Copper

Harry Chapin

 DGDG
 DG
If you were  looking for a way to  get me mad
 DG
It was a  sure fire way you  found
 DGAA7
  Acting like a  half-wit fool,  laying your money  
around
 DG
Well, I   came back to  tell you Lou,
 DG
^?bout  what you almost  did
 AC
Don^?t you  ever put the cash on the  counter, Lou,
 FCG
  when I^?m  with my  kid

 DG
Yeah, the  kid^?s 13, he^?s  growin^? Lou, two years
 DG
And  he^?ll be bigger than  me
 DG
Still he  think^?s I^?m strong as a  blacksmith and
 AA7
  straighter than the tall oak  tree
 DG
 raised him alone ten  years now,
 DG
since his  momma ran  away
 AC
Well, you  ain^?t gonna blow his  image of me
 FCG
With a  stunt like you  pulled  today

chorus
 G
  They took the copper right outta the penny, Lou
 D
They got the  pig locked up in the pen
 E
But you^?re  in big trouble with me, yes, you
 AA7
If you  ever do that  again
 DD7
Ten  bucks a week  protection
 GE
don^?t mean I can^?t knock you  down
 DD/c#D/bD
You got to  treat me  like a  livin^?  saint, Lou
 GG/f#D
  Whenever my son^?s  around
 DGDG

 DGDG
Yeah, the  kid wants to be a  policeman,  just like  me
 DG
You  know he^?ll be a  good one,
 AA7
the  way I started out to  be
 DG
And he  just might end up  police chief,
 G
Now wouldn^?t that be something to  see
 AC
^?Cause then the  kid would kick right- off the force
 FCG
All the  two-bit  grifters like  me  (chorus)

 DG
I guess it  was when my  old lady left me and
 DG
She  took off with a saleman  guy
 DG
 started to see things  differently,
 AA7
cut your  own slice outta the  pie
 DG
Yeah, I  grew up and it came  clear to me,
 DG
all the  smart cops on the  make
 AC
You get a  silver badge not an  old tin star
 FCG
  when you^?re  on the  take

 G
  It^?s pimps and whores, punk gang wars,
 DBm
  Robberies and homicides  
 E
When you  walk the beat with the creeps on the street
 AA7
Well, there  ain^?t no where to  hide
 DD7
I spent  half my life  without no wife
 GE
Ridin^?  heard on the scum of the  earth
 D
I learned the  tricks of
 D/c#D/bD
the  trade from the  gutter  parade
 GG/f#D
And then I  prayed for  all I^?m  worth
 DGDG

 DG
Don^?t you  know I appreciate the  money Lou,
 DG
  Cause it all goes into the  bank
 DG
And when I  send my kid to  college some day
 AA7
He^?ll have  guys like you to  thank
 DG
Yeah,  ten bucks a week on your  grocery store
 DG
Means you  don^?t have to worry ^?bout  crime
 AC
But  hold your money when the  kids with me,
 FCG
You can  pay me  double next  time  (chorus)

Enjoy all.
Ken Reynolds
( ltwu46b@prodigy.com )


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