Boy From Oklahoma

Willis Alan Ramsey

 DG
Travelin' across the country
 AD
playin' on the circuit line
 DBm
sometimes I think about a man
 E7A
who was here before my time.
 GD
Named for the 28th president
 GA
with a Guthrie tacked to the end.
 DA
born in Okemah shoes
 CG
with the Dust Bowl blues,
 D
a friend of the working man.
 DG
Now he wasn't partial to New York buildings
 AD
that tried to touch the sky
 DBmE7A7
West Virginia coal mines that took so many lives
 GD
for the way they drove the migrant workers
 GA
back over into Mexico way.
 DA
and the scabs they run
 CG
when they heard he'd come
 D
and the bosses started to pray.

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 GA
Just a boy from Oklahoma
 DBm
on an endless one-night stand
 GA
wan'drin' and a-ramblin'
 DBm
driftin' with the midnight sand.
 GA
He played the blues and the ballads
 DG
and all that came between
 Em
his heart was in the Union
 CA
and his soul was reachin' out
 DAmD
for the servant's dream.        

 DG
Now I was talking to a man that met him
 AD
in a bar near Clovis town. 
 DBm
He said the whole place was a-shakin'
 E7A7
as he was passing his songs around.
 GD
 In between the tunes he asked him
 GA
where he'd be when the morrow came
 DA
He said through his grin,
 CG
I put my thumb in the wind
 D
and I'm off down the road again.

Chorus:

 GA
Just a boy from Oklahoma
 DBm
on an endless one-night stand
 GA
I wander and I ramble
 DBm
and I drift with the midnight sand.
 GA
I play the blues and the ballads
 DG
and all that comes between
 Em
my heart is in the Union
 CA
and my soul is reachin' out
 DAmD
for the servant's dream.            

 DG
Now you know that Woody Guthrie
 AD
Is dead and buried in the ground
 DBm
Sometimes I sing his songs
 E7A7
and I get to thinkin' that he's still around.
 GD
I'll hold that his fires everlastin'
 GA
Testify that his voice has rung true
 DA
and the ramblin' man's ris'
 CG
and the kingdom's his
 D
but his songs are for me and you.

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