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Laid a Highway  Tift Merritt

Key: G
Intro: G D C
Verse 1:
[G]This was a town took care of it's own
[D]That's what me and my children have known
[C]I worked the mill the way my parents did
[G]I remember this town when I was a kid
[Bm]Sitting through the movies twice
[C]Open windows late at night
[G]Slipping out in the summer heat
[D]To meet John Miller in the middle of the street
[C]They laid a highway a few years back
[G]Next town over by the railroad track
[D]Some nights, I'm glad it passed us by
[C]Some nights, I sit and watch my hometown die[G] [D] [C]
Verse 2:
[G]I'm fifty-five and when the mill burned down
[D]I wasn't much past a pretty young gal
[C]Boss lit a match in the oily night
[G]Cops never had enough to set it right
So while the [Bm]company traded with our lives
We were [C]busy watching that slow moon rise
[G]Dancing on the high grass ridge
[D]Making love down by the Cedar County Bridge
Repeat Chorus
Instrumental: G D C G D C-
Verse 3:
[G]They never came to tear that old place down
[D]They roped it off, but you can walk around
[C]See the rust on the painted doors
[G]Watch the rain fall through the burned out floors
[Bm]This was a town took care of it's own
[C]This was a town doing fine all alone
[G]The mill got out a quarter to five
You could[D] eat supper with any family you liked
Repeat Chorus
Outro: G D C G D C G

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