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My Name Is Emmett Till  Emmylou Harris


My Name is Emmett Till - Emmylou Harris

Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Standard
Emmylou Harris
My Name is Emmett Till (2011)
(Emmylou Harris)
From: "Hard Bargain"
Sounds like Harris uses an open-D tuning here. If you don't want to retune
so many strings: drop-D is close.

D 2-3-2-0-0-0
G 3-3-0-0-5-5
A 0-2-2-2-0-x
Bm 2-3-4-4-2-x

| D | % | % | % |
[D]I was born a black boy
My [G]name is Emmett Till
[A]Walked this earth for 14 years
[G]One night I was [D]killed
For [D]speaking to a woman
Whose skin was white as dough
That's a [D]sin in Mississippi
But [D]how was I to [A]know?
I'd [D]come down from Chicago
To [G]visit with my kin
Up [A]there I was a cheeky kid
I [G]guess I always [D]been
But the [D]harm they put upon me
Was too [G]hard for what I done
For [D]I was just a black boy
I [A]never hurt no [D]one
[D]Oh oh oh [G]oh oh [D]oh
[D]Oh oh oh [A]oh oh [D]oh
They [D]took me from my uncle's house
[G]Mose Wright was his name
He'd be [A]later standing without hesi[G]tation
Point the [D]blame
At the [D]ones who beat and cut me
And [G]shot me with a gun
And [D]threw me in the river
Like I was [D]trash when they were [A]done
I was [D]sent back to my mother
At least [G]what was left of me
She [A]kept my casket open
For the [G]whole wide world to [D]see
The [D]awful desecration
And the [G]evidence of hate
You [D]could not recognize me
The muti[A]lation was so [D]great
Be[Bm]came a cry for justice then
To be [A]finally fulfilled
All be[G]cause of me, a [D]black boy
My [A]name was Emmett [D]Till
[D]Oh oh oh [G]oh oh [D]oh
[D]Oh oh oh [A]oh oh [D]oh
[D]Oh oh oh [G]oh oh [D]oh
[D]Oh oh oh [A]oh oh [D]oh
Oh, that [D]I had rather lived
Till I was [G]too old to die young
[A]Not miss all I left behind
[G]All that might have [D]come
[D]Summer clouds above my head
The [G]grass beneath my feet
The [D]warmth of a good woman
Her [D]kisses soft and [A]sweet
Per[D]haps to be a father
With a [G]black boy of my own
[A]Watch him grow into a kinder [G]world
Than I had [D]known
Where [D]no child would be murdered
For the [G]color of his skin
And [D]love would be the only thing
In[A]side the hearts of [D]men
They [Bm]say the horror of that night
Is [A]haunting heaven still
Where [G]I am one more [D]black boy
My [A]name is Emmett [D]Till
[D]Oh oh oh [G]oh oh [D]oh
[D]Oh oh oh [A]oh oh [D]oh
[D]Oh oh oh [G]oh oh [D]oh
[D]Oh oh oh [A]oh oh [D]oh

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