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Sam Stone

John Prine

 DG
 Sam Stone came home to the wife and family 
 AA7D
After serving in the conflict overseas
 DG
 And the time that he served had shattered all his nerves
 AA7DGD
And left a little shrapnel in his knees        
 GG
But the morphine eased the pain and the grass grew around his brain
 E7A
And gave him all the confidence he lacked,
 E7A
With a purple heart and a monkey on his back

 DEm7
There's a hole in daddy's arm where all the money goes
 GA
 And Jesus Christ died for nothing I suppose
 DBm
Little pitchers have big ears, don't stop to count the years
 E7AD
 Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios hmm hmm hmm

 DGAA7D
Sam Stone's welcome home didn't last too long, he went to work when he'd spent his last dime
 DGAA7D
And Sammy took to stealing when he got that empty feeling for a hundred dollar habit without overtime
 GG
And the gold rolled through his veins like a thousand railroad trains
 E7AE7A
And eased his mind in the hours that he chose while the kids ran around wearing other peoples clothes

Chorus

 DGAA7D
Sam Stone was alone when he popped his last balloon climbing walls while sitting in a chair
 DGAA7D
Well he played his last request while the room smelled just like death with an overdose hovering in the air
 GG
But life had lost its' fun and there was nothing to be done
 E7AE7A
But trade his house that he bought on a GI bill for a flag draped casket on a local heroes hill

Chorus


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A A7 Bm D E7 Em7 G
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atonaldan (report comment to admin):
play with a capo on the 5th fret and play with an open c fingering as the root chord.  This will put it in F as in the original recording. You can also keep it in F by putting a capo on the third fret and play it in D as it is written here.
malgernon (report comment to admin):
the lyrics "little pictures have big ears" is actually "little pitchers have big ears" it is an old term referring to children hear things that adults don't think they hear, and it references the large handles that are often times on small pitchers....  FYI
f4r3w311 (report comment to admin):
I agree. Put a capo on the 3rd fret if you wish to make it sound like recording. But, I don't think it makes much of a difference if the capo is removed. Just use the same chords shown here, and put a capo on whichever fret to correspond with the key you sing best in. This will make you more comfortable with singing the song instead of trying to sing in a key that John probably sings best/good/great in.
gmarche (report comment to admin):
This is how I learned this song but I see one difference from my song sheet.  Line 3 of each verse the second G chord should actually be a D...Try it.  Sounds much better.  Thanks