Chordproc: Steve Earle

Steve Earle


  1. Billy Austin
  2. Copperhead Road
  3. Days Aren't Long Enough
  4. Devil's Right Hand
  5. Even When I'm Blue
  6. Galway Girl
  7. Goodbye
  8. Guitar Town
  9. Jerusalem
  10. Johnny Come Lately
  11. My Old Friend The Blues
  12. Now She's Gone
  13. Snake Oil
  14. Someday
  15. Sparkle And Shine
  16. Taneytown
  17. Tom Ames Prayer
  18. You Know The Res

Billy Austin

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Dsus2
Dsus4
D
D
G
My name is Billy Austin
A
D
And I'm twenty-nine years old
G
D
I was born in oklahoma
Bm
Quarter Cherokee I'm told
Bm
A
G
D
Don't remember Oklahoma
G
A
Been so long since I left home
G
Bm
Seems like I've always been in prison
G
Bm
A
D
Like I've always been alone Didnt mean to hurt nobody Never thought Id cross that line I held up a filling station Like Id done a hundred times The kid done like I told him He lay face down on the floor Guess Ill never know what made me Turn and walk back through that door The shot rang out like thunder My ears rang like a bell No one came runnin So I called the cops myself Took their time to get there And I guess I coulda run I knew I should be feeling something But I never shed tear one I didnt even make the papers cause I only killed one man But my trial was over quickly And then the long hard wait began Court appointed lawyer Couldnt look me in the eye He just stood up and closed his briefcase When they sentenced me to die Now my waitins over As the final hour drags by I aint about to tell you That I don't deserve to die But theres twenty-seven men here Mostly black, brown and poor Most of em are guilty Who are you to say for sure? So when the preacher comes to get me And they shave off all my hair Could you take that long walk with me Knowing hell is waitin there Could you pull that switch yourself sir With a sure and steady hand Could you still tell youself That you're better than I am My name is Billy Austin Im twenty-nine years old I was born in oklahoma Quarter cherokee Im told



Copperhead Road

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G
Gsus4
D
Well my name's John Lee Pettimore Same as my daddy and his daddy before You hardly ever saw grandaddy down here He only come to town about twice a year He'd buy a hundred pounds of yeast and some copper line Everybody knew that he made moonshine
G
C
G
Now the revenue man wanted grandaddy bad
D
He headed up the holler with everything he had
G
C
G
Before my time but I've been told
D
He never come back from Copperhead Road Grandaddy ran the whiskey in a big black Dodge Bought it at an auction at the Mason's Lodge Johnson County Sheriff painted on the side Just shot coat of primer then he looked inside Well him and my uncle tore that engine down I can still remember that rumblin'sound Well the sheriff came around in the middle of the night I heard momma crying, knew something wasn't right He was headed down to Knoxville with a weekly load You could smell the whiskey burning down Copperhead Road I volunteered for the army on my birthday They draft the white trash first 'round here anyway I did two tours of duty in Vietnam I came home with a brand new plan I take seeds from Columbia and Mexico I plant it up the holler down Copperhead Road Now the DEA's got a chopper in the air I wake up screaming like I'm back over there I learned a thing or two from Charlie don't you know You better stay away from Copperhead Road Copperhead Road Copperhead Road Copperhead Road



Days Aren't Long Enough

Capo II
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G
Am
E7
F
C
F
G
C
G
Am
Another year has come and gone
E7
F
Another circle 'round the sun
C
F
G
Another thousand tears have fallen
C
G
Am
But I don't ever count 'em 'cause
E7
F
I'm surrounded by your love
G
C
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F
G
| And days are never long enough
C
G
Am
Four more seasons on parade
E7
F
Show their colours then they fade
C
F
G
But that won't happen to us, darlin'
C
G
Am
We'll remember how it was
E7
F
Then begin again because
G
C
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F
G
| Days are never long enough
Am
E7
Time's never late
Am
E7
Isn't bound by our fate
Am
G
Try as we may
C
G7
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C
| Love might never be found if we wait
G
Am
Until the sun comes up
E7
F
On another day my love
C
F
G
Days are never long enough
C
G
Am
E7
F
G
C
F
G
Am
E7
Time's never late
Am
E7
Isn't bound by our fate
Am
G
Try as we may
C
G7
|
C
| Love might never be found if we wait
G
Am
Until the sun comes up
E7
F
On another day my love
G
C
Days are never long enough



