Chordproc: Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash


  1. A Boy Named Sue
  2. Big River Blues
  3. Folsom Prison Blues
  4. Get Rhythm
  5. Ghost Riders In The Sky
  6. Hurt
  7. I Still Miss Someone
  8. I Walk The Line
  9. Jackson
  10. Ring Of Fire
  11. Rusty Cage
  12. Solitary Man
  13. Streets Of Laredo
  14. When The Man Comes Around

A Boy Named Sue

Capo I
Verse 1
A
My daddy left home when I was three
D
And he didn't leave much to ma and me
E
A
Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
A
Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid
D
But the meanest thing that he ever did
E
A
Was before he left, he went and named me "Sue."
Verse 2
A
Well, he must o' thought that is quite a joke
D
And it got a lot of laughs from a' lots of folk,
E
A
It seems I had to fight my whole life through.
A
Some gal would giggle and I'd get red
D
And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head,
E
A
I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue."
Verse 3
A
Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean,
D
My fist got hard and my wits got keen,
E
A
I'd roam from town to town to hide my shame.
A
But I made a vow to the moon and stars
D
That I'd search the honky-tonks and bars
E
A
And kill that man who gave me that awful name.
Verse 4
A
Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid-July
D
And I just hit town and my throat was dry,
E
A
I thought I'd stop and have myself a brew.
A
At an old saloon on a street of mud,
D
There at a table, dealing stud,
E
A
Sat the dirty, mangy dog that named me "Sue."
Verse 5
A
Well, I knew that snake was my own sweet dad
D
From a worn-out picture that my mother'd had,
E
A
And I knew that scar on his cheek and his evil eye.
A
He was big and bent and gray and old,
D
And I looked at him and my blood ran cold
E
A
And I said: "My name is 'Sue!' How do you do! Now you gonna die!!"
Verse 6
A
Well, I hit him hard right between the eyes
D
And he went down, but to my surprise,
E
A
He come up with a knife and cut off a piece of my ear.
A
But I busted a chair right across his teeth
D
And we crashed through the wall and into the street
E
A
Kicking and a' gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer.
Verse 7
A
I tell ya, I've fought tougher men
D
But I really can't remember when,
E
A
He kicked like a mule and he bit like a crocodile.
A
I heard him laugh and then I heard him cuss,
D
He went for his gun and I pulled mine first,
E
A
He stood there lookin' at me and I saw him smile.
Verse 8
A
And he said: "Son, this world is rough
D
And if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough
E
A
And I knew I wouldn't be there to help ya along.
A
So I give ya that name and I said goodbye
D
I knew you'd have to get tough or die
E
A
And it's the name that helped to make you strong."
Verse 9
A
He said: "Now you just fought one hell of a fight
D
And I know you hate me, and you got the right
E
A
To kill me now, and I wouldn't blame you if you do.
A
But ya ought to thank me, before I die,
D
For the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye
E
A
Cause I'm the son-of-a-bitch that named you "Sue.'"
Verse 10
A
I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
D
And I called him my pa, and he called me his son,
E
A
And I came away with a different point of view.
A
And I think about him, now and then,
D
Every time I try and every time I win,
No Chords
And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him A (keep strumming) Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!



Big River Blues

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E
Now I taught the weeping willow how to cry,
F#
B7
And I showed the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky.
E
A
And the tears that I cried for that woman are gonna flood you Big River.
E
B7
E
Then I'm gonna sit right here until I die
E
I met her accidentally in St. Paul (Minnesota).
F#
B7
And it tore me up every time I heard her drawl, Southern drawl.
E
A
Then I heard my dream was back Downstream cavortin' in Davenport,
E
B7
E
And I followed you, Big River, when you called.
E
Then you took me to St. Louis later on (down the river).
F#
B7
A freighter said she's been here but she's gone, boy, she's gone.
E
A
I found her trail in Memphis, but she just walked up the block.
E
B7
E
She raised a few eyebrows and then she went on down alone.
E
Now, won't you batter down by Baton Rouge, River Queen, roll it on.
F#
B7
Take that woman on down to New Orleans, New Orleans.
E
A
Go on, I've had enough, dump my blues down in the gulf.
E
B7
E
She loves you, Big River, more than me.
E
Now I taught the weeping willow how to cry,
F#
B7
And I showed the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky.
E
A
And the tears that I cried for that woman are gonna flood you Big River.
E
B7
E
E7
Then I'm gonna sit right here until I die



