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Coward Of The County

Kenny Rogers

 ADEE7
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Capo 3rd Fret

(In a moderate country half-time)

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

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

 AEA
 Promise me, son, not to do the things I've done.
 DAE
 Walk away from trouble if you can.
 ADA
 It won't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek.
 DE
I hope you're old enough to understand:
 E7A
Son, you don't have to fight to be a man."

 Slide capo to 4tb fret

 ADA
 There's someone for ev'ryone and Tommy's love was Becky.
 E
In her arms he didn't have to prove he was a man.
 ADA
One day while he was workin' the Gatlin boys came callin'.
 Spoken
                           E   A
They took turns at Becky.... There was three of them!

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

 AEA
 "Promise me, son, not to do the things I've done.
 DAE
 Walk away from trouble if you can.
 ADA
 It won't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek.
 DE
I hope you're old enough to understand:
 E7A
Son, you don't have to fight to be a man."

 Slide capo to 5tb fret

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

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

 ADA
 "I promised you, Dad, not to do the things you done.
 E
I walk away from trouble when I can.
 ADA
Now please don't think I'm weak, I didn't turn the other cheek,
 DE
and Papa, I sure hope you understand:
 E7A
Sometimes you gotta fight when you're a man."

 No cbords
A                           D                 A
Ev'ryone considered him the coward of the county.

From: raybailey@mistral.co.uk (Raymond Bailey)
Subject: CRD: C&W Coward Of The County
Date: Sat, 07 Oct 1995 04:51:14 GMT

COWARD OF THE COUNTY

|C | |F |C |
Ev'ry one con-sidered him the coward of the county
| | | |G |
He never stood one single time to prove the county wrong
|C | |F |C |
His momma named him Tommy the folks just called him yellow
| | | G7 |C |
Something always told me they were readin' Tommy wrong

| | |F |C |
He was only ten years old when his daddy died in prison
| | | |G |
I looked after Tommy 'cos he was my brothers son
|C | |F |C |
I still recall the final words my brother said to Tommy
| | | G7 |C |
Son my life is over but yours has just beg-un

|C | G7 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 | G7 C |F |C
Now it won't mean your weak if you turn the other cheek
|F |G
I hope your old enough to under-stand
|Dm7 |G7 |C |
you don't have to fight to be a man

|D | |G |D
There's someone for every one and Tommys love was Becky
| | | |A |
In her arms he didn't have to prove he was a man
|D | |G |D |
One day while he was workin' the Gatlin boys came callin'
| | | |A7 |D
They took turns at Becky There was three of them

| | |G |D |
Tommy open up the door and saw his Becky cryin'
| | | |A |
The torn dress the shattered look was more than he could stand
|D | |G |D |
He reached above the fire place and took down his daddys picture
| | | A |D
as the tears fell on his Daddys face he heard these words a-gain

| | A D |G |
Promise me son not to do the things I've done
| |D |
walk away from trouble if you can
| | A D |G |
Now it don't mean your weak if you turn the other cheek
|D |G |A |
I hope your old en-ough to understand
| | A7 |D
Son you don't have to fight to be a man

|D | |C |D
The Gatlin boys just laughed at him when he walked into the bar room
| | | | |
one of them got up and met him half way 'cross the floor
|D | |G |D |
when Tommy turned around they said Hey look ol' Yellows leaving
| A7
But you could-a heard a pin drop when Tommy stopped and blocked the
door
|D | |G |D |
Twenty years of crawlin' was bottled up in-side him
| | | |A |
he wasn't holdin' nothin' back he let 'em have it all
|D | |G |D |
when Tommy left the Bar room not a Gatlin boy was standin'
| |A7
He said this one's for Becky as he watched the last one fall
And I heard him say.
|D | A7 D |G |D
I promised you Dad not to do the things you done
|G |D |A7
I walk away from trouble when I can
|D | A7 D |G |D |
now please don't think I'm weak I did-n't turn the other cheek
| |G |A |A7 |
and Popa I sure hope you understand some-times you've gotta fight
|D |
when your a man
| | |G |D
Every one considered him the coward of the county

Ray From Sussex England.


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