Take These Chains From My Heart

Album: Hank Williams' Greatest Hits (1953)
Play Video
  • Take these chains from my heart and set me free
    You've grown cold and no longer care for me
    All my faith in you is gone but the heartaches linger on
    Take these chains from my heart and set me free

    Take these tears from my eyes and let me see
    Just a spark of the love that used to be
    If you love somebody new, let me find a new love too
    Take these chains from my heart and set me free

    Give my heart just a word of sympathy
    Be as fair to my heart as you can be
    Then, if you no longer care
    For the love that's beating there
    Take these chains from my heart and set me free

    Take these chains from my heart and set me free
    You've grown cold and no longer care for me

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 22nd 1963, Ray Charles began a three-day engagement at the Olympia Theater in Paris, France...
    While back in the U.S.A. his covered version of "Take These Chains from My Heart"* was at #8 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and that was also its peak position on the chart, it was at #8 for one week...
    It reached #7 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Hank Williams' original version peaked at #1 {for 3 weeks} on Billboard's Country & Western Singles chart on June 21st, 1953, he had passed away six months earlier on January 1st, 1953...
    * 1963 was a good year for Mr. Charles; he had seven songs on the Top 100, the other six were "Don't Set Me Free" {#20}, "The Brightest Smile in Town" {#92}, "No One" {#21}, "Without Love" {#29}, "Busted" {#4}, and "That Lucky Old Sun" {debut on Dec. 1st, but peaked at #20 on Jan. 12th, 1964}.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Lita Ford

Lita FordSongwriter Interviews

Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.

Benny Mardones

Benny MardonesSongwriter Interviews

His song "Into The Night" is one of the most-played of all time. For Benny, it took him to hell and back.

David Gray

David GraySongwriter Interviews

David Gray explains the significance of the word "Babylon," and talks about how songs are a form of active imagination, with lyrics that reveal what's inside us.

Yoko Ono

Yoko OnoSongwriter Interviews

At 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.

Danny Kortchmar

Danny KortchmarSongwriter Interviews

Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James, Tapestry, and Running On Empty. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."

Gary LeVox

Gary LeVoxSongwriter Interviews

On "Life Is A Highway," his burgeoning solo career, and the Rascal Flatts song he most connects with.