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  Season 7: Episode 17







81q: Johnny Cash / Elton John

Elton John performs "Ball and Chain"

.....Johnny Cash
.....Elton John

[FADE IN on Johnny Cash at home base, where he stands bedecked in classic Elton John attire: a huge gold robe, a pink feather boa reaching to the floor, blinding gold chains on his chest, and outsized glasses with pink feathers sticking out of the lenses. Audience hoots in approval.]

Johnny Cash: [grinning and waving his arms] Workin' with our special guest... [applause] Working with our special guest has been a big thrill for me. He's a wonderful entertainer, and you can't work with a guy like Elton John without having his showmanship and flash rub off on ya--so... Elton, I hope ya don't mind, but I took the liberty of, uh, borrowin' these threads, and ladies and gentlemen... once again... Elton John.

[Cash gestures to his left. FADE to Elton at his piano with the band behind him. The drummer hits it a second or two later.]

Elton John: [ singing ]
"I got a ball and chain,
Hangin' around my heart,
And you were the one to blame
For tearin' my world apart.

I got a heart so true,
You got a heart of ice.
A little more love from you,
It could've been paradise.

I got a ball and chain,
Hangin' around my heart,
And if it's all the same,
Maybe we should part.

And I say,
Do-do-do-do-doo
Do-do-do-do
Do-do do-do, yeah.

Do-do-do-do-do
Do-do-do-do
Do-do do-do.

You had to tie me down,
Oh, inside a cage of doubt.
I'm sick of bein' kicked around,
So this is where I get out.

I got a ball and chain,
Hangin' around my heart,
And if it's all the same,
Maybe we should part.

And I say, Do-do-do-do-do...
[repeat]

Oooooooh-wee, baby,
You tried to hold me
But you were slowly
Drivin' me insane.

Oooooooh-wee, baby.

[changes keys]

I got a ball and chain,
Hangin' around my heart,
And you were the one to blame
For tearin' my world apart.

I got a heart so true,
You got a heart of ice.
A little more love from you,
It could've been paradise.

[changes back to original key]

I couldn't take the pain,
You couldn't take my love,
So I'm gonna quit this game,
'Cause, baby, I've had enough.

I got a ball and chain,
Hangin' around my heart,
And if it's all the same,
Maybe we should part.

And I say, Do-do-do-do-do...
[repeat]

I got a ball and chain,
Hangin' around my heart,
(Around my heart)...

[Repeat the refrain and chorus twice, and then the band kicks into the finish.]

Ball and chain...
Ball and chain...

And I'm sayin, Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo..."

[They repeat the chorus once more, and then the song ends. Audience cheers heartily as Elton leaps from the piano bench, kicks up his heels, and stands proudly with his band.]

Audience Member: OHHHHHHHHHHH! OHHHHHHHHHHHHH! OHHHHHHHHHH!!!

[Elton shakes his left earlobe, a la Carol Burnett, and acknowledges the cheers. FADE to black.]


Submitted by: Sean


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