Reggae Covers: The Chosen Few – Chain Gang (Sam Cooke)

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A melodic, musically tight 1975 cover of Sam Cooke’s 1960 original by Kingston, Jamaica’s The Chosen Few. It’s a fairly straightforward cover, right down to the backing vocals.

All day long they work so hard til’ the sun is going down
Working on the highways and byways and wearing, wearing a frown
You hear they moaning their lives away
Then you hear somebody say

That’s the sound of the men,
Working on the chain, ga-ang
That’s the sound of the men,
Working on the chain, gang.

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