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Sam Stone  John Prine

[D]Sam Stone came home to the [G]wife and family after ser[A]ving in the [A7]conflict over[D]seas
[D]And the time that he served had [G]shattered all his nerves and [A]left a little [A7]shrapnel in his [D]knee  [G]      [D]
But the [G]morphine eased the pain and the [G]grass grew around his brain
And [E7]gave him all the confidence he [A]lacked, with a [E7]purple heart and a monkey on his [A]back

There's a [D]hole in daddy's arm where all the [Em7]money goes
[G]And Jesus Christ died for nothing [A]I suppose
Little [D]pictures have big ears, don't [Bm]stop to count the years
[E7]Sweet songs never last too long on [A]broken radios hmm [A7]hmm hmm

Sam [D]Stone's welcome home didn't [G]last too long, he [A]went to work when he'd [A7]spent his last [D]dime
And [D]Sammy took to stealing when he [G]got that empty feeling for a [A]hundred dollar [A7]habit without over[D]time
And the [G]gold rolled through his veins like a [G]thousand railroad trains
And [E7]eased his mind in the hours that he [A]chose while the [E7]kids ran around wearing other peoples [A]clothes


Sam [D]Stone was alone when he [G]popped his last balloon [A]climbing walls while [A7]sitting in a [D]chair
Well he [D]played his last request while the [G]room smelled just like death with an [A]overdose [A7]hovering in the [D]air
But [G]life had lost its' fun and there was [G]nothing to be done
But [E7]trade his house that he bought on a GI [A]bill for a [E7]flag draped casket on a local heroes [A]hill


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gmarche (report)

This is how I learned this song but I see one difference from my song sheet. Line 3 of each verse the second G chord should actually be a D...Try it. Sounds much better. Thanks

f4r3w311 (report)

I agree. Put a capo on the 3rd fret if you wish to make it sound like recording. But, I don't think it makes much of a difference if the capo is removed. Just use the same chords shown here, and put a capo on whichever fret to correspond with the key you sing best in. This will make you more comfortable with singing the song instead of trying to sing in a key that John probably sings best/good/great in.

malgernon (report)

the lyrics "little pictures have big ears" is actually "little pitchers have big ears" it is an old term referring to children hear things that adults don't think they hear, and it references the large handles that are often times on small pitchers.... FYI

atonaldan (report)

play with a capo on the 5th fret and play with an open c fingering as the root chord. This will put it in F as in the original recording. You can also keep it in F by putting a capo on the third fret and play it in D as it is written here.