Back On The Chain Gang (single)

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Name Back On The Chain Gang
Release 23 November 2018
Total Length 3:49
Recorded Spring 2018
Writer/composer Chrissie Hynde
Producer Joe Chiccarelli
Art work Cover star: Germaine Greer
Vinyl Etching No matrix message
Publisher Étienne / BMG
Format(s) 7" Clear Vinyl
Chart position UK Vinyl Chart #1
Single chronology
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Back On The Chain Gang

Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [Étienne ‎– 538438461]

  1. Back On The Chain Gang – 3:49 (Hynde)
  2. I Didn't Know What To Do (live) – 1:54 (O' Sullivan)


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

Music Video


Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 78

Morrissey live history:

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Discogs Information


  • Other [Sleeve Image] - Germaine Greer
  • Performer - Jesse Tobias
  • Performer - Matt Walker
  • Performer - Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
  • Performer - Solomon Walker


Issued in a side opening card sleeve. The interior section of the disc holding pocket is printed red, colour co-ordinating with the sleeve text. Silver hype sticker applied directly.

Side A recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, side B recorded Live in Dublin, Ireland.


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Wikipedia Information


"Back on the Chain Gang" is a song written by Chrissie Hynde and originally recorded by her band the Pretenders, and released as a single by Sire Records in September 1982. The song also was released on The King of Comedy soundtrack album in March 1983 and later was included on the Pretenders' next album, Learning to Crawl, in January 1984. "Back on the Chain Gang" entered the Billboard charts in early October 1982, then reached No. 5 on the Hot 100, becoming the band's biggest hit in the U.S. It also got as high as No. 4 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart. The single's flip side, "My City Was Gone", later became a substantial hit in the U.S., with lyrics about Ohio.

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