Devil's Right Hand

Capo II
D
D
'Bout the time my daddy left to fight the big war
A
I saw my first pistol in the general store
A
In the general store, I was thirteen
D
I thought it was the finest thing I ever had seen Asked if I could have it someday when I grew up Mama dropped a dozen eggs, she really blew up Yeah she really blew up, I didn't understand Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand
G
The devil's right hand
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G
D
The devil's right hand
A
D
Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand. My very first pistol was a cap and ball Colt Shoot as fast as lightnin' but she'd loads a-mighty slow Loads a-mighty slow, I soon found out It'll get you into trouble but it can't get you out So then I went and bought myself a Colt .45 It was called a Peacemaker, but I never knew why Never knew why, I didn't understand Mama says the pistol is the devil's right hand The devil's right hand The devil's right hand Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand.
D
A
D
E
Well I got into a card game in a company town
E
Caught a miner cheatin' and I shot the dog down
B
I shot the dog down, I watched the man fall
E
Never touched his holster, never had a chance to draw The trial was in the morning and they drug me outta bed Asked me how I pleaded, "not guilty," I said Not guilty I said, you got the wrong man Nothin' touched the trigger but the devil's right hand
A
The devil's right hand
E
A
E
The devil's right hand
B
E
Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand. The devil's right hand The devil's right hand Nothin' touched the trigger but the devil's right hand
A
E
A
E
B
E
Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand.
E
B
E



Even When I'm Blue

D
A
G
D
A
G
D
D
A
G
D
I've always heard that love is blind
A
G
D
But I know that there's another kind
D
A
G
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Dsus4/d
Shines like a beacon in the night
A
G
D
Dsus4/d
And holds up in the morning light
D
A
G
D
Cause in my dreams she travels with me when I run
D
A
G
Em
And in my dreams she takes my hand when I make my stand
A
D
When the morning always comes
A
G
D
And I know it's too good to be true
A
G
D
She loves me even when I'm blue No one can say that I ain't tried I keep on searching far and wide Cause I know she's out there somewhere now And I'm gonna track her down somehow Cause in my dreams she travels with me when I run And in my dreams she takes my hand when I make my stand When the morning always comes And I know it's too good to be true She loves me even when I'm blue



Galway Girl

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D
Well, I took a stroll on the old long walk
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A
G
On a day-I-ay-I-ay
D
I met a little girl and we stopped to talk
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G
D
on a grand soft day-I-ay
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D
G
D
And I ask you, friend, what's a fella to do
Bm
A
G
D
'Cause her hair was black and her eyes were blue
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D
G
D
And I knew right then I'd be takin' a whirl
Bm
A
G
D
'Round the Salthill Prom with a Galway girl
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D
D
G
G
D
G
D
A
D
D
We were halfway there when the rain came down
G
On a day-I-ay-I-ay
D
And she took me up to her flat downtown
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G
D
Of a grand soft day-I-ay-I-ay
G
D
G
D
And I ask you, friend, what's a fella to do
Bm
A
G
D
'Cause her hair was black and her eyes were blue
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D
G
D
So I took her hand and I gave her a twirl
Bm
A
G
D
And I lost my heart to a Galway girl
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D
D
G
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G
D
A
D
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D
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Bm
A
D
D
G
When I woke up I was all alone
D
G
D
With a broken heart and a ticket home
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D
G
D
And I ask you now, tell me what would you do
Bm
A
G
D
If her hair was black and her eyes were blue
G
D
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D
I've traveled around I've been all over this world
Bm
A
G
D
Boys I ain't never seen nothin' like a Galway girl
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A
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Bm
A
D



