
I'd like to hold you, but, darling, I'm imprisoned by these
Chains, my baby's got me locked up in chains,
And they ain't the kind that you can see.
Whoa, it's chains of love got a hold on me, Yeah!
I wanna tell you pretty baby, your lips look sweet.
I'd like to kiss them, But I can't break away from all these
Chains, my baby's got me locked up in chains,
And they ain't the kind that you can see.
Whoa, it's chains of love got a hold on me, Yeah!

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The Cookies

The Cookies were an American R&B girl group in the 1950s to 1960s. Members of the original lineup would later become The Raelettes, the backing vocalists for Ray Charles. more »

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Written by: Gerry Goffin, Carole King

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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5 facts about this song

The Cookies - Original Composition
The song "Chains" was originally recorded by the American girl group The Cookies in 1962. - The song was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, a prolific songwriting duo (married at the time) who wrote many hits for artists in the '60s. - The Cookies' version of "Chains" reached the number 17 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1963.
The Beatles - Cover Version
This song was covered by The Beatles and included in their second studio album "With The Beatles," released in 1963. - The Beatles' version of "Chains" featured George Harrison on lead vocals, marking it one of the few early Beatles songs where Harrison sang lead. - The Beatles often covered songs from American artists early in their career as parts of their live sets and radio performances.
Carole King - Background
Carole King began her career in songwriting in the '60s, primarily in partnership with her then-husband Gerry Goffin. - While King is famous for her solo career as a singer-songwriter, it was her songwriting contributions for other artists like The Cookies that first established her in the music industry. - Aside from writing "Chains," King and Goffin wrote several other songs for The Cookies, including "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)."
Connections & Influences
The Beatles were known to be fans of the songwriting team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin. They also covered another Goffin-King composition, "Boys." - Notably, King's music had a significant influence on multiple generations of songwriters and musicians across a broad range of genres. - Despite initially being recognized mainly as a songwriter, Carole King went on to become a successful solo artist in her own right, particularly with her iconic album, "Tapestry."
Differences Between Versions
While the original by The Cookies is more in the vein of classic '60s girl group pop, The Beatles added their signature rock and roll style to the tune in their version. - The Beatles included a harmonica part played by John Lennon, added a guitar solo, and changed the key to suit Harrison's vocal range. - Throughout the years, the song has been covered by various other artists and bands, each adding their own style and influence.

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