Folsom Prison Blues

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E
I hear the train a-coming, it's rolling round the bend
E7
and I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when
A
E
I'm stuck at Folsom Prison, and time keeps draggin' on
B7
E
But that train keeps a-rollin' on down to San Antone
E
When I was just a baby, my Mama told me 'Son,
E7
always be a good boy; don't ever play with guns.'
A
E
But I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die
B7
E
when I hear that whistle blowin' I hang my head and cry
E
I bet there's rich folks eatin' in a fancy dining car
E7
They're probably drinking coffee and smoking big cigars
A
E
But I know I had it coming, I know I can't be free
B7
E
But those people keep a moving, and that's what tortures me
E
Well, if they freed me from this prison, if that railroad train was mine
E7
I bet I'd move it on a little farther down the line
A
E
Far from Folsom Prison, that's where I want to stay
B7
E
And I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away



Get Rhythm

Chorus 1
E
Hey, get rhythm, when you get the blues,
A
E
Come on, get rhythm, when you get the blues, Get a rock 'n' roll feelin' in your bones, Put taps on your toes and get gone,
A
B7
E
Get rhythm when you get the blues.
Verse 1
E
A little shoe-shine boy never gets low down But he's got the dirtiest job in town. Bending low at the peoples feet On the windy corner of a dirty street.
E
When I asked him while he shined my shoe How'd he keep from getting the blues? He grinned as he raised his little head, He popped his shoe-shine rag and then he said:
Chorus 2
E
Get rhythm, when you get the blues,
A
E
Come on, get rhythm, when you get the blues, A jumpin' rhythm makes you feel so fine It'll shake all your trouble from your worried mind,
A
B7
E
Get rhythm, when you get the blues.
Instrumental
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Chorus 1
E
Get rhythm, when you get the blues,
A
E
Come on, get rhythm when you get the blues, Get a rock 'n' roll feelin' in your bones, Put taps on your toes and get gone,
A
B7
E
Get rhythm when you get the blues.
Verse 2
E
Well I sat and I listened to the shoe-shine boy, And I thought I was gonna jump for joy, Slapped on the shoe polish left and right, He took his shoe-shine rag and he held it tight.
E
He stopped once to wipe the sweat away, I said "You mighty little boy to be a-working that way". He said "I like it" with a big wide grin Kept on a poppin' and he say it again:
Chorus 3
E
Get rhythm, when you get the blues,
A
E
Come on, get rhythm, when you get the blues, It only cost a dime, just a nickel a shoe, It does a million dollars worth of good for you,
A
B7
E
Get rhythm, when you get the blues.



Ghost Riders In The Sky

Capo I
Verse 1
Am
C
An old cowboy went riding out one dark and windy day
Am
C
Upon a ridge he rested as he went along his way
Am
When all at once a mighty herd of red eyed cows he saw
F
Dm
Am
A-plowing through the ragged sky and up the cloudy draw
Chorus
Am
C
Yippie yi Ohhhhh
C
Am
Yippie yi yaaaaay
F
Dm
Am
Ghost Riders in the sky
Verse 2
Am
C
Their brands were still on fire and their hooves were made of steel
Am
C
Their horns were black and shiny and their hot breath he could feel
Am
A bolt of fear went through him as they thundered through the sky
F
Dm
Am
For he saw the Riders coming hard and he heard their mournful cry
Chorus
Am
C
Yippie yi Ohhhhh
C
Am
Yippie yi yaaaaay
F
Dm
Am
Ghost Riders in the sky
Am
Am
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Am
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Am
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Verse 3
Am
C
Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred, their shirts all soaked with sweat
Am
C
He's riding hard to catch that herd, but he ain't caught 'em yet
Am
'Cause they've got to ride forever on that range up in the sky
F
On horses snorting fire
Dm
Am
As they ride on hear their cry
Verse 4
Am
C
As the riders loped on by him he heard one call his name
Am
C
If you want to save your soul from Hell a-riding on our range
Am
Then cowboy change your ways today or with us you will ride
F
Dm
Am
Trying to catch the Devil's herd, across these endless skies
Chorus
Am
C
Yippie yi Ohhhhh
C
Am
Yippie yi Yaaaaay
F
Dm
Am
Ghost Riders in the sky
F
Dm
Am
Ghost Riders in the sky
F
Dm
Am
Ghost Riders in the sky



