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Reuben James  Kenny Rogers

Rueben James 4/4 Kenny Rogers
Standard Tuning No Capo Reworked by Ken Lee kandvlee@shaw.ca
Rueben / Jam[/]es[D] in my / song you'[/]ll[A7] live a / gain, and[/] [D]
The / [/]ph[G]rases that I / rhyme[/],[D]
Are just / f[/]oo[A7]tsteps out-a / time,[/] [D]
From a / ti[/]me[G] when I / knew y[/]ou[D] / Rueben Jame[/]s.[A7] [-] [D]
Rueben / Jam[/]es[D] all the folks around Madison / County cussed your [/]/ [A7]name.[/] [D]
Just a / n[/]o [G]account share-cropper / colored man,[/] [D]
Who'd / st[/]ea[A7]l anything he / can, and[/] [D]
[G]Everybody laid the / blame[/] o[D]n / Rueben Ja[/]me[A7]s.[-] [D]
Rueben / Jam[/]es[G] you still walk the fertile fields of my / mind,[/] [D]
Faded / sh[/]ir[G]t weathered brow,
Calloused / han[/]ds[D] upon the plow'
Loved you / then[/] a[C]nd I love you now Rueben / James.[/] [D]
Flora / [/]Gr[D]aves the gossip of Madison / County died wi[/]th[A7] / child, and[/] [D]
Al /[/] t[G]hough your skin was / black,[/] [D]
You were the / one w[/]ho[A7] didnt turn your / back,[/] [D]
On a / h[/]un[G]gry white child with / no name /[/] R[D]ueben James.[/] [A7] [-] [D]
Rueben / Jam[/]es[D] with your mind on my soul and a / bible in your right, /[/] a[A7]nd[/] [D]
You said / tur[/]n [G]the other / cheek,[/] [D]
Theres a / bet[/]te[A7]r world waitin for the / meek,[/] [D]
In my / m[/]in[G]d these words re - / main from [/]/ [D]Rueben James.[/] [A7] [-] [D]
Rueben / Jam[/]es[G] you still walk the fertile fields of my / mind,[/] [D]
Faded / sh[/]ir[G]t weathered brow,
Calloused / han[/]ds[D] upon the plow'
Loved you / then[/] a[C]nd I love you now Rueben / James.[/] [D]
Rueben / Jam[/]es[E] one dark cloudy day they / brought you from th[/]e [B7]/ field,and[/] [E]
To your / lo[/]ne[A]ly pine box / came,[/] [E]
Just a / p[/]re[B7]acher me and the / rain,[/] [E]
To / [/]si[A]ng one last re - / frain[/] f[E]or / Rueb[/]en[B7] James[-].[E]
Rueben / Jam[/]es[A] you still walk the fertile fields of my / mind,[/] [D]
Faded / sh[/]ir[A]t weathered brow,
Calloused / han[/]ds[E] upon the plow'
Loved you / then[/] a[D]nd I love you now Rueben / James.[/] [E]
Repeat Chorus and fade out.

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