Mudcat Café message #3161442 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #138137   Message #3161442
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
27-May-11 - 03:43 PM
Thread Name: Casey's last ride - meaning?
Subject: RE: Casey's last ride - meaning?
"Hates his job, as Tinker thinks? "You have nothing to lose but your chains"? I am not convinced. More probably it's the chains of his family life, and of his unsociable mental constitution.

Or does it just mean the rattle of the escalator chains, which used to be quite a noise?

All three at the same time, I assume, plus whatever other chains the singer or the listener experiences. That's how imagery works in poems and songs.