"There Ain't No Good Chain Gang" is a song written by Hal Bynum and Dave Kirby, and recorded by American country music artists Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as a duet. It was released in 1978 as the second single from the album I Would Like to See You Again. The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
The song is written and sung from the perspective of a prison inmate, writing back home to his family. He tells of the lessons he's learned while incarcerated; the chorus tells the four main ones:
- "There ain't no good in an evil-hearted woman",
- "I ain't cut out to be no Jesse James",
- "You don't go writing hot checks down in Mississippi", and
- "There ain't no good chain gang".
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks
- ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 76.