"Ball And Chain" as written by and Wilson/brooks/ ...
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 That's My Number/Ball and Chain" as written by Frederick Hibbert

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    General Commenti think this song is talking about not being in a relationship. using a 'ball and chain' to symbolize what happens. how in a relationship with someone else you are always tied down by something or another. Also, about how they always lie to you when you are younger, saying that once you get married, and have kids its all fine. I dont know, thats just what i think.
    imnotarockstaron April 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about today's society, how people sleep with people they don't know well, or even at all, when he was taught to marry, and have kids with someone you know.

    "Because I was always taught boy meets girl,
    Fall in love get married and forget the world
    Nine months later, thus sweet baby's on the way
    Isn't that what they used to say? "
    Maekrixon June 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'IHateMidgets' you have obviously been misinformed, the 'Ball and Chain' portion of the song is not a Vandals cover. It's the other way around, The Vandals cover Sublime. 'Ball and Chain' is originally a Sublime song, in other words.
    Krazyfool88on April 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is an easy one...Bradley and friends are explaining how a wife and kids hold them down and prevent them from living the life they once lived

    "I step into the great unknown, on a ball and chain i call my own"-represents the "new life" he has with a wife and kids and he must leave his old life behind

    "Holy matrimony is not for me,
    I'd rather die alone in misery"- Bradley is saying that he would rather DIE ALONE than have a wife and kids...definetly aint-marriage, not homophobic


    ripbradleynowell1996on February 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's pretty obvious that this song is about Brad Nowell proclaiming that he doesn't want to be "tied down" to a marriage commitment, that he'd rather be free, and that he feels that marriage isn't necessary in modern society, given that people freely have sex and even kids without marriage (whereas back in the day, it was "first comes marriage").

    However, I find that the whole premise of this song is hypocritical, given that Brad Nowell indeed ended up getting married before he died. He was still in his 20s too (28), the average age that males marry, so it wasn't even like he waited a long time to finally settle down. I think Brad's contradiction is very typical and representative of most guys today. Most dudes will claim that they don't want to think about marriage and they only want to "have fun" and f**k around but "nothing serious". But then right after they reject you, *WHAM!*--they meet a girl that they quickly fall "so in love with" and they end up hitched. In fact, I've had it happen with so many exes and former guy friends of mine, that I honestly feel like the reverse gender version of Chuck in the rom com movie Good Luck Chuck. I do. I think a lot of guys claim they don't want marriage as a lame excuse for not being that into a girl, and thus not wanting to give her a relationship or anything that would show that they take her seriously. I think most guys are like Brad Nowell in that sense. In my opinion, that's what's really wrong "with the world today," in terms of romance/social aspects.
    hatincelibacyon March 26, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the best Sublime songs! I'm suprised no ones commented on it yet!
    Haha the lyrics are kind of self explainitory, and oh so true.
    Lynndrylynnon November 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, and it was my favorite for a really long time
    This song is kickass, and IDK what the hell it means! Just listen to it!!

    -anna
    thewrongwayon November 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song has nothing to do with homophobia.

    by the way, these are the lyrics to 5446/Ball and Chain, not Ball and Chain, which is on Sinsemilla.
    BlackLungFeveron March 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah.....this is a good song lol Im not sure wtf it means either BUT i love it! haha
    crazy_cool253on May 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'd say that him saying, "I was always taught boy meets girl,
    Fall in love get married and forget the world
    Nine months later, thu*(the pornonced thu) sweet baby's on the way
    is just stating the common thing that most of us are always taught, stating this was just to prove a point that relationships aren't as perfect as we are lead to believe, not that that is the only kind of relationship there should be. Listen to the rest of the lyrics
    With a girl that you knew
    And the bonds that we grew
    Turned into a ball and chain
    it just turns into something different then what we are taught, not homophobia
    waiting4myrucaon May 10, 2006   Link

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