Goodbye

C
G/b
F
G
C
C
G/b
I remember holdin' on to you
Am
F
C
All them long and lonely nights I put you through
C
G/b
Somewhere in there I'm sure I made you cry
F
G
(
G7
)
C
But I can't remember if we said goodbye
F
C
But I recall all of them nights down in Mexico
G
G7
One place I may never go
G7
C
G
(
G7
) In my life again
C
G/b
Was I just off somewhere just too high
F
G
C
But I can't remember if we said goodbye I only miss you every now and then Like a soft breeze blowin up from the Caribbean Most Novembers I break down and cry But I can't remember if we said goodbye
F
G
Am
But I can't remember if we said goodbye
F
Goodbye
C
Goodbye



Guitar Town

Intro
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G
G
G
Verse 1
G
Hey pretty baby are you ready for me
C
It's your good rockin' daddy down from Tennessee
Riff
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D
I'm just out of Austin bound for San Antone
C
With the radio blastin' and the bird dog on
Riff
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G
There's a speed trap up ahead in Selma Town
C
But no local yokel gonna shut me down
Riff
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D
'Cause me and my boys got this rig unwound
C
G
And we've come a thousand miles from a Guitar Town
Solo 1
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Verse 2
G
Nothin' ever happened 'round my hometown
C
And I ain't the kind to just hang around
Riff
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But I heard someone callin' my name one day
C
And I followed that voice down the lost highway
G
Everybody told me you can't get far
C
On thirty-seven dollars and a jap guitar
Riff
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D
Now I'm smokin' into Texas with the hammer down
C
G
And a rockin' little combo from the Guitar Town
Solo 2 (the same as solo 1)
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D
Hey pretty baby don't you know it ain't my fault
C
G
I love to hear the steel belts hummin' on the asphalt
D
Wake up in the middle of the night in a truck stop
C
D7
Stumble in the restaurant wonderin' why I don't stop
G
Gotta keep rockin' why I still can
C
I gotta two pack habit and a motel tan
Riff
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But when my boots hit the boards I'm a brand new man
C
With my back to the riser I make my stand
G
Hey pretty baby won't you hold me tight
C
C
G
D
We're loadin' up and rollin' out of here tonight
D
One of these days I'm gonna settle down
C
G
And take you back with me to the Guitar Town
Solo 3
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Jerusalem

Capo VII
Em
G
C/g
G
Em
G
C/g
D7/f#
G
G
G
C/g
G
Em
D7/f#
G
C/g
I woke up this mornin' and none of the news was good
G
Em
C/g
D7/f#
Death machines were rumblin' 'cross the ground where Jesus stood
G
C/g
And the man on my TV told me that its always been that way
G
D7/f#
G
There's nothin' anyone can do or say
Em
And I almost listened to him
G
C/g
G
Yeah, I almost lost my mind
Em
I regained my senses again
G
C/g
D7/f#
And looked into my heart to find
G
I believe that one fine day
C/g
All the children of Abraham
G
Em
D7/f#
G
Will lay down their swords forever in Jerusalem
G
C/g
Well maybe I'm only dreamin' and maybe I'm just a fool
G
Em
C/g
D7/f#
But I don't remember learnin' how to hate in Sunday school
G
C/g
But somewhere along the way I strayed and I never looked back again
G
D7/f#
G
But I still find some comfort now and then
Em
Then the storm comes rumblin' in
G
C/g
G
And I can't lay me down
Em
And the drums are drummin' again
G
C/g
D7/f#
And I can't stand the sound
G
But I believe there'll come a day
C/g
When the lion and the lamb
G
Em
D7/f#
G
Will lie down in peace together in Jerusalem
Em
G
C/g
G
Em
G
C/g
D7/f#
G
G
G
C/g
G
Em
D7/f#
G
Em
And there'll be no barricades then
G
C/g
G
Yeah there'll be no wire or walls
Em
We can wash all this blood from our hands
G
C/g
D7/f#
And all this hatred from our souls
G
But I believe there'll come a day
C/g
All the children of Abraham
G
Em
D7/f#
Will lay down their swords forever in Jerusalem
G
Yeah we must believe that one fine day
C/g
All the children of Abraham
G
Em
D7/f#
G
Will lay down their swords forever in Jerusalem