Hurt

Am
C
D
Am
C
D
Am
I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel
C
D
Am
C
D
Am
I focus on the pain, the only thing thats real
C
D
Am
C
D
Am
The needle tears a hole, the old familiar sting
C
D
Am
C
D
G
Try to kill it all away, but I remember everything
Am
F
C
G
What Have I become, my sweetest friend
Am
F
C
G
Everyone I know, goes away in the end
Am
F
C
G
And you could have it all, my empire of dirt
Am
F
G
Am
I will let you down, I will make you hurt
Am
C
D
Am
C
D
Am
I wear this crown of thorns, upon my liars chair
C
D
Am
C
D
Am
Full of broken thoughts, I cannot repair
C
D
Am
C
D
Am
Beneath the stains of time, the feeling disappears
C
D
Am
C
D
G
You are someone else, I am still right here
Am
F
C
G
What Have I become, my sweetest friend
Am
F
C
G
Everyone I know, goes away in the end
Am
F
C
G
And you could have it all, my empire of dirt
Am
F
C
G
I will let you down, I will make you hurt
Am
F
C
G
If I could start again, a million miles away
Am
F
G
Am
I would keep myself, I would find a way.



I Still Miss Someone

A
D
E
At my door the leaves are falling
D
E
A
The cold wild wind will come
A
D
E
Sweethearts walk by together
D
E
A
And I Still Miss Someone I go out to wild the parties And look for a little fun But I find the darkened corner 'Cause I still miss someone
A
D
E
A
Though I never got over those blue eyes
A
D
E
A
I see them everywhere
A
D
E
A
I miss those arms that held me
A
D
E
A
When all the love was there I wonder if she's sorry for For leaving what we had begun There's someone for me somewhere And I Still Miss Someone
A
D
E
A
Though I never got over those blue eyes
A
D
E
A
I see them everywhere
A
D
E
A
I miss those arms that held me
A
D
E
A
When all the love was there I wonder if she's sorry for For leaving what we had begun There's someone for me somewhere And I Still Miss Someone



I Walk The Line

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B7
E
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
B7
E
I keep my eyes wide open all the time.
A
E
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
B7
E
Because you're mine, I walk the line
Walk up to A:
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A
I find it very, very easy to be true
E7
A
I find myself alone when each day is through
D
A
Yes, I'll admit that I'm a fool for you
E7
A
Because you're mine, I walk the line
Walk up to D:
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A7
D
As sure as night is dark and day is light
A7
D
I keep you on my mind both day and night
G
D
And happiness I've known proves that it's right
A7
D
Because you're mine, I walk the line
Back down to A:
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A
You've got a way to keep me on your side
E7
A
You give me cause for love that I can't hide
D
A
For you I know I'd even try to turn the tide
E7
A
Because you're mine, I walk the line
And back to E again:
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B7
E
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
B7
E
I keep my eyes wide open all the time.
A
E
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
B7
E
Because you're mine, I walk the line
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Jackson

