Who Sang These Chains? Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers Gideon cover art
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: David Ellingson, Kim Carnes
release date: 1980
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country
length: 3:23
lead vocals: Kenny Rogers
These chai-ains won't keep me from bein' a free man
I'm doin' what I can to get out of here
And these chai-ains won't keep me from seein' my freedom
I'm changin' my name and startin' over agai-ain

I was a foo-ool for a good lookin' woman
Till I found out the hard way there was some other man
Now what else could I do, how could anyone blame me
He was standin' there smilin' with a gun in his ha-and


She had a known reputation but I paid no attention
With love and affection, can make anything right
The judge had no mercy for my infatuation
He said killin's a sin boy, you gotta pay-ay the price


Down the hall there's a window, you can barely fit through it
And deep in the night I see the lights of town
And it started me thinkin' 'bout a mystical ladder
That's as high as these walls and I'm climbin' it rung by-why are you-ung

[Chorus x2]

  • 1 Goin' Home to Rock
  • 2 Gideon Tanner
  • 3 No Good Texas Rounder
  • 4 Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer
  • 5 The Buckeroos
  • 6 You Were a Good Friend
  • 7 Call Me Up (The Phone Is in the Cradle)
  • 8 These Chains
  • 9 Somebody Help Me
  • 10 One Place in the Night
  • 11 Sayin' Goodbye
  • 12 Goin' Home to Rock (reprise)