Johnny Come Lately

Verse 1
G
C
I'm an American, boys, and I've come a long way
G
D
I was born and bred in the USA
Em
C
G
So listen up close, I've got something to say
D
Boys, I'm buying this round
G
C
Well it took a little while, but we're in this fight
G
D
And we ain't going home 'til we've done what's right
Em
C
G
We're gonna drink Camden Town dry tonight
D
G
If I have to spend my last pound
Verse 2
G
C
When I first got to London it was pourin' down rain
G
D
Met a little girl in the field canteen
Em
C
G
Painted her name on the nose of my plane
D
Six more missions I'm gone
G
C
Well I asked if I could stay and she said that I might
G
D
Then the warden came around yelling "turn out the lights"
Em
C
G
Death rainin' down in the London night
D
G
We made love 'til dawn
Chorus
C
G
But when Johnny Come Lately comes marching home
D
With a chest full of medals and a G.I. loan
Em
C
G
They'll be waitin' at the station in San Antone
D
G
When Johnny comes marching home
Verse 3
G
C
My P-47 is a pretty good ship
G
D
And she took a round comin' 'cross the channel last trip
Em
C
G
I was thinkin' 'bout my baby and letting her rip
D
Always got me through so far
G
C
Well they can ship me all over this great big world
G
D
But I'll never find nothing like my North End girl
Em
C
G
I'm taking her home with me one day, sir,
D
G
Soon as we win this war
Chorus
C
G
But when Johnny Come Lately comes marching home
D
With a chest full of medals and a G.I. loan
Em
C
G
They'll be waitin' at the station in San Antone
D
G
When Johnny comes marching home
Verse 4
G
C
Now my granddaddy sang me this song
G
D
Told me about London when the blitz was on
Em
C
G
How he married Grandma and brought her back home,
D
A hero throughout his land
G
C
Now I'm standin' on a runway in San Diego
G
D
A couple purple hearts and I move a little slow
Em
C
G
There's nobody here, maybe nobody knows
D
G
About a place called Viet - nam
Chorus x2
C
G
But when Johnny Come Lately comes marching home
D
With a chest full of medals and a G.I. loan
Em
C
G
They'll be waitin' at the station in San Antone
D
G
When Johnny comes marching home



My Old Friend The Blues

G
Just when every ray of hope was gone
C
G
I should have known that you would come along
D
D7
I can't believe I ever doubted you
C
D7
G
My old friend the blues
G
Another lonely night in this town
C
G
The Sleep dont take me first you'll come around
D
D7
I know I can always count on you
C
D7
G
My old friend the blues
G7
C
Lovers leave and friends will let you down
G
But your the only sure thing that I found
D
D7
No matter what I do I'll never lose
C
D7
G
My old friend the blues
Solo
G7
C
Lovers leave and friends will let you down
G
And your the only sure thing that I found
D
D7
No matter what I do I'll never lose
C
D7
G
My old friend the blues
G
D
D7
Just let me hide my weary heart in you
C
D7
G
My old friend the blues
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Now She's Gone

G
C
D
C
G
G
C
C/a
G
/g
/f#
Em
C
She was her daddy's little darlin'
D
G
C
C/a
G
Her mama's only child
G
/g
/f#
Em
C
They didn't understand at all when
D
G
C
C/a
G
She took to running wild
G
/g
/f#
Em
C
She left town one day and never said goodbye
D
G
Left a hole in Daddy's lap a tear in mama's eye
G
/g
/f#
Em
C
G
C
C/a
G
Where'd we go wrong, now she's gone
G
/g
/f#
Em
C
She met aboy up in Kentucky
D
G
C
C/a
G
Charlie was his name
G
/g
/f#
Em
C
Just when he thought he got lucky
D
G
C
C/a
G
She stole his watch and chain
Em
C
She always kept on moving and she never wasted time
D
G
And they say she left quite a string of broken hearts behind
Em
C
G
C
C/a
G
Woke up alone, now she's gone
Em
C
Me, I wasn't even trying
D
C
G
C
C/a
G
You could say I was content
Em
C
She went through my life like lightning
D
C
G
C
C/a
G
Blew out the other end
Em
C
I still taste her kisses smell her perfume in the wind
D
C
G
C
C/a
G
And if I could you now that I would do it all again
Em
C
G
C
C/a
G
She done me wrong, Now she's gone



