Scott-Heron, Gil - Chains Lyrics



The first thing that you noticed in the morning
Is that there's not a cloud in the sky
And, lord, you can't help, you can't help but remember
Your woman, oh, how she cried all night

How much longer can this go on?
You pushed me past the point of being strong

I got to get away, oh yeah, from these chains
I got to get away, yeah, away from these chains

Standing over yonder is the driver
You know he'll be there every morning, cracking the whip
Cracking the whip in his hand
And my back, my back is bent from dawn until sunset
I don't know how much more of this, more of this I can stand
Lord, every day, somebody new holding me down
Brothers and sisters, what is this hell on earth I have found?

I got to get away, got to get away from these chains
I got to get away, yeah, away from these chains
Chains, yeah
Off these chains, yeah
Pull off these chains, yeah
Off these chains, yeah
Pull off these chains, yeah





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Scott-Heron, Gil Chains Comments
  1. Jack Pea

    This song moves my spirit.

  2. ade2trey

    Is that Brian Jackson singing?

  3. Solomon Vallence-Jones

    a damn spicy bonus track

  4. Oliver Williams

    This is such a banging tune

  5. Cee Dubuyu 97

    Who the fuck selected the dislike button?

  6. Vinyl Uploads

    Black & Blues - “Chains”
    [Vocals: Victor Brown]
    [Background Vocals/Written By: Brian Jackson and Gil Scott-Heron]

    [Verse 1: Victor Brown]
    The first thing that you noticed in the morning
    Is that there’s not a cloud in the sky
    And, Lord, you can’t help, you can’t help but remember
    Your woman, oh, how she cried all night
    How much longer can this go on?
    You pushed me past the point of being strong
    I got to get away, oh yeah, from these chains
    I got to get away, yeah, away from these chains

    [Verse 2: Victor Brown]
    Standing over yonder is the driver. You know he’ll
    Be there every morning, cracking the whip
    Cracking the whip in his hand, and my
    Back, my back is bent from dawn until
    Sunset. I don’t know
    How much more of this, more of this I
    Can stand. Lord
    Every day, somebody new holding me down
    Brothers and sisters, what is this Hell on Earth I
    Have found? I got to
    Get away, got to get away from these
    Chains. I got to get
    Away, yeah, away from
    These chains
    Chains, yeah. Off these
    Chains, yeah. Pull off these
    Chains, yeah. Off these
    Chains, yeah. Pull off these
    Chains, yeah

  7. James Lee

    I'm feeling this and I can Relate to it,them chains

  8. btinsley1

    some early gil....he had not developed his signature vocal.

    impressive...

    Vinyl Uploads

    The person on vocals is (according to the iTunes album bio) Victor Brown. I still assume the Gil wrote the song and is playing one of the instruments, but I don't have much info beyond that

    E Norwood

    Vinyl Uploads I figured Gil didn't have the lead vocals on this one.... Think his actual vocals are on the 'outro'.... Meanwhile, the track is HOT handsdown!!....

  9. Kyle Broon

    anyone know who played lead guitar on this track?

    charlie younger

    Kyle Broon forget the guitar.... That bass!

  10. Dragan Markovic

    Nice work. Underrated gem...