Three rusty nails

Ronnie Bowman

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##>From: "Gary Stevens" ##Transcribed by Gary Lee Stevens
This is a beautiful spiritual song performed in a pure country traditional way...it don't get
no better than this... This is how I play it, any corrections are welcome, I think I have it
pretty close...
lead-in:  A chord, he hits the a-b-d-e strings 4or5x in progression, but you can pick it however suits you...

 CG
      Two  thousand  years  ago  you  sent  your  son...
 C
    you  wanted  us  to  understand...
 CG
    that  who  so  ever  would  believe  in  him...
 C
    would  be  safe  in  his  hands...
 C
chorus:  With  three  rusty  nails  and  an  old  dogwood  tree...
 C
    the  sacrifice  was  made  for  you  and  me...
 CG
    we  were  afraid  to  say  that,  he  was  the  one...
 CD
    what  have  we  done  to  your  son...
 C
2nd   Oh  how  it  hurts  when  someone  laughs  at  you...
 C
    there  words  can  cut  you  like  a  knife...
 CG
    just  think  of  all  the  shame  we  put  him  through...
 C
    guess  he  gave  more  than  his  life...
chorus repeat:
 C
bridge:   Well  we  know  not  what  we  do...
 G
    we  know  not  what  we  say...
 CGC
    we'll  never  know  the  price  he  paid,  to  take  our  sins  away...
chorus repeat:
 C
    With  three  rusty  nails  and  an  old  dogwood  tree...
In the chorus on the phrase, "he was the one" lift your finger on that b string in the A chord on the word "was"...there's a lot of that on this song in all the chords, it's country sweet...Enjoy


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trussman (report comment to admin):
Just few slight changes that I use. In the last line of the 1st and 2nd verses try changing the D to Bm.


Also in the chorus, the last 2 lines:

D Bm
we were afraid to say that, he
E D
was the one...
D E A
what have we done to your son..


And with the bridge, try this:


F#m
Well we know not what we do...
D
we know not what we say...
Bm A
we'll never know the price he paid,
D E
to take our sins away...