Snake Oil

A
Ladies and gentlemen, attention please
A
Come in close so everyone can see
D
A
I got a tale to tell, a listen don't cost a dime
E
A
And if you believe that we're gonna get along just fine Now I've been travelin' all around I heard trouble's come to your town I've got a little somethin' guaranteed to ease your mind It's call Snake Oil y'all, it's been around for a long, long time Say, your crops'll burn if it don't rain soon Ain't seen a drop since the tenth of June Well I can open up the sky, people have no fear If you ain't impressed yet, just tell me what you wanna hear Well you lost your farm so you moved to town You get a job, they shut the factory down Now you sit around all day long feelin' sad and blue You need Snake Oil y'all, tell you what I'm gonna do
D
A
I can heal the sick and I can mend the lame
D
E
And the blind shall see again, it's all the same Well ain't your President good to you Knocked 'em dead in Libya, Grenada too Now he's taking his show a little further down the line 'Tween me and him people, you're gonna get along just fine



Someday

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C
D
G
C
D
G
C
D
G
G
C
D
G
There ain't a lot that you can do in this town You drive down to the lake and then you turn back around You go to school and you learn to read and write So you can walk into the county bank and sign away your life Now I work at the fillin station on the interstate I'm pumpin gasoline and countin out of state plates They ask me how far into Memphis son and where's the nearest beer They don't even know that there's a town around here
Em
C
D
G
Someday I'm finally gonna let go
Em
C
D
G
Cause I know there's a better way
Em
C
D
G
And I wanna know what's over that rainbow
G
D
C
D
G
C
D
G
C
D
G
I'm gonna get out of here someday someday
G
C
D
G
Now my brother went to college cause he played football I'm still hangin' round cause I'm a little bit small I got me a 67 Chevy she's low and sleek and black Someday I'll put her on that interstate and never look back
Em
C
D
G
Someday I'm finally gonna let go
Em
C
D
G
Cause I know there's a better way
Em
C
D
G
And I wanna know what's over that rainbow
G
D
C
D
I'm gonna get out of here someday
G
D
C
D
G
C
D
G
I'm gonna get out of here someday
G
C
D
G
C
D
G
C
D
G
Someday someday



Sparkle And Shine

Capo III
C
G
C
My baby sparkle and shine
G
C
Sparkle and shine
G
C
Sparkle and shine
C
G
C
My baby sparkle and shine
G
C
And everyone knows she's fine
C
G
C
She blesses all that she sees
G
C
G
C
A toss of her hair and a kiss in the breeze
C
G
C
But she don't love no one but me
G
C
And I can't believe she's mine
Dm7
Am
Shimmering she moves
Dm7
C
G
Sunlight all around her
Dm7
Am
Even when she's blue
Dm7
C
G
Silver clouds surround her
C
G
C
My baby sparkle and shine
G
C
Sparkle and shine
G
C
Sparkle and shine
C
G
C
My baby sparkle and shine
C
G
C
And I can't believe she's mine
C
G
C
My baby swings down the street
G
C
G
C
Big tall high heel shoes on her feet
C
G
C
Walks by and my heart skips a beat
C
G
C
And I'm stumblin' like a fool
C
G
C
She give me somethin' so sweet
G
C
G
C
I can't sleep y'all and I can't eat
C
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Sparks fly whenever we meet
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I'm breathless 'cause she's so cool
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Anywhere she goes
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I can only follow
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She'll be there I know
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When I awake tomorrow
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My baby sparkle and shine
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Sparkle and shine
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Sparkle and shine
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My baby sparkle and shine
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And everyone knows she's fine
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My baby sparkle and shine
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Sparkle and shine
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Sparkle and shine
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My baby sparkle and shine
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And everyone knows she's fine
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And everyone knows she's mine



