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Reuben James  Kenny Rogers

Reuben James by Kenny Rogers
Written by Kenny Rogers
From Kenny Rogers and the First Edition 1977
Original Key is E
Tabbed by Kellie G (Autobahn)
Intro E
Reuben [E]James
In my [B]song you'll live [E]again
And the [A]phrases that I [E]rhyme
Are just [B]footsteps outta [E]time
From a [A]time when I [E]knew you, [B]Reuben [E]James
Reuben [E]James,
All the folks around Madison [B]County cussed your [E]name
Just a [A]no account share-cropper [E]coloured man
Who'd [B]steal anything he [E]can
And every[A]body laid the [E]blame on [B]Reuben [E]James
Chorus
Reuben [A]James
You still walk the fertile fields of my [E]mind
The faded [A]shirt, the weathered brow
The calloused [E]hands upon the plough
Loved you [D]then and I love you [A]now, Reuben James[E]
Flora G[E]raves,
The gossip of Madison [B]County died with [E]child
And al[A]though your skin was [E]black
You were the [B]one who didn't turn your [E]back
On a [A]hungry white child with [E]no name, [B]Reuben [E]James
Reuben [E]James,
With your mind on my soul and a [B]bible in your right [E]hand
And you said [A]turn the other [E]cheek
There's a [B]better world waitin' for the [E]meek
In my [A]mind these words [E]remain from [B]Reuben [E]James
Repeat chorus
Reuben [A]James
You still walk the fertile fields of my [E]mind
The faded [A]shirt, the weathered brow
The calloused [E]hands upon the plough
Loved you [D]then and I love you [A]now, Reuben James[E]
Third verse key change F
(if you can swing it, otherwise keep in key of E)
Reuben [F]James,
One dark cloudy day they [C]brought you from the [F]field
And to your [Bb]lonely pine box [F]came
Just a [C]preacher me and the [F]rain
To s[Bb]ing one last [F]refrain for [C]Reuben James[F]
Chorus x 2
Reuben [Bb]James
You still walk the fertile fields of my [F]mind
The faded [Bb]shirt, the weathered brow
The calloused [F]hands upon the plough
Loved you [Eb]then and I love you [Ab]now, Reuben [F]James
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