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I'm Free (from the Chain Gang Now), song lyrics

Song: I'm Free (from the Chain Gang Now)
Lyrics: Lou Herscher(1)

Music: Saul Klein(2)
Year: 1933(3)
Genre: Country
Country: USA


I got rid of the shackles that bound me,
And the guards that were always around me,
Like a bird in a tree,
I got my liberty,
And I'm free from the chain gang now.

Long ago I was known and respected,
Then one day I was falsely suspected,
And they put me in chains,
Working out in the rain,
But I'm free from the chain gang now.
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I know my mother's poor heart was broken,
'Cause she knew an untruth was spoken,
There were tears on the mail,
That she sent me in jail,
But I'm free from the chain gang now.

All the years I was known by a number,
Were just years that I spent without slumber,
After long years of shame,
I had won back my name,
And I'm free from the chain gang now.

Now I'm going back home to another,
She's my sweetheart waiting with mother,
And I'll dry all the tears,
That's been shedding for years,
'Cause I'm free from the chain gang now.


Notes:

1 - Lou Herscher, (1894-1974), from IMDb

2 - Sorry, we have no information on Saul Klein. If you do have information to pass along about him please email us. Thank you.

3 - Sung by Jimmie Rodgers, Victor Records #23830, recorded May 17, 1933.