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Reuben James  Kenny Rogers

Rueben / James[D] in my / song you'll[A7] live a / gain, and      [D]
The / ph[G]rases that I / rhyme, [D]
Are just / foo[A7]tsteps out-a / time,   [D]
From a / time[G] when I / knew you[D] / Rueben James.[A7]     [-]     [D]

Rueben / James[D] all the folks around Madison / County cussed your / [A7]name.                         [D]
Just a / no [G]account share-cropper / colored man,  [D]
Who'd / stea[A7]l anything he / can, and  [D]
[G]Everybody laid the / blame o[D]n / Rueben Jame[A7]s.   [-]     [D]

Rueben / James[G] you still walk the fertile fields of my / mind,               [D]
Faded / shir[G]t weathered brow,
Calloused / hands[D] upon the plow'
Loved you / then a[C]nd I love you now Rueben / James.              [D]

Flora / Gr[D]aves the gossip of Madison / County died with[A7] / child, and            [D]
Al / t[G]hough your skin was / black,     [D]
You were the / one who[A7] didnt turn your / back,           [D]
On a / hun[G]gry white child with / no name / R[D]ueben James.   [A7]     [-]     [D]

Rueben / James[D] with your mind on my soul and a / bible in your right, / a[A7]nd                         [D]
You said / turn [G]the other / cheek,   [D]
Theres a / bette[A7]r world waitin for the / meek,      [D]
In my / min[G]d these words re - / main from / [D]Rueben James.   [A7]     [-]     [D]


Rueben / James[G] you still walk the fertile fields of my / mind,              [D]
Faded / shir[G]t weathered brow,
Calloused / hands[D] upon the plow'
Loved you / then a[C]nd I love you now Rueben / James.              [D]

Rueben / James[E] one dark cloudy day they / brought you from the [B7]/ field,and                    [E]
To your / lone[A]ly pine box / came,    [E]
Just a / pre[B7]acher me and the / rain,       [E]
To / si[A]ng one last re - / frain f[E]or / Rueben[B7] James[-].    [E]

Rueben / James[A] you still walk the fertile fields of my / mind,               [D]
Faded / shir[A]t weathered brow,
Calloused / hands[E] upon the plow'
Loved you / then a[D]nd I love you now Rueben / James.              [E]

Repeat Chorus and fade out.

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