Best The Highwaymen Songs

18 Best The Highwaymen Songs (list with chords & lyrics)

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Born And Raised In Black And White

Born And Raised In Black And White Guitar Chords & Lyrics
INTRO
E A E A E A E A
 
VERSE 1
    E
The wind blows hard across the Texas plains
 
Makes some people go insane
      Dbm            A        E
While others quietly pray for rain
A            E       B
That's where we came from
 
E
Two boys playing in the burnin' sun
 
One with books, one with guns
Dbm         A            E
Mama calls, but just one comes
    A              E
The other one runs
 
CHORUS
       Dbm       A        B         E
In the christian sense of wrong and right
        A        E         B         E
We were born and raised in black and white
    Dbm        A         B          E
One learned to pray, one learned to fight
        A        E             B         E     A
We were born and raised in the black and white
                 E         B         E      A
We were born and raised in black and white
 
VERSE 2
E
Brother took to the gospel road
 
Spent his whole life savin' souls
        Dbm               A         E
When he looked at me, his blood ran cold
   A               B
He didn't even try
 
  E
I had no dreams, I had no plans
 
But a gun felt good in my right hand
    Dbm                         A           E
The warden asked, "How come you killed that man"
           A                E
I said, "I don't know why"
 
CHORUS
Dbm      A               B       E
"Welcome home," said the hot moonlight
        A        E         B         E
We were born and raised in black and white
    Dbm      A         B         E
One lives to pray, one prays for life
        A        E         B         E
We were born and raised in black and white
        A        E         B         E
We were born and raised in black and white
 
INSTRUMENTAL
D A D A E B E
D A D A B
 
VERSE 3
E
Someone handed me a cigarette
 
They offered me my last request
  Dbm             A       E
I asked my mortal soul be blessed
   A       E        B
By someone close to me
 
E
He came to me with trembling hands
 
He swore he'd never understand
  Dbm                   A        E
I said, "It's just what life had planned"
     A       E
It's destiny
 
CHORUS
      Dbm        A        B    E
Don't waste your tears on me tonight
        A        E         B         E
We were born and raised in black and white
  Dbm       A         B          E
I chose the dark, you chased the light
        A        E         B         E
We were born and raised in black and white
        A        E         B         E
We were born and raised in black and white
 
VERSE 4
E
Wind blows hard across the Texas plains
 
Makes some people go insane
      Dbm            A        E
While others quietly pray for rain
 
OUTRO
A E A E A E
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Live Forever

Live Forever Guitar Chords & Lyrics
INTRO
G Em C D G x2
 
 
VERSE 1 (Willie Nelson then Kris Kristofferson)
G
I'm gonna live forever
Em
I'm gonna cross that river
C           D              G
I'm gonna catch tomorrow now
 
You're gonna want to hold me
Em
Just like I always told you
C             D                G
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
 
 
VERSE 2 (all together)
C                     G
Nobody here will ever find me
D                      G
But I will always be around
C                              G
Just like the songs I leave behind me
D                       G
I'm gonna live forever now
 
 
VERSE 3 (Waylon Jennings then Johnny Cash)
G
You fathers and you mothers
Em
Be good to one another
C               D                   G
Please try to raise your children right
 
Don't let the darkness take 'em
Em
Don't make 'em feel forsaken
C                D             G
Just lead them safely to the light
 
 
VERSE 4 (all together)
C                              G
When this old world is blown asunder
D                                G
And all the stars fall from the sky
C                         G
Remember someone really loves you
D                          G
We'll live forever you and I
 
 
OUTRO (all together)
G
I'm gonna live forever
Em
I'm gonna cross that river
C          D              G
I'm gonna catch tomorrow now
 
G
I'm gonna live forever
Em
I'm gonna cross that river
C          D              G
I'm gonna catch tomorrow now
 
G
I'm gonna live forever
Em
I'm gonna cross that river
C          D              G
I'm gonna catch tomorrow now
 
