Ball and Chain (Elton John song)
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"Ball & Chain" is a song by Elton John with lyrics by Gary Osborne. It is the third track on his 1982 album Jump Up! and was released as a single in the United States in September that year. It features Pete Townshend of The Who on acoustic guitar.
|"Ball & Chain"|
|Single by Elton John|
|from the album Jump Up!|
|B-side||"Where Have All the Good Times Gone" (alternate version)|
|Genre||Rock, acoustic pop|
|Songwriter(s)||Elton John, Gary Osborne|
|Elton John singles chronology|
The song is basically about bad love, simply a relationship that is just not working. The singer feels that they have "a ball and chain hanging around [their] heart". Osborne also added some French words into the song.
The song opens with Pete Townshend's percussive guitar playing, and subtle piano from Elton John. The song then builds to a climactic finish, placing the final verse one octave higher.