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Music by: Fred Spielman
Lyrics by: Janice Torre
Date: 1956

"I Wear a Chain" is a song sung by Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge in The Stingiest Man in Town and its animated adaptation.

Lyrics

Marley:
I wear a chain,
A heavy chain.
Is wound around my soul.
A chain of sin and vices,
That I could not control.

Repent your crime,
Repent in time.
Or you'll repent in vain.
For if you'll wait until to late,
You'll never break your chain.

Scrooge:
I recognize that fellow.
He was a friend I knew.
In life, he was successful.
What evil did he do?

Marley:
In life, he used to rob the poor
To make himself more wealthy.
Instead of tending to the sick,
He made them more unhealthy.

So now he has to suffer for
The sins that he committed.
And now he is a prisoner
Who'll never be acquitted.

Chorus:
You wear a chain

Scrooge:
I see another fellow.
He had a great career.
He used to be so lucky.
What is he doing here?

Marley:
In government, he used to be
A crooked politician.
He never did a thing to help
The working man's condition.

The stand he took on crime and vice
Was in the wrong direction.
So when he ran for paradise,
He lost a big election.

Chorus:
You wear a chain

Scrooge:
The moral of your story
Is very plain to see.
But when you preach this lesson,
Does it apply to me?

Marley:
Although my chain is very strong,
The one you wear is stronger.
My chain of wrong is very long,
But yours is even longer.

You must escape, Escape my fate,
Cast off the sins that bind you.
Or you will fine when you pass on,
You'll drag your chain behind you.

Chorus:
You wear a chain
A heavy chain.
Is wound around your soul.
A chain of sin and vices,
That you cannot control.

Marley:
Repent your crime,
Repent in time.
Or you'll repent in vain.
For if you'll wait until to late,
You'll never break your chain.

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