"Ball and Chain" as written by Anthony Cesternino and Kyle Kelso....
Sitting down by my window
Honey, looking out at the rain
Sitting down by my window, looking out at the rain
All around that I felt it
All I can see was the rain
Something grabbed a hold of me
Feel to me, oh, like a ball and chain
Hey, you know what I mean that's exactly what it felt like
But that's way too heavy for you, you can't hold them all

And I say, oh, whoa, whoa, oh, that cannot be
Just because I got oh, your love, please
Why does every
Oh, this can't be just because I got to need you, daddy
Please don't you knock it down now, please
Here you've gone today
What I wanted to love you and I wanted to hold you, yeah, till the day I die
Yes, I did, yes, I did, yeah, hey, hey, alright

Say, whoa, whoa, whoa, honey
This can't be anything I've ever wanted from your daddy tell me now
Oh, tell me, baby
Oh, say, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, honey
This can't be, no, no, no, no, no
Yeah, yeah
I hope there's someone out there who could tell me
Tell me why just because I got to want your love
Honey, just because I got to need, need, need, need your love
I said I understand
Honey, what I'm wanna trying to say hi
Trying, try, try, try, try, try, try
Honey, everybody in the world, also same, baby
When everybody in the world what needs, seem lonely
What I wanted work for your love, daddy
What I wanted trust your love, daddy
I din't understand how come you're gone
I don't understand why half the world is still crying, man
And the other half of the world is still crying too, man
I can't get it together
I mean if you go to ? Oneday, man
I mean, so baby, you want ? Three and sixty five days, right
You ain't gonna within sixty five days, you gonna for one day, man
I tell you, that one day, man, better be your life, man
Because you know, you can stay oh man, you can cry about the other three and sixty four, man I said whoa, whoa, whoa
But you gonna lose that one day, man
That's all you got, you got to call it love, man
That's what it is, man
If you got today, you don't worry about tomorrow, man
Because you don't need it
Because the matter of the fact, as we discovered tat's rain, tomorrow never happens, man
It's all the same fucking day, man

So you gotta when you want to hold someone
You gotta hold them like it's the last minutes of your life
You gotta hold, hold, hold and I say, oh, whoa, whoa, now babe, tell me why
Hold, baby, 'cause some come on your shoulder, baby
It's gonna feel too heavy, it's gonna weigh on you why does every thing, every thing
It's gonna feel just like a ball
Oh, daddy and a chain

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"Ball and Chain" as written by Willie Mae Thornton


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    General CommentHeh! We're here, anakwill, and..
    We don't understand, how come,
    She's gone, man?

    When a beautiful creature destroys herself with drugs, and leaves us alone, we all ask deep questions.

    Janis had many ways of looking at love. Ball and Chain was one of the most pessimistic, laying out how lost love can be sooooo bad in the heart. We've all been there, even old farts like me can still get fucked-up over a woman. The band's discovery on the train,
    "There is no tomorrow, man,
    It's all the same fucking day..." blows apart the good day / bad day thing. Moments, NOW, life; do it or regret not doing it. Janis feared sleep; in case she "...missed a party, man," :
    Gurdjieff wrote, "Sleep little without regret.". This song is not about regret, it's about what we feel.
    Libraquariuson October 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhere are the rest of you people?
    This is Janis.
    This is life!
    annakwillon June 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about being in love with someone that doesnt love you and you love them so much that it drags you down.HA! I'm probably wrong.
    showerheadon May 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhere is the rest of this song? I mean what happens if it's gone? I mean what happens if half the world is still crying, when the other half is still crying too?

    Say you want to acount for 365 days.
    You aint got 365 days.
    You got it for one day man.
    That one day had better be your life!
    You can cry about the other 364,
    but you're gonna lose that one day.
    You gotta call that love.
    Thats all you got.
    You got it for one day, man.
    And it's all the same fucking day!

    What more can I say?
    annakwillon June 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was originally recorded by Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton.
    Baked_Potatoon November 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere is SOO much damn emotion in this song! especially the live version- janis is the lady robert plant! she rocks hard
    beautiful.disasteron February 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust a geat song and janis sings it soooo powerfully and emotionally
    she's the greatest woman in rock and blues 4ever : )
    madameon April 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is Big Brother & The Holding Company. It's the last track on Cheap Thrills.
    Fucking awesome song!!!
    And, technically, Robert Plant is the male Janis Joplin.
    TheStanceon June 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentanyone know if she ever recorded this in a studio? i have like 4 different versions of it all live.
    blackblackon June 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonally, my favorite the Woodstock version.

    Also, it's funny to me to think that someone ELSE compared her to Robert Plant, or Robert Plant to Janis Joplin, depending on what perspective you take.
    royharper_73on August 15, 2006   Link

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