Skid Row - Livin' on a Chain Gang Lyrics

Skid Row Slave to the Grind cover art
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Turn on the TV, 'cause I got nowhere to go
Seems that there's a little trouble down in Mexico
A 13-year-old boy robs a store so he can eat
And they got him doing time while killers walk the streets

A hungry politician is the wolf that's at the door
Hell-bent submission and feedin' on the poor
We could stare into the sun if we would open up your eyes
But we paint ourselves into a corner colored in white lies

Busted on the rockpile - getting dusted in the heat
Shackled to the system - and draggin' my feet

I'm riding on a breakdown - another whiteknuckled shakedown
Feels like I'm livin' on a chain gang
I'm riding on a breakdown - a suicidal shakedown
Feels like I'm on a chain gang

A con man's intuition can wash your sins away
Send your contribution and he'll save your soul today
What can he know, has he been through hell and back
He takes the cash and drives it home in a brand new Cadillac

Spitting at the guard dog, burning in his wicked deal
Screamin' down the railroad with no one at the wheel

I'm riding on a breakdown another whiteknuckled shakedown
Feels like I'm livin' on a chain gang
I'm riding on a breakdown a suicidal shakedown
Feels like I'm on a chain gang

Faith healin', superstition
Cold blooded criminal mind
Getting off on high position
Hey brother can you spare a dime
To get me off this slaughter line

I'm riding on a breakdown another whiteknuckled shakedown
Feels like I'm livin' on a chain gang
I'm riding on a breakdown a suicidal shakedown
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Monkey Business
  • 2 Slave to the Grind
  • 3 The Threat
  • 4 Quicksand Jesus
  • 5 Psycho Love
  • 6 Beggar's Day
  • 7 Livin' on a Chain Gang
  • 8 Creepshow
  • 9 In a Darkened Room
  • 10 Riot Act
  • 11 Mudkicker
  • 12 Wasted Time


  • Credits
    publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
    writers: David Michael Sabo, Rachel Bolan Southworth
    album: Track 7 in album Slave to the Grind
    release date: 1991-6-11
    popularity : 116 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock
    styles: Hard Rock/Glam/Heavy Metal
    length: 3:58
    producer: Michael Wagener
    mixer: Michael Wagener
    writer: Dave “The Snake” Sabo, Rachel Bolan
    Album Information
    label: Atlantic
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075678227820
    script: Latin