Taneytown

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I went down to Taneytown, I went down to Taneytown
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To see what I could see
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My mama told me never go, I?m damned near twenty-two years old
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Some times I feel this hollow swallowing me. Ma went off to Gettysburg, her and that new beau of hers, I snuck off after dark. It?s a long way down the Canny Road, the stars were bright & the moon was low, Down where the blacktop highway starts. Chorus: I went down to Taneytown, I went down to Taneytown, I went down to see what I could see. Now everybody stared at me, you?d think that they ain?t never seen, A colored boy before. Well, they jumped at me and they called me names, they?d a whupped me sure, but the sheriff came, I slipped off and ran through the drygoods store. I ran down Division Street, but some of them boys followed me, Down to the railroad track. There was four of them & I came five, but I got my old Randall knife, I cut that boy & I never did look back. Chorus Across the fields & woods I run, like a bullet from a rabbit gun, Back home to my bed. Ma came back from Gettysburg, her and that new beau of hers, Boy you look like hell, was all she said. A month went by without a word, till someone down in the hollow heard, About that boy they hung. He begged those men to spare his life, but I dropped my bloody Randall knife, He picked it up, so they thought he was the one. Chorus Chorus I ain?t going back there anymore.



Tom Ames Prayer

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Everyone in Nagadoches knew Tom Ames
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would come to some bad end,
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Cause the sheriff had caught him stealing chickens and such from the
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time that he was ten.
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One day his daddy took a 10 dollar bill
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and he tucked it in his hand,
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He said I know you're headed for trouble son,
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your mama wouldn't under stand.
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So he took his dad's money and his brother's old bay
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and he left without a word of thanks,
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Fell in with this crowd in a border town
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and he took to robbin' banks.
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Outside the law his luck a run out fast,
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a few years came and went;
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Til he was trapped up in an alley in Abilene
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with all but four shells spent.
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And he realized then that prayin' was the only thing
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he hadn't ever tried;
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He didn't know quite how to do it
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but he looked up to the sky.
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He said "You don't owe me nothin and as far as I know, Lord
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I don't owe nothin' to you
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I ain't askin for a miracle Lord
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a little bit of luck will do.
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You know I ain't never prayed before
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cause it always seemed to me
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that prayin was just like beggin'
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and I don't take chari ty.
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Lord, I've had some breaks in my life
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as you already know
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I've had some help from the good lord and the devil himself's
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been strictly touch and go.
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Right here now with my back to the wall
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I can't help but re call
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how they nearly hung me for stealin' a horse
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in Ft. Smith, Arkansas
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Judge Parker said guilty and his gavel came down
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just like a cannon shot
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I went away quietly
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I beg an to file and plot.
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They sent that old preacher down to my cell
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he said, "the lord is your only hope,
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he'll be the only friend you have, son
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when you hit the end of Parker's rope."
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Well, I guess he could've kept on preachin' til Christmas
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but he turned his back on me
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I put a homemade blade to that golden throat
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and asked the deputy for the key.
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Ah, but who in the hell am I talkin to?
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there ain't no one here but me (single strum each chord)
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So he cocked both his pistols, spit in the dirt,
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and walked in to that street.



You Know The Res

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Moses went up to the mountain To see what he could see Well he come down talking 'bout a burning bush
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Says 'This is how it's gonna be'
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He's scared to death
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You know the rest Columbus went down to the ocean In 1492 He said 'Boys, I'm looking for India But America will do' Sailed to the west You know the rest Davey Crockett went out to Texas To fight at the Alamo Old Will Travis never told him Texas is in Mexico It's a bloody mess You know the rest Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads A guitar in his hands Well, the devil had him a guitar, too He says 'This is what you need man, You can be the best' You know the rest Well this song ain't got no reason Hell this song barely rhymes Well it come to me when I was asleep And it wakes me up sometimes I can't get no rest You know the rest