"54-46 That's My Number/Ball and Chain" as written by and Frederick Hibbert....
Do you believe I would take such a thing with me
And give it to a police man?
I wouldn't do that, I wouldn't do that
If I did that would you say, "sir come down and put the charge on me"?
I wouldn't do that, I wouldn't do that
I'm not a fool to hurt myself, but I was innocent to what they done to me
They were wrong, they were wrong

Give it to me, one time
Give it to me, two times
Give it to me, three times
Give it to me, four times

Oh 5446 what's my number? What's my number now?
Right now somebody else has that number
One more time 5447, what's my number? What's my number now?
Right now somebody else has that number

Say, Boops, say, one go with him up, yes
Say, Boops, say, want keep him, keep him on his back, sing!
Say, Boops, say, me want to take off her dress, huh
Say, Boops, say, I've kissed and caressed

Cause we're jillin' and we're chillin' into the club all night
We're jillin' and we're chillin' into the club all night, buds
Hearin the dogs, feeling the beat, into the dog pound
DJ, "Lord have his grilled cheese"

Some jealous punk
Snuck up around the back
Tried to take the lovin' over me
Lord I got into a fist fight
And wound up in jail all night

Ah give it to me one time (ohh yes, ooh my pussy)
Give it to me two times
Give it to me three time
Give it to me four time

People listen up don't stand to near
I've got something that you all should hear
All lies, all the lies she told to me
Make a little part of history
I was always taught that boy meets girl
Fall in love, get married and forget the world
Nine months later, the sweet baby's on the way
Kiss 'em on the cheek and life's okay
I don't feel, no pain. I don't have, no time
To listen to conflicting points of view
Oh it's a crazy world to live alone
A ball and chain I call my own

People listen up don't stand to close
I've got something that you all should know
Holy matrimony is not for me
Rather die alone in misery
I was always taught that boy meets girl
Fall in love, get married and forget the world
Nine months later, the sweet baby's on the way
Isn't that what they used to say?
With a girl that you knew,
And the bonds that we grew
Turned into a ball and chain
I step into the great unknown
On a ball and chain I call my own

Crazy world to live alone

With a girl
And the bonds that we grew
Turned into a ball and chain
Oh, I step into the great unknown
With a ball and chain I call my own

Because marriage doesn't work in the world today
It's an institution that is in decay
And if I have love I wish to portray
I will surely find another way

Because I was always taught that boy meets girl
Fall in love, get married and forget the world
Nine months later the sweet baby's on the way
Kiss 'em on the cheek and life's okay

I don't feel no pain, I don't have no time
To listen to conflicting points of view
I step into the great unknown
On a ball and chain I call my own


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"5446 Thats My Number/Ball and Chain" as written by Frederick Hibbert

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  • +1
    General Commentlbdas killed sublime, you cant just replace bradley nowell, they should have done just an instrumenal album, and dedicated it to brad...dammit i miss him, im gonna cry
    xSuBliMexon April 10, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdude, i think we should make the letters bigger in this place. i can't read it when i'm stoned.
    sweetvandalon May 08, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe "5446" part is a cover of the toots and maytals, as others have said, and, like others have also said, its about getting busted for possession.

    "ball and chain" is an original sublime part and contains some of the best lyrics brad ever wrote.

    it's virtually unknown outside of the dedicated fan base, but this is a seriously dope song. awesome lyrics, soulful vocals (like always), nice skankin' work on the guitar and the ball and chain part has such a cool bass line, and they change up the tempo - thus crescendo-ing and decrescendo-ing the energy of the song - expertly.

    i wish kroq and radio stations nationwide would take a break from playing all of sublime's hits on the radio and instead start playing gems like this. i think that a lot of people ignorantly believe that sublime is simply immature party music, because all they hear is smoke two joints or date rape or caress me down or what i got or santeria. truth be told sublime had a deep and versatile library of music, as you all probably know, and offered humorous and often touching insight into certain aspects of life. ball and chain is a perfect example.
    jbjacobson February 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkick ass song. sublime will rule forever.
    incubus421on May 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, the beat,the lyrics, hell even the porn added in is great! ...I'm not a wierdo, i just think its creative.
    X.kRystLe.Xon May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentohhh yea stick it in my pussy!! LMAO!!
    sUbL1m3 PhR34kon June 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust an amazing song overall. Definitely a contender for my favourite Sublime song. And the porn dubs are pretty sweet!
    sublimestrummeron July 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment5446 (that's my number) was originally a reggae song by Toots & the Maytals, Bradley wrote "Ball and Chain" and added it by his lonesome (just some history for ya'll).
    goatboy72on August 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBall and Chain is about marriage and family and how it ties you down, like when he says. "because marriage doesn't work in the world today
    It's an institution that is in decay
    and if I have love I wish to portray
    I will surley find another way " Sublime is amazing. Peace
    Shroomin15on August 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI will never forget when I first started listening to Sublime and this was my favorite song, i can almost cry just thinking about it (hush im really obsessed with sublime) I got my friend Joey all into sublime, and then he told me that at that part of the song he doesnt say 5446 he says 5447... i could kill him, lol i was the one who got him into it,, i shouldve known, but good thing he told me before i made my sublime website,, so now the right lyrics are up,, thanks joey..... Brad Nowell,, You have the best voice ever, I could listen to you all day long... RIP
    spicklyon August 31, 2002   Link

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