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The Gift  Ian Tyson

Song: The Gift
Sung by: Ian Tyson
CD: Cowboyography
Written by: Ian Tyson
Transcribed by: M. Lawrence
Verse 1.
[C]In old St. Louis over in [F]Missouri[C]
[F]The Mighty Mississippi[C] it rolls and flows[Bb] [G]
A son was born to Ma[C]ry Russell[F] [C]
[F]And it starts the legend ev[C]ery cowboy [G]knows[C]
Verse 2.
[C]Young kid Russell he was born [F]to wander[C]
[F]Ever westward he was bound to r[C]oam[Bb] [G]
Just a kid of sixteen i[C]n 1880[F] [C]
Up in wild Montana h[C]e found his h[G]ome[C]
[C]God made Montana f[Am]or the wild man[C]
For the Peigon a[Am]nd Sioux and Crow[Am7] [Dm]
But He saved his greatest gift for Charlie[C]
Said get her all down before [Dm]she goes---Charlie[C]
[C]You gotta get her all down cause she's bound to go
Verse 3.
God hung the stars over Judith Basin
God put the magic in yound Charlie's hand
All was seen and all remembered
Every shining mountain every longhorn brand
Verse 4.
He could paint the light on horsehide shining
Great passing herds of the buffalo
And a cowcamp cold on a rainy morning
And the twisting wrist of the Houlihan throw
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Verse 5.
When the Lord called Charlie to His home up yonder
He said Kid Russell I got a job for you
You're in charge of sunsets in old Montana
Cause I can't paint them quite as good as you
A[F]nd when you're done---we'll go out and have a few[G]
A[F]nd Nancy Russell will make sure it's just two[G]
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