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Navajo Rug  Tom Russell

[G]Well it's three eggs up on whiskey toast
[Am]Homefries on the side
[C]Wash it down with truckstop coffee
[D]Burns up your inside
Just a [G]Canyon, Colorado diner
And a [Am]waitress I did love
We [C]sat in the back  'neath an old stuffed bear
And a [D]worn out Navajo rug
Well old [G]Jack the boss he'd close at six
Then it's [Am]Katie bar the door
[C]She'd pull down that Navajo rug
And she'd [D]spread it 'cross the floor
Hey I saw l[G]ightning in the sacred mountains
Saw the [Am]dance of the turtle doves
[C]Lyin' next to Katie
On [D]that old Navajo rug

[G]Ai-yi-yi, [Em]Katie, [C]shades of red and [D]blue
Ai-yi-[G]yi, [Em]Katie
[C]Whatever became of the Navajo rug and [G]you? [Em]     [C]    [D]

Well I [G]saw old Jack about a year ago
He said the [Am]place burned to the ground
And [C]all he saved was an old bear tooth
And [D]Katie she left town
But [G]Katie she got her a souvenir too
Jack [Am]spat out a tabacco plug
He said "You [C]shoulda seen her runnin' through the smoke
[D]Draggin' that Navajo rug."
Repeat Chorus

Now [G]everytime I cross the sacred mountains
And [Am]lightning breaks above
It [C]always takes me back in time
To my [D]long lost Katie love
Ah but [G]everything keeps on movin'
And [Am]everyone's on the go
They [C]don't make things that last anymore
Like a [D]double-woven Navajo

Repeat Chorus

[Em]Katie, [C]shades of red and [D]blue
Ay-yi-[G]yi, [Em]Katie
[C]Whatever became of the Navajo rug and [G]you? [Em]    [C]    [D]   [G]

>From the album Song Of The West - The Cowboy Collection 1997
HMG/Hightone Records. This is a softer acoustic version than found on
previous Tom Russell or Ian Tyson albums
Transcribed by: Greg Yuriy
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