Verse 1
C
We got married in a fever hotter than a pepper sprout
C
C7
We've been talking 'bout Jackson ever since the fire went out
C
F
C
I'm going to Jackson, gonna mess around
C
F
G7
C
yeah, I'm going to Jackson, look out Jackson town
Verse 2
C
Go on down to Jackson, go ahead and wreck your health
C
C7
Go play your hand, you big talking man, and make a big fool of yourself
C
F
C
Yeah, go to Jackson, go comb your hair
C
F
G7
C
Yeah, I'm gonna snow ball Jackson, see if I care
Verse 3
C
When I breeze into that city, people gonna stoop and bow
C
C7
all them women gonna make me teach 'em what they don't know how
C
F
C
aw, I'm going to Jackson, turn aloose of my coat,
C
F
G7
C
yeah, I'm going to Jackson, goodbye, that's all she wrote
Verse 4
C
I'm gonna laugh at you in Jackson, and I'll be dancin' on a pony keg
C
C7
they'll lead ya round town like a scalded hound, with your tail tucked between your legs
C
F
C
yeah, go to Jackson, you big talking man
C
F
G7
C
and I'll be waiting in Jackson, behind my jaypan(Japan) fan
Verse 5
C
We got married in a fever hotter than a pepper sprout
C
C7
We've been talking 'bout Jackson ever since the fire went out
C
F
C
I'm going to Jackson, and that's a fact
C
F
G7
C
yeah, I'm going to Jackson, ain't never comin' back



Ring Of Fire

INTRO
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C
G
G
D
G
Verse
G
C
G
Love Is A Burning Thing
D
G
And It Makes A Fiery Ring
C
G
Bound By Wild Desire
D
G
I Fell Into A Ring Of Fire
Chorus
D
C
G
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
D
I Went Down, Down, Down
C
G
And The Flames Went Higher And It Burns, Burns, Burns
C
G
The Ring Of Fire
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G
The Ring Of Fire
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C
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D
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Chorus
D
C
G
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
D
I Went Down, Down, Down
C
G
And The Flames Went Higher And It Burns, Burns, Burns
C
G
The Ring Of Fire
D
G
The Ring Of Fire
Verse
C
G
The Taste Of Love Is Sweet
D
G
When Hearts Like Ours Meet
C
G
I Fell For You Like A Child
D
G
Ohh, But The Fire Went Wild
Chorus
D
C
G
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
D
I Went Down, Down, Down
C
G
And The Flames Went Higher And It Burns, Burns, Burns
C
G
The Ring Of Fire
D
G
The Ring Of Fire
Chorus
D
C
G
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
D
I Went Down, Down, Down
C
G
And The Flames Went Higher And It Burns, Burns, Burns
C
G
The Ring Of Fire
D
G
The Ring Of Fire And It Burns, Burns, Burns
C
G
The Ring Of Fire
D
G
The Ring Of Fire (repeat until fade)



Rusty Cage

Main Riff
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Intro
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Verse
A5
A5
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A5
You wired me awake and hit me with a hand of broken nails
A5
A5
A5
A5
You tied my lead and pulled my chain and watched my blood begin to boil
Chorus
A5
G
[
A5
] But I'm gonna break
A5
G
[
A5
] I'm gonna break my
A5
Gonna break my rusty cage and run
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G
[
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] But I'm gonna break
A5
G
[
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G
Gonna break my rusty cage
A5
... and run
Part 2
A5
A5
A5
A5
Too cold to start a fire I'm burning diesel burning dinosaur bones
A5
A5
A5
A5
I'll take the river down to still water and ride a pack of dogs
Chorus
A5
G
[
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] But I'm gonna break
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[
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A5
Gonna break my rusty cage and run
A5
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[
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A5
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[
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A5
G
Gonna break my rusty cage ... and run
Interlude
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Verse
E5
When the forest burns along the road
E5
Like God's eyes in my headlights
E5
When the dogs are looking for their bones
E5
And it's raining icepicks on your steel shores
Chorus
E5
I'm gonna break
E5
I'm gonna break my
E5
Gonna break my rusty cage and run
E5
I'm gonna break
E5
I'm gonna break my
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Gonna break my rusty cage and run
Chorus + coda
E5
I'm gonna break
E5
I'm gonna break my
E5
Gonna break my rusty cage and run
E5
I'm gonna break
E5
I'm gonna break my
E5
D
E5
Gonna break my rusty cage ... and run



