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Ball and Chain (Thornton, Thornton)

Sittin' down by my window,
Honey, lookin' out at the rain.
Oh, Lord, Lord, sittin' down by my window,
Baby, lookin' out at the rain.
Somethin' came along, grabbed a hold of me, honey,
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, now hon', tell me why,
Why does every single little tiny thing I hold on to go wrong?
Yeah it goes wrong, yeah.
And I say, oh, whoa, whoa, now babe, tell me why,
Does every thing, every thing.
Hey, here you gone today, I wanted to love you,
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, baby,
Feels like a ball and chain.
I hope there's someone out there who could 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 say, oh, whoa, whoa, now hon', tell me why,
Now tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me why, yeah.
And I say, oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, when I ask you,
When I need to know why, c'mon tell me why, hey hey hey,
Here you've gone today,
I wanted to love you and hold you
Till the day I die.
I said whoa, whoa, whoa!! 

And I say oh, whoa, whoa, no honey
It ain't fair, daddy it ain't fair what you do,
I see what you're doin' to me and you know it ain't fair.
And I say oh, whoa whoa now baby
It ain't fair, now, now, now, what you do
I said hon' it ain't fair what, hon' it ain't fair what you do.
Oh, here you gone today and all I ever wanted to do
Was to love you
Honey you can still hear me rock and roll the best,
Only it ain't roll, no, no, no, no, no. 

Sittin' down by my window,
Lookin' out at the rain.
Lord, Lord, Lord, sittin' down by my window,
Lookin' out at the rain, see the rain.
Somethin' came along, grabbed a hold of me,
And it felt like a ball and chain.
Oh this can't be in vain
And I'm gonna tell you one more time, yeah, yeah! 

And I say oh, whoa whoa, now baby
This can't be, no this can't be in vain,
And I say no no no no no no no no, whoa,
And I say whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Now now now now now now now now now no no not in vain
Hey, hope there is someone that could tell me
Hon', 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.




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Appears on the Albums:

Cheap Thrills
1968




In Concert
1972




Greatest Hits
1973




18 Essential Songs
1995




Live At Winterland '68
1998




Box Of Pearls
1999




The Essential Janis Joplin
2008




The Woodstock Experience
2009




Live at the Carousel Ballroom '68
2012




Classic LP Collection
2012