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Coward of the County

Kenny Rogers

 CFC
 Ev'ryone considered him the coward of the county.
 G
He'd never stood one single time to prove the county wrong.
 CFC
His mama named him Tommy, the folks just called him yellow,
 GC
but something always told me they were reading Tommy wrong.

 CFC
 He was only ten years old when his daddy died in prison.
 G
I looked after Tommy 'cause he was my brother's son.
 CFC
still recall the final words my brother said to Tommy:
 GC
"Son, my life is over, but yours is just begun.

 CFC
 Promise me, son, not to do the things I've done.
 CAG
 Walk away from trouble if you can.
 CFC
 It won't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek.
 DG
I hope you're old enough to understand:
 FGC
Son, you don't have to fight to be a man."

 C#F#C#
 There's someone for ev'ryone and Tommy's love was Becky.
 G#
In her arms he didn't have to prove he was a man.
 C#F#C#
One day while he was workin' the Gatlin boys came callin'.
 spokenG#C#
They took turns at Becky....  there were three of them!

 C#F#C#
 Tommy opened up the door and saw his Becky cryin'.
 G#
The torn dress, the shattered look was more than he could stand.
 C#F#C#
He reached above the fireplace and took down his daddy's picture.
 G#C#
As his tears fell on his daddy's face, he heard these words again:

 C#F#C#
 "Promise me, son, not to do the things I've done.
 F#C#G#
 Walk away from trouble if you can.
 C#F#C#
 It won't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek.
 C#G#
I hope you're old enough to understand:
 F#G#C#
Son, you don't have to fight to be a man."

 DGD
 The Gatlin boys just laughed at him when he walked into the barroom.
 A
One of them got up and met him halfway 'cross the floor.
 DGD
When Tommy turned around they said, "Hey look! ol' yellow's leavin'."
 spokenAD
 But you coulda heard a pin drop when Tommy stopped and locked the door.

 DGD
 Twenty years of crawlin' was bottled up inside him.
 A
He wasn't holdin' nothin' back; he let 'em have it all.
 DGD
When Tommy left the barroom not a Gatlin boy was standin'.
 AD
He said, "This one's for Becky," as he watched the last one fall.
 spoken
 And I heard him say,

 DGD
 "I promised you, Dad, not to do the things you done.
 GDA
I walk away fromtrouble when I can.
 DGD
Now please don't think I'm weak, I didn't turn the other cheek,
 GA
and Poppa, I sure hope you understand:
 AD
Sometimes you gotta fight when you're a man."
 DGno cbordD
 Ev'ryone considered him the coward of the county. 


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