It was said to be one of the best songs he recorded before his death. Hank Williams “Take These Chains from My Heart” was a single he recorded in 1952, a few months before his tragic death. The song was written by Fred Rose and Hy Heath. Furthermore, Fred Rose produce the song of Williams.
The Different Versions of “Take These Chains from My Heart”
The song gained more recognition after Hank’s sudden death in 1953. Due to its popularity, artists from different generations made a cover of this song from 1953 to 2015. These include Kitty Wells in 1962, George Jones in 1962, Bill Anderson and Ray Charles in 1963, Conway Twitty in 1971, Dottie West in 1968, and Marty Robbins in 1968. Ray Charles version of this song entered the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 7 for a total of 8 weeks.
The Kentucky Headhunters Version
The Kentucky Headhunters is a country rock band who began their career in the 60’s. They have released nine studio album and have won five awards from 1989 to 1991. “Take These Chains from My Heart” was recorded by the band in 2006 for their album Big Boss Man. Their album is a collection of songs from various artists in the past that they covered, such as, “Chug A’Lug” by Roger Miller and “Big Boss Man” by Jimmy Reed.
All About the Song
“Take These Chains from My Heart” is a song about asking for freedom from a love that is not there anymore. It is difficult to be with a person if you know they don’t love you anymore. Pretending that things are working out even if it’s not, is exhausting. You have to end a relationship that will not benefit you anymore. Hank Williams’ song is a story of a man who is begging his lover to set him free from their toxic relationship. He knew that it’s not working anymore, and figured out that she might be in love with somebody else. Therefore instead of wasting his time with her, it’s better if he can find someone who will treat him better. It is better to set someone free if you no longer love that person because forcing a relationship that won’t work is worthless.
Listen to Kentucky Headhunters version of Hank Williams song. Whose version is better?