The Pretenders — Back On The Chain Gang
Album: The Singles
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Total ratings: 2005









Released: 1981
Length: 3:45
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I found a picture of you, oh oh oh oh
What hijacked my world that night
To a place in the past
We've been cast out of? oh oh oh oh
Now we're back in the fight
We're back on the train
Oh, back on the chain gang

A circumstance beyond our control, oh oh oh oh
The phone, the tv and the news of the world
Got in the house like a pigeon from hell, oh oh oh oh
Threw sand in our eyes and descended like flies
Put us back on the train
Oh, back on the chain gang

The powers that be
That force us to live like we do
Bring me to my knees
When I see what they've done to you
But I'll die as I stand here today
Knowing that deep in my heart
They'll fall to ruin one day
For making us part

I found a picture of you, oh oh oh oh
Those were the happiest days of my life
Like a break in the battle was your part, oh oh oh oh
In the wretched life of a lonely heart
Now we're back on the train
Oh, back on the chain gang
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Wonderful old tune. Thank you RP.
I don't care that it was overplayed on FM radio, it's still a great song, and I'm happy it is being played on RP!
It was over played for a very long time but now I don't think I have heard it for a very long time.  But I also hardly ever listen to over the air radio anymore.  That is why I am here.  Nice to hear again.
 aspicer wrote:
So over played for decades, I just can't hear it anymore...

 
Agreed
 aspicer wrote:
So over played for decades, I just can't hear it anymore...

 
Amen.
So over played for decades, I just can't hear it anymore...
Having been listening to RP off and on (mostly on the last few months) I gotta say this song's comments have the best Lazarus lines of all, plus some bio info; who knew he was a stripper! 
I for one really enjoyed this, reminds me of the movie "Cadence" with a very young Charlie Sheen, and the Sam Cooke  song "Chain Gang."
Sung by Chrissie Hynde also "il ballo del qua qua" could be an 8
 Proclivities wrote:

Frank Ifield?

 
I disagree, he sounded like a yodelling duck, or perhaps, loon.
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
Can anyone think of anyone else who manages to pull off a vibrato in a rock song without it sounding like some kind of strangled duck?

 
Frank Ifield?
My favorite punk princess!!!!!!       Rocksey on C!!!
                                        Top Secret Open Secret

                          In plenty people like you makes he his call.
                                          And,  so was his plan
 OceanBlue wrote:
Ahhhhh.... breathe in, breathe out.... good morning world

 
my feelings exactly, coffee and Chrissie go good together 
Ahhhhh.... breathe in, breathe out.... good morning world
 ScottishWillie wrote:
Hope you still enjoying this excellent song on whatever planet your currently inhabiting Lazarus!
 
Everybody in my galactic presidential campaigns loves this song...  we love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...  hope life is grand for you right this minute on the planet Earth, ScottishWillie...
 rascal wrote:
Bass line rocks 

 
Yes it does. I was thinking the same thing, but you beat me to it!
I never liked such a heavy chorus effect on guitar.  It's the guitar equivalent of a de-tuned honky-tonk piano.
 Lazarus wrote:

I was driving to work at a job I did not enjoy (to describe it euphemistically) when I heard this song on the car radio...  this song made me smile, and gave me a perspective that helped me endure that job as long as I had to...

soon afterwards, I became a professional stripper for drunk women, and life was grand from there on...

this song really cheered me up when I first heard it...  now it makes me smile every time I hear it...

I hope life is grand for you right now, treatment_bound... 

 
Hope you still enjoying this excellent song on whatever planet your currently inhabiting Lazarus!
Will never tire of this one. Outstanding.
Can anyone think of anyone else who manages to pull off a vibrato in a rock song without it sounding like some kind of strangled duck?