 
[Fade out]
G Em C D G
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City Of New Orleans Live

City Of New Orleans Live Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Capo: 2nd fret

VERSE 1
C             G             C
Ridin' on the City of New Orleans
    Am            F              C
Illinois Central, Monday mornin' rail.
C                G                 C
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders,
      Am             G                    C
Three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail.
     Am                             Em
All along a southbound odyssey, the train pulls out of Kankakee,
    G                                   D
And rolls along past houses, farms, and fields.
    Am                                           Em
And passin' trains that have no names and freightyards filled with old black men:
        G                 G7           C
And the graveyards of the rusted automobiles.
 
CHORUS
F              G           C
Good mornin', America! How are you?
     Am                 F               C    G
Say, Don't you know me? I'm your native son!
        C                   G           Am G  D
I'm the train they call the City of New Or----leans;
        Bb        Dm      G                     C
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done!
 
VERSE 2
        C              G                      C
Dealin' cards with the old men in the club car;
Am                         F             C
Penny a point, there ain't no one keepin score.
    C              G                      C
And pass the paper bag that holds the bottle;
Am              G                       C
Feel the wheels rumblin' 'neath the floor.
        Am                              Em
And the sons of Pullman porters and the sons of engineers
           G                             D
Ride their fathers' magic carpet made of steel.
            Am                         Em
And mothers with their babes asleep rockin' to the gentle beat,
        G             G7                C
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel.
 
CHORUS
F              G           C
Good mornin', America! How are you?
     Am                 F               C    G
Say, Don't you know me? I'm your native son!
        C                   G           Am G  D
I'm the train they call the City of New Or----leans;
        Bb        Dm      G                     C
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done!
 
INSTRUMENTAL
 
F  G  C
Am  F  C  G
C  G  Am Am7 D
Bb  F  G  C
 
VERSE 3
C                G                  C
Nighttime on the City of New Orleans;
     Am             F              C
Changin' cars in Memphis, Tennessee.
C                    G                 C
Half-way home; we'll be there by mornin'
                  Am             G                   C
Through the Mississippi darkness rollin' down to the sea.
        Am                            Em
But the towns and people seem to just fade into a bad dream,
        G                                 D
And the steel rails still ain't heard the news.
      Am                                   Em
Conductor sing your songs again, and passengers will please refrain;
     G                      G7               C
This train has got the dissapearin' railroad blues.
 
CHORUS
F              G           C
Good mornin', America! How are you?
Am                 F               C    G
Don't you know me? I'm your native son!
        C                   G           Am G  D
I'm the train they call the City of New Or----leans;
            Bb        Dm      G                     C
And I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done!
            Bb        Dm      G                     C
And I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done!
            Bb        Dm      G                          C
And I'll be gone five hundred mi----les when the da----y is done!
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Welfare Line

Welfare Line Guitar Chords & Lyrics
          D
Well, now boys, I've been to Bethlehem.
                          G
Rode there on a big steam train.
                        D
Lost two fingers in the steel mills.
      A                D
And I ain't going back again.
 
 
  D
I fought for my country,
                     G
Lord knows, I did my best.
                     D
Crawlin' 'cross some foreign field,
     A                     D
They pinned a ribbon to my chest.
 
 
 
CHORUS
 
G
So, pass around the bottle, boys,
                     D
Let's talk about old times.
        D
Night's rollin' in, it's cold as sin,
A                   D
Here on the welfare line.
 
 
 
D
Served on the Georgia Road Gang.
                         G
Couldn't pay the debts I owed.
                         D
'Cause I'm ain't made of silver,
      A                   D
And I ain't never seen no gold.
 
 
D
I still remember Rachael,
                 G
Soft as a velvet gown.
                      D
They layed her in the pauper's grave,
       A             D
On the other side of town.
 
