"Link By Link" is the villain song of Jacob Marley, sung in the 2004 musical adaption of A Christmas Carol.
It is required of every man
that his spirit travel far,
Lending help to those he can,
no matter who they are.
But if you don’t go forth in life,
Spreading joy and easing pain,
Your spirit will go forth in death,
And you shall wear a chain!
These were coins I hoarded for a rainy day.
Now with every jingle, I’m disgraced.
Locks and keys I used to keep the poor away,
That’s what put these lock and keys around my waist.
Link by link, my chain was getting longer.
Link by link, I should have heard it clink.
Link by link, each year a little stronger!
Link by link by horrifying link!
Stacking up my sliver and my bits of gold,
Filling up my vault when day was done.
Vaults are made of lead and cash is very cold!
And around your neck, they weigh a bloody ton!
Link by link, you’re on the brink.
It’s written here in blood red ink.
Unlock your heart, it’s not too late!
Or you’ll be dragging something
More than twice this weight…
You will be visited by three ghosts.
When the clock strikes one, The Ghost of Christmas Past.
When the clock strikes two, The Ghost of Christmas Present.
When the clock strikes three, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be!
Three ghosts who yet may stop you ending up like me…
See these sorry spirits who were once like you,
Dragging chains of all that we acquired.
All the good in life it’s now too late to do.
Not to mention this can really make you tired!
Link by link!
MARLEY: Your chain is in the making!
Link by link!
MARLEY: No way to make it shrink!
Link by link, just listen to it shaking!
Link by link by link by link by link by link by link!
Link by link, your life must be corrected!
Link by link, and sooner than you think.
Link by link, or you shall be connected,
Link by link by horrifying link!!!