Solitary Man

Intro x2
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Riff over F#m
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F#m
Belinda was mine 'til the time that I found her
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Bm
Holdin' Jim And loving him
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Bm
A
F#m
Then Sue came along, loved me strong, that's what I thought
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Bm
Me and Sue, But that died too.
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Don't know that I will but until I can find me
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A
E
A girl who will stay and won't play games behind me
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I'll be what I am
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A solitary man
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F#m
Solitary man I've had it to here being where love's a small word A part time thing, a paper ring I know it's been done havin' one girl who loves me Right or wrong, weak or strong Don't know that I will but until I can find me The girl who will stay and won't play games behind me I'll be what I am A solitary man A solitary man
Instrumental: improvise over F#m
Don't know that I will but until love can find me And the girl who will stay and won't play games behind me I'll be what I am A solitary man A Solitary man Solitary man



Streets Of Laredo

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G7
C
G7
As I walked out in the streets of Laredo
C
G7
C
G7
As I walked out in Laredo one day
C
G7
C
G7
I spied a poor cowboy all wrapped in white linen
C
G7
C
G7
C
All wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay
G7
C
G7
Oh beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly
C
G7
C
G7
Sing the death march as you carry me along
C
G7
C
G7
Take me to the valley then lay the sod o'er me
C
G7
C
G7
C
I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong
G7
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G7
I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy
C
G7
C
G7
These words he did say as I boldly walked by
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G7
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G7
Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story
C
G7
C
G7
C
Got shot in the breast and I know I must die
G7
C
G7
Go fetch me some water a cool cup of water
C
G7
C
G7
To cool my parched lips then the poor cowboy said
C
G7
C
G7
Before I returned his spirit had left him
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G7
C
G7
C
Had gone to his Maker the cowboy was dead



When The Man Comes Around

Riff in verses:
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Verse
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There's a man, goin' 'round, takin' names
C/g
And he decides, who to free, and who to blame
C/g
Everybody, won't be treated, all the same
C
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Am
There'll be a golden ladder, reaching down
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G
C/g
When the man comes around
C/g
The hairs, on your arm, will stand up
C/g
At the terror, in each sip, and each sup
C/g
Will you partake of that last offered cup?
C/g
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Am
Or disappear, into the potter's ground?
F
G
C/g
When the man comes around
Chorus
C
Hear the Trumpets hear the pipers
C
One hundred million angels singin'
C
F
C
G
Multitudes are marchin' to a big kettledrum
G
Voices callin', voices cryin'
G
Some are born and some are dyin'
G
C
It's Alpha and Omega Kingdom come
Bridge
C
F
C
And the whirlwind is in the thorn trees
C/g
And the virgins are all trimming their wicks
C
F
C
The whirlwind in the thorn trees
C/g
It's hard for thee to kick against the pricks
Second Verse
C/g
Till Armageddon no shalom, no shalom
C/g
Then the father hen will call his chicken's home
C/g
The wise man will bow down before the throne
C/g
/c
/b
Am
And at his feet they will cast the golden crowns
F
G
C/g
When the man comes around.
C/g
Whoever is unjust let him be unjust still
C/g
Whoever is righteous let him be righteous still
C/g
Whoever is filthy let him be filthy still
C/g
/c
/b
Am
Listen to the words long written down
F
G
C
When the man comes around
Chorus
C
Hear the Trumpets hear the pipers
C
One hundred million angels singing
C
F
C
G
Multitudes are marchin' to a big kettledrum
G
Voices callin', voices cryin'
G
Some are born and some are dyin'
G
C
It's Alpha and Omega Kingdom come
Bridge
C
F
C
And the whirlwind is in the thorn trees
C/g
And the virgins are all trimming their wicks
C
F
C
The whirlwind in the thorn trees
C/g
It's hard for thee to kick against the pricks
C/g
Am
F
In measured hundred weight and penny pound
F
G
C/g
When the Man comes around.