"Take 'Em Away" as written by and Christopher Fuqua....
Take 'em away, take 'em away, Lord
Take away these chains from me
My heart is broken 'cause my spirit's not free
Lord take away these chains from me

Some birds' feathers are too bright to be caged
I know I'm not that colorful but a bird just the same
Open up your gate now, let me put down my load
So I can feel at ease and go back to my home

Take 'em away, take 'em away, Lord
Take away these chains from me
My heart is broken 'cause my spirit's not free
Lord take away these chains from me

Sun beatin' down, my legs can't seem to stand
There's a boss man at a turnrow with a rifle in his hand
I've got nine children, nothin' in the pan
My wife she died hungry while I was plowin' land

Take 'em away, take 'em away, Lord
Take away these chains from me
My heart is broken 'cause my spirit's not free
Lord take away these chains from me

Can't see when I go to work, can't see when I get off
How do you expect a man not to get lost
Every year I just keep getting deeper in debt
If there's a happy day, Lord, I haven't seen one yet

Take 'em away, take 'em away, Lord
Take away these chains from me
My heart is broken 'cause my spirit's not free
Lord take away these chains from me

Land that I love is the land that I'm workin'
But it's hard to love it all the time when your back is a-hurtin'
Gettin' too old now to push this here plow
Please let me lay down so I can look at the clouds

Take 'em away, take 'em away, Lord
Take away these chains from me
My heart is broken 'cause my spirit's not free
Lord take away these chains from me

Land that I know is where two rivers collide
The Brazos the Navaho and the big blue sky
Flood plains, freight trains, watermelon vines
Of any place on God's green earth, this is where I choose to die

Take 'em away, take 'em away, Lord
Take away these chains from me
My heart is broken 'cause my spirit's not free
Lord take away these chains from me


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"Take 'Em Away" as written by Critter Fuqua

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  • +1
    General CommentOne of the cool things about this song is that it's vague enough that it could be either a poor white farmer or a black slave or sharecropper. It applies to all the beaten-down Southern workers.
    Illogical_Toasteron July 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLand that I know is where two rivers collide
    The Brazos, the Navasota and the big blue sky
    Flood plains, freight trains and watermelon vines
    If anywhere on God's green earth
    This is where I choose to die

    -So powerful makes me want to fucking head down south to the land of the pine
    TownesVZon January 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also see this as a country spiritual hybrid with a bit of protest song thrown in to boot. For me this song is special because I grew up in North Central Texas and the Brazos river is a constant mental landmark to my early years. It was a summer ritual to get beer and rent tubes to "float the Brazos" in high school. Also I did my undergrad at Texas A&M, very close to where the Brazos and Navasota rivers converge. The land there is truly beautiful. Since the dorms were strict, my friends and I have many memories in driving around the flood plains in my Jeep smoking marijuana. Just wanted to share what the song brought out of my memory. I also think it speaks to the debt cycle of farmers in a "Grapes of Wrath" "Woody Guthrie" kind of way.
    RedCaseyon May 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionYour ? in the third verse should read: Every year I just keep gettin deeper in debt

    I like how the British spelling of plow is used...seems to fit the song well.
    mnteckyon February 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorites. Another religious hymnal country hybrid. This is like Blues.
    I love the sadness of this song. If god doesn't exist. Then your wasting your time in thinking someone else will take care of your problems. a

    If anyone asks you, "You don;t look so good whats wrong?"
    Just say
    "My heart is broken 'cause my spirit's not free
    Lord, take away these chains from me"
    And they will never speak to you again because your so deep

    Jk. The chains are just responsibilities that are not of his free will.

    There's a boss man at the turn in the road
    with a rifle in his hand (If he wanted to quit his job theres a boss ready to use force at the "turn in road.
    He wants to "make a turn in road" (change his current direction)
    But unfortunately dude with rifle is right there. I think some people feel they must to do their jobs just to keep so while the rifle is too much it makes the point that we reallyfeel forced to work rather than liberated to work with passion.


    BAsically poor guy has to work his whole life in a beautiful land but can't enjoy it as much because he has no money, no wife, 9 kids and mounting debt. Add to that he's working to exhaustion

    I imagine a dude who is like 55 looks 65 (retirement)

    Possible themes: retirement, labor, American Dream gone bad (debt, no money, too many kids, wife died, work sucks)
    adoyle3on November 17, 2008   Link

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