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Album: Boomer's Story

 

 

 

 

 

BOOMER'S STORY

 

(Traditional, adapted by Ry Cooder)

(G) - (C) - (D)

 

 

(G) Come and gather all around me

(C) Listen to my tale of (G) woe

Got some good advice to give you

Lots of things you oughta know

(G) Take a tip from one who's travelled

(C) And never stopped a-ramblin' (G) 'round

'Cause (C) once you get the roamin' fever

You (G) never want to settle down, boy

You (C) never want to settle (G) down

 

I met a little gal in Frisco

And I asked her to be my wife

Told her I was tired of roamin'

Goin' to settle down for life

Then I heard the whistle blowin'

And I knew it was the Red Ball Train

And I left that gal beside the railroad

And I never saw the gal again, boy

I never saw the gal again

 

(C) Saw the gal again

I (G) never saw the gal again

Left that gal beside the (D) railroad

(G) And I never saw the (C) gal (G) again

 

Travelled all over the country

I've travelled everywhere

I been on every Branch Line railroad

And I never paid a nickel fare

I been from Maine to Califor'ny

And from Canada to Mexico

I never tried to save no money

And now I got no place to bo, boy

Now I got no place to go

 

Listen to a Boomer's story

Pay attention to what I say

Well, I hear another train a-comin'

Guess I'll be on my way

If you wanna do me a favor

When I lay me down and die

Just dig my grave beside the railroad

So I can hear the trains go by, boys

So I can hear the trains go by

 

Hear the trains go

Hear the trains go by

Just dig my grave beside the railroad

So I can hear the trains go by

 

 

CHERRY BALL BLUES

(Instrumental)

 

 

CROW BLACK CHICKEN

(Laurence Wilson)

(E) - (A) - (B7)

 

(E) Well, I went (A) on the (E) mountain (A)

And I gave my (A) horn a (E) blow (A)

Thought I heard some (A) pretty gal (E) say

"Yonder (A) come my (B7) beau"

 

(E) Crow black (A) chicken (E) and crow for a (A) day

(E) Crow black (A) chicken (E) and fly (B7) away

(E) Crow black (A) chicken (E) and-a ... (A)

(B7) I like chicken (E) pie

 

Well, the hardest work that ever I done

Is plowin' a field of rye

The easiest work that ever I done

Was eatin' chicken pie

 

Chicken crow for midnight

And chicken crow for a day

Along come an owl, Lord, have mercy

And stole my chicken away

 

(E) Crow black (A) chicken (E) and crow for a (A) day

(E) Crow black (A) chicken (E) and fly (B7) away

(E) Crow black (A) chicken (E) and-a ... (A)

(B7) I like chicken (E) pie

 

 

AX SWEET MAMA

(Sleepy John Estes)

(C) - (F) - (G)

 

(C) Well, I ax sweet mama, let me be her kid

She said "I might but I'd like to keep it hid"

Well, she (F) looked at me, she began to smile

She says (C) "I thought I might use you for my man a while

But (F) just don't let my husband catch you (C) there

I say, (G) just don't let my (F) husband catch you (C) there"

 

Well, I went upstairs to pack my leavin' trunk

I never saw no whiskey

The blues made me sloppy drunk

I ain't never saw no whiskey

The blues made me sloppy drunk

Well, I ain't saw no whiskey

The blues made me sloppy drunk

 

(C) Well, some said it was beans, some said it was greens

But it's slow consumption killin' you by degrees

It's slow (F) consumption killin' you by (C) degrees

It's (C) slow consumption (G) killin' you by (F) degrees

 

 

MARIA ELENA

 

TAB

 

 

 

DARK END OF THE STREET

(Instrumental)

(C) - (F) - (G)

 

(C) (G) (C)

(G) (C)

(F) (C)

(F) (G) (C)

(F) (C) (F) (G) (C)

(F) (C) (F) (G) (C)

 

 

RALLY 'ROUND THE FLAG

(Traditional, arranged by Ry Cooder)

