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HE HAD A LONG CHAIN ON (Jimmie Driftwood) Jimmie Driftwood - 1960 Odetta - 1962 Peter, Paul & Mary - 1963 Maxine Sellers - 1964 Tim O'Brien & The Boys - 1993 Sherwin & Pam Linton - 1996 Robert Earl Keen - 2005 One night as I lay on my pillow Moonlight as bright as the dawn I saw a man come walkin' He had a long chain on I heard his chains a-clankin' They made a mournful sound Welded around his body Draggin' along on the ground He had a long chain on He had a long chain on He had a long chain on He came and stood by my window He looked at me and he said I am so tired and hungry Give me a bite of your bread He didn't look like a robber He didn't look like a thief His voice was as soft as the moonlight A face full of sorrow and grief He had a long chain on He had a long chain on He had a long chain on I went into my kitchen Fetched him a bowl full of meat A drink and a pan of cold biscuits That's what I gave him to eat Though he was tired and hungry A bright light came over his face He bowed his head in the moonlight He said a beautiful grace He had a long chain on He had a long chain on He had a long chain on I got my hammer and chisel Offered to set him free He shook his head and said softly I guess we had best let it be When he'd finished his supper He thanked me again and again Though it's been years since I've seen him Still hear him draggin' that chain He had a long chain on He had a long chain on He had a long chain on **TRIVIA Peter, Paul & Mary recorded this song as "Long Chain On". Maxine Sellers and Robert Earl Keen recorded it as "Long Chain".

    


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