Ball and Chain (Social Distortion song)

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"Ball and Chain"
Single by Social Distortion
from the album Social Distortion
Released March 27, 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre Cowpunk, punk blues
Length 5:44
Label Epic
Writer(s) Mike Ness
Producer(s) Dave Jerden
Social Distortion singles chronology
"Story of My Life"
"Ball and Chain"
"Ring of Fire"

"Ball and Chain" is a hit song by Social Distortion, a Southern California punk rock band, featured on their self-titled album, released in 1990, as well as on Live at the Roxy (1998).

In the words of lead singer/writer Mike Ness, "Ball and Chain" is "a hard luck story,"[1] a forceful cry, a lament, a plea, a "folk prayer."[2]



  1. ^ Mike Ness, Introduction to performance of "Ball and Chain", Live at the Roxy
  2. ^ Mike Ness, Liner Notes, Live at the Roxy