(G) - (C) - (D)

 

(G) Yes, we'll rally 'round the flag, boys

(C) Rally once again

(G) Shouting the battle cry of (D) freedom

(G) Rally from the hillsides

(C) Gather from the plain

(G) Shouting the battle cry of (D) free (G) dom

 

(G) The Union forever

Hurrah, boys, hurrah

Down with the traitor

And (D) up with the star

As we (G) rally 'round the flag, boys

(C) Rally once again

(G) Shouting the battle cry of (D) free (G) dom

 

Mine eyes have seen the beauty

Of the land that's bright and fair

Shouting the battle cry of freedom

And my soul looked back and wondered

How we made the journey there

Shouting the battle cry of freedom

 

We will welcome to our numbers

The loyal, true and brave

Shouting the battle cry of freedom

And although we may be poor

Not a man shall be a slave

Shouting the battle cry of freedom

 

The gospel train has brought us

Through the dark and stormy night

Shouting the battle cry of freedom

We can lay our burdens down at last

And walk into the light

Shouting the battle cry of freedom

 

 

COMIN' IN ON A WING AND A PRAYER

(Harold Adamson & Jimmie McHugh)

(C) - (F) - (G)

 

(C) Comin' in on a (G) wing and a (C) prayer

Comin' in on a (F) wing and a (G) prayer

Though there's (C) one motor gone

We can (F) still carry on

Comin' (C) in on a (G) wing and a (C) prayer

 

(C) What a show, what a (G) fight, (C) boys

We really hit our (F) target for to(G)night

How we (C) sing as we (F) limp through (C) the air

Look below, there's our (F) field over (G) there

With our (C) one motor gone

We can (F) still carry on

Comin' (C) in on a (G) wing and a (C) prayer

 

(C) Comin' in on a (G) wing and a (C) prayer

Comin' in on a (F) wing and a (G) prayer

Though there's (C) one motor gone

We can (F) still carry on

Comin' (C) in on a (G) wing and a (C) prayer

 

 

 

PRESIDENT KENNEDY

(Sleepy John Estes)

(C) - (C7) - (F) - (G)

 

(C) Late one Friday evening every(C7)body was sad

We lost the (C) best president we ever had

But he's (G) gone home, gone (C) back home

He's staying (G) away too (C) long

 

Rode from town to town holdin' up for our rights

Some low down rascal took the President's life

But he's gone home, gone back home

He's staying away too long

 

Mrs. Kennedy got a mansion on the Island, stayed 9 months, all she'd be

She have another mansion, soon as she reach Washington, D.C.

But he's gone home, gone back home

He's staying away too long

 

Everybody votes, they don't know what's goin' on

If Goldwater get it, we won't have no home

But he's gone home, gone back home

He's staying away too long

 

While horses and cars all in a row

I think Mr. Kennedy have a right to this long white robe

But he's gone home, gone back home

He's staying away too long

 

 

GOOD MORNING MR. RAILROAD MAN

(Traditional)

Capo on second fret: (C) (G) (F) (Am) (D7) (A7) (G7)

Ry: (D) (A) (G) (Bm) (E7) (B7) (A7)

 

Good (C) morning, (G) Mr. (C) Railroad Man

What (F) time do your trains roll (C) by ?

"At (F) 9:16 and (C) 2:44(Am) and (D7) 25 minutes 'to (G7) 5"

"At (C) 9:16 (G) and (C) 2:44 and (F) 25 minutes 'to (C) 5"

(F) Thank you, Mr. (C) Railroad (A7) Man

I want to (A7) watch your (G7) trains go (C) by

 

Standing on a platform, smoking a cheap cigar

And waiting for an old freight train that carries an empty car

Well, I pulled my hat down over my eyes

And I walked across the tracks

And I caught me the end of an old freight train

And I never did come back

 

Well, I sat down in a gamblin' game

But I could not play my hand

I was thinkin' about the woman I loved

Run away with another man, poor boy

Run away with another man

I was thinking about the woman that I loved

Run away with another man