Comment: "I've been working on the chain gang" ~ Sam Cooke, 1960

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"I've been working on the chain gang" ~ Sam Cooke, 1960


http://youtu.be/PRyDlVOE86U Thirty-five men volunteered for the eight positions on the chain gang.

[Sheriff] Ivey said the county had no additional costs to put the program in place compared to the cost of unchained work crews. The inmates wear black and white striped uniforms, which differ from clothing worn by other inmates on work crews.

Ivey said he chose the outfits because they're consistent with a common, historical image of inmates on chain gangs.

Chain Gang
Sam Cooke
G Em
(ooh! aah!) (x2)

I hear somethin' saying
G Em C D
(ooh! aah! ooh! aah!) (x2)

G
(Well, don't you know)
C G Em G
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang
C D G
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang

All day long they're singing

G Em C D
(ooh! aah! ooh! aah!) (x2)

(Well, don't you know)
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang

G Em
All day long they work so hard
C D
'till the sun is going down
G Em
Working on the highway and byways
C D
and wearing, wearing a frown
G Em
You hear them moaning their lives away
C D
Then you hear somebody say
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang

Can't you hear them saying
G Em C
Mm, I'm going home one of these days
D G
I'm going home see my woman
Em
Whom I love so dear
C D
But meanwhile I got to work right here

(Well, don't you know)
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang

All day long they're singing
G Em C D
my, my, my, my, my, my, my work is so hard
G Em
Give me water, I'm thirsty
C D
My work is so hard

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