 
 
(Repeat Chorus)
 
 
BREAK
 
D      G      D   A   D
 
 
 
    D
Now some folks are born to money,
                     G
You know I wish them well.
                         D
If the devil should ever want my soul,
  A               D
I swear I'd never sell.
 
 
(Repeat Chorus 2x)
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Living Legend

Living Legend Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Chorus:
         F                                             C/G
    Was it bitter then,with our backs against the wall
         G                                        C/G
    Were we better men,then we'd ever been before
         F                                                         C/G
    Say if she came again today,would you still answer to the call
         G                                           C/G
    Tell the truth my friend,don't it matter anymore
 
 
Verse 1:
         F                                           C/G
    We were simple men,by her side when she was born
         G                                            C/G
    It was simple then,like the freedom when you fall
         F                                                         C/G
    We were smaller then you see,but soon we gathered like a storm
          G                                              C/G
    They don't understand what that thunder meant at all
 
 
Verse 2:
         F                                      C/G
    Was he crucified,was he done in by the law
         G                                        C/G
    Are you satisfied that he'll never ride again
         F                                                    C/G
    Some people say he got away,they say he never died at all
         G                                           C/G
    If that story's true,does it bother you my friend
 
 
Chorus.
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Big River

Big River Guitar Chords & Lyrics
  E
I taught the weepin' willow how to cry, cry, cry.
                                          F#         B7
And I showed the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky.
        E                                           A
And the tears that I cried for that woman are gonna flood you, big river.
    E                   B7           E
And I'm gonna sit right here until I die.
 
 
  E
I met her accidentally in St. Paul, Minnesota.
                                          F#              B7
And it tore me up every time I heard her drawl, southern drawl.
      E                                     A
And I heard my dream, Went back downstream, cavortin' in Davenport,
      E                 B7              E
And I followed you, big river, when she called.
 
 
 
BREAK
 
E    A
E B7 E
 
 
    E
Oh, she took me to St. Louie later on, down the river.
                                             F#              B7
Freighter said, "She's been here, but she's gone, boy, she's gone."
      E                                   A
And I found her trail in Memphis, but she just walked up the club.
             E            B7           E
Raised a few eyebrows and went on down alone.
 
 
 
        E
Well, I pulled into Natches next day down river,
                                                  F#        B7
But there wasn't much there to make the rounders stay very long.
       E                      A
When I left it was rainin' so nobody saw me cry.
    E              B7            E
Big river, why she doin' me this way?
 
 
 
BREAK
 
E    A
E B7 E
 
 
 
               E
Now, won't you batter down by Baton Rouge, River Queen, roll it on.
                                  F#           B7
Take that woman on down to New Orleans, New Orleans.
       E                        A
Go on, I've had enough, dump my blues down in the gulf.
    E              B7               E
She loves you, big river, more than me.
 
 
 
  E
I taught the weepin' willow how to cry, cry, cry.
                                            F#        B7
And I showed the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky.
        E                                           A
And the tears that I cried for that woman are gonna flood you, big river.
    E                   B7           E
And I'm gonna sit right here until I die.
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Silver Stallion

Silver Stallion Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Verse 1:(Kris Kristofferson)
           E                        A          E                         A
     I'm gonna steal a silver stallion,with not a mark upon his silky hide
           E                              A        E                          A
    Teach him he can trust me like a brother,one day we'll saddle up and ride
 
 
Chorus:(All together with the lead voice of Johnny Cash)
                       G#m              C#m
    And we're gonna ride,we're gonna ride
           A
    Ride like the one eyed jack of diamonds with the devil close behind
                     G#m
    We're gonna ride
 
 
Verse 2:(Waylon Jennings)
           E                         A         E                        A
    I'm gonna find me a reckless woman,razor blades and dice in her eyes
           E                            A          E                          A
    Just a touch of sadness in her fingers,thunder and lightening in her thighs
 
 
Chorus.
 
