"I'm Free From The Chain Gang Now" as written by Louis Herscher and Saul Klein....
I got rid of the shackles that bound me and the guards that were always around me
There were tears on the mail mother sent me in jail
But I'm free from the chain gang now
Back home I was known and respected then one day I was wrongly suspected
So they put me in chains in a cold freezin' rain but I'm free from the chain gang now

All the years I was known by a number how I kept my mind is a wonder
And the bare prison cell that was one step from hell
But I'm free from the chain gang now
I prayed that the gossip will spare me when I return to the one I will marry
Like a bird in a tree I got my liberty and I'm free from the chain gang now

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"I'm Free From the Chain Gang Now" as written by Saul Klein Louis Herscher

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    General CommentI love this song. It is one of the best on the American V disc. His voice is so haunting.

    When you read the lyrics, it sounds like the prisoner was set free after being imprisoned wrongfully, but when you hear Cash singing it, it sounds like he was executed and was free in that sense.

    It is a true masterpiece, in every sense of the word. Cash's final words were some of his strongest.
    CaptainSaturationon October 09, 2006   Link

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