Hank Williams – Take These Chains From My Heart

In the wake of Williams' death on New Year's Day, 1953, the song shot to No. 1, his final chart-topping hit for MGM Records. Like "Your Cheatin' Heart," the song's theme of despair, so vividly articulated by Williams' typically impassioned singing, reinforced the image of Hank as a tortured, mythic figure.

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“Take These Chains from My Heart” is a song by Hank Williams. It was written by Fred Rose and Hy Heath and was recorded at Williams’ final recording session on September 23, 1952, in Nashville. The song has been widely praised; Williams’ biographer Colin Escott deems it “perhaps the best song [Rose] ever presented to Hank…It was one of the very few songs that sounded somewhat similar to a Hank Williams song.” Williams is backed by Tommy Jackson (fiddle), Don Helms (steel guitar), Chet Atkins (lead guitar), Jack Shook (rhythm guitar), and Floyd “Lightnin'” Chance (bass). In the wake of Williams’ death on New Year’s Day, 1953, the song shot to No. 1, his final chart-topping hit for MGM Records. Like “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” the song’s theme of despair, so vividly articulated by Williams’ typically impassioned singing, reinforced the image of Hank as a tortured, mythic figure.



A-side Single Hank Williams MGM 1952
A-side Single Hank Williams MGM 1952

A-side “Ramblin’ Man”
Released April 1953
Recorded September 23, 1952
Studio Castle Studio, Nashville
Genre Country, blues
Length 2:35
Label MGM
Songwriter(s) Hy Heath, Fred Rose
Producer(s) Fred Rose





Hank Williams – Take These Chains From My Heart Lyrics

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
All my faith in you is gone but the heartaches linger on
Take these chains from my heart and set me free

Single Hank Williams MGM 1952
Single Hank Williams MGM 1952
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