Shackles (Praise You) chords



You can learn how to play Shackles (Praise You) by Mary Mary!

Shackles (Praise You) was a worldwide hit in 2000 by gospel duo Mary Mary, reaching the top 10 in more than ten countries.

Initially released on the debut album Thankful in 1999, the duo first used it as a promotional single. When interest was undeniable they released it as a single and later made a music video for it.

Shackles (Praise You) has become Mary Mary’s signature song and have been credited as bringing Gospel to the masses.

The group’s name is taken from the two famous Marys in the Bible, Jesus’s mother and Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus’ followers.

Shackles chords are just a loop of four bars, let’s see how they line up with the lyrics.


Shackles (Praise You) chords and lyrics


Whoo! 

| Gm7 | Cm7 |
It sure is hot out here. Ya know? I don’t mind though.
| D7 | Gm7 |
Just glad to be free. Know what I’m saying, uh!

| Gm7 | Cm7 |
Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance.
| D7 | Gm7 |
I just want to praise you (What ya want to do?) I just want to praise you (yeah, yeah).
| Gm7 | Cm7 |
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands (uh, feel me?).
| D7 | Gm7 |
And I’m gonna praise you (what ya gon’ do?), I’m gonna praise you.

| Gm7 | Cm7 |
In the corners of mind, I just can’t seem to find a reason to believe.
| D7 | Gm7 |
That I can break free, cause you see I have been,
| Gm7 | Cm7 |
down for so long, feel like the hope is gone but as I lift my hands, 
| D7 | Gm7 |
I understand that I should praise you through my circumstance.

| Gm7 | Cm7 |
Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance (so I can dance).
| D7 | Gm7 |
I just want to praise you (just want to praise you), I just want to praise you (just want to praise you).
| Gm7 | Cm7 |
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands (I can lift my hands).
| D7 | Gm7 |
And I’m gonna praise you (oh, oh, oh, oh), I’m gonna praise you.

| Gm7 | Cm7 |
Everything that could go wrong all went wrong at one time.
| D7 | Gm7 |
So much pressure fell on me, I thought I was gon’ lose my mind.
| Gm7 | Cm7 |
But I know you wanna see if I will hold on through these trials.
| D7 | Gm7 |
But I need you to lift this load, cause I can’t take it anymore.

| Gm7 | Cm7 |
Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance (so I can dance).
| D7 | Gm7 |
I just want to praise you (whoa whoa, whoa), I just want to praise you (yeah, hey).
| Gm7 | Cm7 |
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands (whoa, yeah, yeah).
| D7 | Gm7 |
And I’m gonna praise you (I’m gonna, I’m gonna), I’m gonna praise you (I’m gonna praise you).

| Gm7 | Cm7 |
Been through the fire and the rain, bound in every kind of way
| D7 | Gm7 |
But God has broken every chain, so let me go right now.

| Gm7 | Cm7 |
Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance (so I can dance).
| D7 | Gm7 |
I just want to praise you (whoa whoa, whoa), I just want to praise you (I wanna praise you).
| Gm7 | Cm7 |
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands (I can lift my hands).
| D7 | Gm7 |
And I’m gonna praise you (praise you, praise you), I’m gonna praise you (praise you, oh yeah).

| Gm7 | Cm7 |
Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance.
| D7 | Gm7 |
(‘Cause I just wanna) I just want to praise you (cause I just wanna), I just want to praise you (yea, hey).
| Gm7 | Cm7 |
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands (I can lift my hands).
| D7 | Gm7 |
And I’m gonna praise you (praise you, yeah), I’m gonna praise you (come on, praise with me).

| Gm7 | Cm7 |
Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance (I just wanna praise you).
| D7 | Gm7 |
I just want to praise you (just come free tonight), I just want to praise you (just come free, yeah)
| Gm7 | Cm7 |
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands (I can lift my hands).
| D7 | Gm7 |
And I’m gonna praise you (yeah), I’m gonna praise you (yeah, yeah).

| Gm7 | Cm7 |
Take em off, take em off, huh. 
| D7 | Gm7 |
What ya gonna do, ha, yeah, what you doing?
| Gm7 | Cm7 |
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands (broke off the chain).
| D7 | Gm7 |
And I’m gonna praise you (what you gonna do), I’m gonna praise you (what you gonna do).


Shackles chord progression

Lot’s of lyrics but at least the chords are simple! Moving from VI – II (#10 on my chord progression list) it’s clear that we are in the key of Gm when we play Shackles.

The next chord is a D7, this is IIIx, a modified III chord that by being major points more strongly to chord VI. All chords for Shackles (Praise You) are just this:

||: Gm7 | Cm7 | D7 | Gm7 :||

This means that as long as the singer(s) knows all the lyrics, this is a great song to jam.

Instead of changing between lots of chords and reading a chart, you could look at other band members and use dynamics for variation instead, just like Mary Mary do on the original recording.

The only problem I can see is that singers may oversing and if they can’t sing in tune, this could go from being the most fun song of the night to the worst.

My top tip before you suggest Shackles for your next band’s setlist is that you make sure the singer can carry a tune!


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