Chain Gang

by Johnny Cash

John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003), was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is primarily remembered as a country music icon, his songs and sound spanned many other ge…




I was just a kid roamin' around travelin' through a little ol' town 
A man walked up and said come with me you're broke and son that's vagrancy 
I carefree lad that love to roam but Lord I wish I'd stayed at home 
The way it looks I'll probably hang cause there ain't no hope on a chain gang 
I dig that ditch I chop that corn I curse the day that I was born 
I believe it's better for a man to hang than to work like a dog on a chain gang 

The guard stands there with a great big gun I bet he'd love to see me run 
And I guess I probably will some day I'd rather be dead than to live this way 
He's well fed and he's six foot tall and he's a meanest of them all 
He cracks that whip and he swings that cane the sun must've touched his brain 
I dig that ditch... 

I got a gal back home that's sweet and kind and she's been waitin' a long long time 
I just told her to forget my name I won't ever live down to shame 
Lord deliver me from this hole before I lose my mind and soul 
The place gets weak and the back gets broke ain't no cause to laugh and joke 
I dig that ditch... 
Work like a dog on a chain gang work like a dog on a chain gang

Written by: HOWARD

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