Chain Gang Lyrics

Sam Cooke


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Alfred
writers: Sam Cooke
album: Track 6 in album Swing Low
release date: 1960
popularity : 7 users have visited this page.
genres: Blues
length: 2:37
composer: Sam Cooke
lyricist: Sam Cooke

Cover Art

Sam Cooke Swing Low cover art
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(Hooh aah) (hooh aah)
I hear somethin' sayin'

(Hooh aah) (hooh aah)
(Hooh aah) (hooh aah)

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

All day long they're singin'
(Hooh aah) (hooh aah)
(Hooh aah) (hooh aah)

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

All day long they work so hard
Till the sun is goin' down
Working on the highways and byways
And wearing, wearing a frown
You hear them moanin' their lives away
Then you hear somebody sa-ay

That's the sound of the men working on the chain ga-a-ang
That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang

Can't ya hear them singin'
Mm, I'm goin' home one of these days
I'm goin' home see my woman
Whom I love so dear
But meanwhile I got to work right he-ere

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

All day long they're singin', mm
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my work is so hard
Give me water, I'm thirsty

My, my work is so hard
Oh my, my, my, my, my, my work is so hard


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • 2 I’m Just a Country Boy
  • 3 They Call the Wind Marīa
  • 4 Twilight on the Trail
  • 5 If I Had You
  • 6 Chain Gang
  • 7 Grandfather’s Clock
  • 8 Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
  • 9 Long, Long Ago
  • 10 Pray
  • 11 You Belong to Me
  • 12 Goin’ Home