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Ball and Chain

Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton b.11 Dec 1926 d.25 Jul 1984 originally recorded by "Big Mama" Thornton (1968) Arhoolie Records # 1039.

Sittin' down by my window
Honey, lookin' out at the rain
Lord - Lord Lord - sittin' down by my window
A-baby, lookin' out at the rain
Somethin' came along, grabbed a hold of me
And it felt, just like a ball and chain
Honey, that's exactly what it felt like
Honey, just dragging me down.

And I say oh, whoa - whoa - whoa, now hon', tell me why
Why does every single little tiny forever thing I hold on always goes wrong ?
Yeah it all goes wrong, yeah.
And I say oh, whoa - whoa - whoa, now baby, tell me why
Well why, does ev - every thing
Hey, here you're gone the day, I wanted to love you
Honey, I just wanted to hold you, I said, for so long
Yeah! Alright! Hey!

Love's got a hold on me baby
Feels like a ball and chain
Now, love's just draggin' me down babe-yeah
Feels like a ball and chain.
I hope there's someone out there can tell me
Why the man I love wanna leave me in so much pain
Yeah, maybe - maybe you could help me, come on help me!

And I said oh, whoa - whoa - whoa, now hon' tell me why
Now tell me - tell me - tell me - tell me - tell me - tell me, Why - oh why yeah!
And I said Whoa, whoa - whoa - whoa - whoa - whoa - whoa - whoa - whoa, Whoa when I ask you
Hon I need to know why, c'mon tell me why, hey hey hey...
Here you're gone the day,
I wanted to love you, and hold you
Till the day I die.
I said Whoa! Whoa! whoa!!

And I say oh, whoa - whoa - whoa, Now honey
It ain't fair, Now daddy it ain't fair what you do
I said honey what you're doin' to me, and you know it ain't fair.
And I say whoa - whoa - whoa -whoa, now baby
It ain't fair, now - now - now, what you do
I said hon' it ain't fair what; honey it ain't fair what you do.
Oh, here you're gone the day and all I ever wanted to do
Was to love you
Honey I just know there can't be nothing wrong with that
Honey it ain't wrong, No - no - no - no - no.

Sittin' down by my window
Lookin' out at the rain.
Lord - Lord - Lord, Sittin' down by my window
Lookin' at all the rain; See the rain.
Somethin' came along, grabbed a hold of me
And it felt like a ball and chain.
Yes it did Bear
And I'm gonna tell you this one more time, yeah - yeah!

And I said oh, whoa - whoa - whoa, Now baby
This can't be, no this can't be in vain.
And I said, no - no - no - no - no - no - no - no, Whoa!
And I said Oh! Whoa! - Whoa! - Whoa! - Whoa!
Now! daddy - daddy - daddy - daddy - daddy - daddy, no - no - no - no - no - no, Not in vain
Hey, hope there's someone can tell me
Now tell me why,
Oh tell me why love, is like
Just like a ball.....
Just like a ball.....
Baaaaaaalllll
Oh daddy - daddy - daddy - daddy - daddy - daddy - daddy - daddy
And a chain.
Yeah! ¥Ç¥

As recorded at Winterland (San Francisco) on 12 and 13 April 1968 and first released on the vinyl album "Cheap Thrills" (track 3 side 2) Columbia 9700.

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