Chain Of Fools – Aretha Franklin

September 1, 2022

Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” is one of her many hit singles. The song describes a young woman who can’t muster enough strength to walk away from an unfaithful man. However, the young woman reckons that every Chain has a weak link, and one of these days, the Chain will break, setting her free. 

Aretha Franklin enjoyed a long and successful career in the music industry. Here are a few fun facts that are neat to know.

  • “Chain of Fools” was released in 1967 in the album Lady Soul.
  • The hit single topped U.S R&B charts and won a Grammy for Best Female Vocal R&B performance.
  • One hundred and twelve of Aretha Franklin’s singles reached the charts, with about 20 reaching the top spot.
  • Aretha Franklin won 18 Grammy Awards, the acclaimed Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the highly sought Pulitzer Prize.
  • Don Covay wrote the lyrics to “Chain of Fools.”

 

Lyrics 

Chain, chain, chain

(Chain, chain, chain)

Chain, chain, chain

(Chain, chain, chain)

Chain, chain, chain

(Chain, chain, chain)

Chain of fools

For five long years

I thought you were my man

But I found out

I’m just a link in your chain

Oh, you got me where you want me

I ain’t nothin’ but your fool

You treated me mean

Oh, you treated me cruel

Chain, chain, chain

(Chain, chain, chain)

Chain of fools

Every chain

Has got a weak link

I might be weak, yeah

But I’ll give you strength

Oh, hey

You told me to leave you alone

My father said, “Come on home”

My doctor said, “Take it easy”

Oh, but your lovin’ is much too strong

I’m added to your chain, chain, chain

(Chain, chain, chain)

Chain, chain, chain

(Chain, chain, chain)

Chain, chain, chain

(Chain, chain, chain)

Chain of fools

One of these mornings

The chain is gonna break

But up until the day

I’m gonna take all I can take, oh hey

Chain, chain, chain

(Chain, chain, chain)

Chain, chain, chain

(Chain, chain, chain)

Chain, chain, chain

(Chain, chain, chain)

Your chain of fools

Chain, chain, chain

Chain, chain, chain (Oh)

Chain, chain, chain

Your chain of fools, oh yeah

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