Coward of the County Kenny Rogers
[C]Ev'ryone considered him the [F]coward of the [C]county.
He'd never stood one single time to prove the county [G]wrong.
His [C]mama named him Tommy, the [F]folks just called him [C]yellow,
but something always told me they were [G]reading Tommy [C]wrong.
[C]He was only ten years old when his [F]daddy died in [C]prison.
I looked after Tommy 'cause he was my brother's [G]son.
I [C]still recall the final words my [F]brother said to [C]Tommy:
"Son, my life is over, but [G]yours is just [C]begun.
[C]Promise me, son, not to [F]do the things I've [C]done.
[C]Walk away from [A]trouble if you [G]can.
[C]It won't mean you're weak if you [F]turn the other [C]cheek.
I hope you're old [D]enough to under[G]stand:
Son, [F]you don't have to [G]fight to be a [C]man."
[C#]There's someone for ev'ryone and [F#]Tommy's love was [C#]Becky.
In her arms he didn't have to prove he was a [G#]man.
One [C#]day while he was workin' the [F#]Gatlin boys came [C#]callin'.
They took turns at Becky.... [spoken] [G#]there were [C#]three of them!
[C#]Tommy opened up the door and [F#]saw his Becky [C#]cryin'.
The torn dress, the shattered look was more than he could [G#]stand.
He [C#]reached above the fireplace and took [F#]down his daddy's [C#]picture.
As his tears fell on his daddy's face, he [G#]heard these words [C#]again:
[C#]"Promise me, son, not to[F#] do the things I've[C#] done.
[F#]Walk away from [C#]trouble if you [G#]can.
[C#]It won't mean you're weak if you [F#]turn the other [C#]cheek.
I hope you're old [C#]enough to under[G#]stand:
Son, [F#]you don't have to [G#]fight to be a [C#]man."
[D]The Gatlin boys just laughed at him when he [G]walked into the [D]barroom.
One of them got up and met him halfway 'cross the [A]floor.
When [D]Tommy turned around they said, "Hey [G]look! ol' yellow's [D]leavin'."
[spoken]But you coulda heard a pin drop when [A]Tommy stopped and [D]locked the door.
[D]Twenty years of crawlin' was [G]bottled up ins[D]ide him.
He wasn't holdin' nothin' back; he let 'em have it [A]all.
When [D]Tommy left the barroom not a [G]Gatlin boy was [D]standin'.
He said, "This one's for Becky," as he [A]watched the last one [D]fall.
[spoken]And I heard him say,
[D]"I promised you, Dad, not to [G]do the things you [D]done.
I[G] walk away from[D]trouble when I [A]can.
Now [D]please don't think I'm weak, I didn't [G]turn the other [D]cheek,
and Poppa, I sure [G]hope you under[A]stand:
Some[A]times you gotta fight when you're a [D]man."
[D]Ev'ryone considered him the [G]coward of the [no cbord]county. [D]