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Chain Gang  Johnny Cash

KEY: A
INTRO: A D E A
VERSE:
[A]I was just a kid [D]roaming around
[E]Traveling thru a [A]little old town
[A]A man walked up and said [D]come with me
[A]Your [E]broken son that's [A]vagrancy
A care-free lad that loved to roam but
Lawd I wish I'd-a stayed at home
The way it looks I'll probably hang
Cause there ain't no hope on a chain gang
CHORUS:
I [D]dig that ditch I [A]chop that corn
I [E]curse the day that [A]I was born
[A]I believe it's better for a [D]man to hang
[D]Than to [E]work like a dog on a [A]chain gang
BREAK: A D E A
VERSE:
The guard stands there with a great big gun
I bet he'd love to see me run
And I guess I probably will someday
I'd rather be dead than to live this way
He's well-fed and he's six-foot tall
And he's the meanest of them all
He cracks that whip and he swings that cane
That sun must've touched his brain
CHORUS:
I dig that ditch I chop that corn
I curse the day that I was born
I believe it's better for a man to hang
Than to work like a dog on a chain gang
BREAK: A D E A D E A
VERSE:
I got a gal back home that's sweet and kind
But she's been waiting a long long time
I just told her to forget my name
I won't ever live down the shame
Lord deliver me from his hole
Before I lose my mind and soul
The flesh gets weak and the back gets broke
There ain't no cause to laugh and joke
CHORUS:
I dig that ditch I chop that corn
I curse the day that I was born
I believe it's better for a man to hang
Than to work like a dog on a chain gang
Work like a dog on a chain gang
Work like a dog on a chain gang

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