I'm Free From the Chain Gang Now

Johnny Cash
Language: English

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Scritta da L. Herscher e S. Klein.


La prima registrazione di questa canzone deve essere attribuita a Jimmie Rodgers, il padre della country music, morto di tubercolosi a soli 36 anni nel 1933, proprio l’anno in cui interpretò questa bellissima “I'm Free From The Chain Gang Now”.
Ma la sua versione più celebre è senz’altro quella dell’immortale e mai abbastanza compianto Johnny Cash. Si trova nell’album “The Sound of Johnny Cash” del 1962 e poi anche nel postumo “American V: A Hundred Highways” del 2006.

A proposito di “chain gangs”, si vedano anche su questo sito Another Man Done Gone, Chain Gang, Cryin' Who? Cryin' You! (Part I & II), Nine Foot Shovel, No More Chain Gang e Lost John.
I got rid of the shackles that bound me
And the guards that were always around me
There were tears on the mail mother sent me in jail
But I'm free from the chain gang now

Back home I was known and respected
Then one day I was wrongly suspected
So they put me in chains in a cold freezin' rain
But I'm free from the chain gang now

All the years I was known by a number
How I kept my mind is a wonder
And the bare prison cell that was one step from hell
But I'm free from the chain gang now

I prayed that the gossip will spare me
When I return to the one I will marry
Like a bird in a tree I got my liberty
And I'm free from the chain gang now

Contributed by Bartolomeo Pestalozzi - 2010/8/9 - 09:04

L'ultima versione della canzone resa da Cash prima di partire per le verdi praterie... con l'intero album postumo "American V: A Hundred Highways":

I'm Free From the Chain Gang Now

Bartolomeo Pestalozzi - 2010/8/9 - 09:08

... maperò preferisco quasi la versione di Rodgers a quella di Cash...

Bartolomeo Pestalozzi - 2010/8/9 - 09:15

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