Willie Nelson - Blackjack County Chain Lyrics

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I was sittin' beside the road in Blackjack County
Not knowing that the sheriff paid a bounty
For men like me who didn't have a penny to their names
So he locked my leg to thirty-five pounds of Blackjack County chain

All we had to eat was bread and water
Each day we had to build that road a mile and a quarter
Black sneak whip would cut our backs when some poor fool complained
But we couldn't fight back wearin' 35 pounds of Blackjack County chain

And then one night while the sheriff was a sleepin'
We all gathered round him slowly creepin'
And heaven help me to forget that night in the cold cold rain
When we beat him death with thirty-five pounds of Blackjack County chain

Now the whip marks have all healed and I am thankful
That there's nothing but a scar round my ankle
Most of all I'm glad no man will be a slave again
To a black sneak whip and thirty-five pounds of Blackjack County chain
To a black sneak whip and thirty-five pounds of Blackjack County chain
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Ashamed
  • 2 He Sits at My Table
  • 3 Tender Years
  • 4 Down to Our Last Goodbye
  • 5 Blackjack County Chain
  • 6 Did I Ever Love You
  • 7 Something to Think About
  • 8 I Don't Feel Anything
  • 9 You Ought to Hear Me Cry
  • 10 I'm Still Not Over You


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    writers: Red Lane
    album: Track 5 in album Good Ol' Country Singin'
    release date: 2000
    popularity : 39 users have visited this page.
    genres: Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Country
    length: 2:05
    Album Information
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 018111612029
    script: Latin