 
Verse 3:(Willie Nelson)
           E                      A          E                                 A
    I'm gonna chase the sky forever,with the woman and the stallion and the wind
           E                          A        E                          A
    The sun is gonna burn into a cinder,before we ever pass this way again
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American Remains

American Remains Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Capo: 1st fret

VERSE 1
(Johnny Cash)
 
Am                                        F
I am a shotgun rider for the San Jacinto line
       C                                          G
The desert is my brother, my skin is cracked and dry
   Am                                           F
I was riding on a folk coach, and everything was fine
C                                    G
Til we took a shorter road to save some time
         F                                       Am
The bandits only fired once, they shot me in the chest
C                                                    G
They  may have wounded me, but they`ll never get the best
          Fmaj7                Am
Of better men, cause I`ll ride again.
 
 
VERSE 2
(Waylon Jennings)
 
Am                                             F
I am a river gambler, I make a livin` dealin` cards
C                                                        G
My clothes are smooth and honest, my heart is cold and hard
Am                                              F
I was shufflin` for some delta boys on the boat for New Orelans
C                                    G
I was the greatest shark they`d ever seen
F                                        Am
But the Captain bumped a sandbar, and an ace fell from my sleeve
C                                            G
The threw me overboard as I swore I didn`t cheat
          Fmaj7                 Am
But I could swim, and I`ll ride again
 
 
CHORUS
 
C                                       G
We are heros of the homeland, American remains
F                               Am
We live in many faces and answer many names
      C                                     G
We will not be forgotten, we won`t be left behind
 Dm                                G
Our memories live on in mortal minds
          Fmaj7              Am
And poet`s pens, we`ll ride again
 
 
VERSE 3
(Willie Nelson)
 
Am                                               F
I am a mid-west farmer, I make a livin` off the land
 C                                           G
I ride a John Deer tractor, I am a liberated man
Am                                              F
But the rain it hasn`t fallen, since the middle of July
C                                       G
And if it don`t come soon my crops will die
F                                        Am
The bank man says he likes me, but there`s nothin` he can do
C                                                       G
He tells me that he`s comin`, but the clouds are comin` too
             Fmaj7                Am
He ain`t my friend, and I`ll ride again.
 
 
VERSE 4
(Kris Kristofferson)
 
Am                                   F
I am an American Indian, my tribe is Cherokee
       C                                              G
My forefathers loves this land, they left it here for me
        Am                                              F
But the white man came with boats and trains and dirty factories
C                                    G
And poisoned my existence with his deeds
F                                        Am
Nature is our mother, we are suckling at her breast
C                                                       G
And he who tries to beat her down will lose her to the rest
            Fmaj7              Am
They`ll never win, I`ll ride again
 
 
CHORUS
 
C                                       G
We are heros of the homeland, American remains
F                               Am
We live in many faces and answer many names
      C                                         G
We will not be forgotten, we won`t be left behind
        Dm                                    G
Our memories live on in mortal minds
           Fmaj7               Am
And poet`s pens, we`ll ride again
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Highwayman

Highwayman Guitar Chords & Lyrics
INTRO
 
| Bm   | Bm   | Bm   | Bm   |
 
 
VERSE 1 (Willie Nelson)
 
Bm         A                     G                 Bm
   I was a highwayman, along the coach roads I did ride
A                G      D     A
  With sword and pistol by my side
Em              Bm            A             G
   Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade
Em        Bm                A              G
   Many a soldier shed his lifeblood on my blade
Bm              A              G         A      D
   The bastards hung me in the spring of twenty five
    G           A       A
But I am still alive
 
 
VERSE 2 (Kris Kristofferson)
 
Bm         A             G             Bm
   I was a sailor, I was born upon the tide
A          G      D    A
  With the sea, I did abide
Em            Bm                 A           G
   I sailed a schooner round the horn to Mexico
Em         Bm                  A             G
   I went aloft and furled the mainsail in a blow
Bm              A                     G         A     D
   And when the yards broke off, they said that I got killed
    G           A        A
But I am living still
 
 
VERSE 3 (Waylon Jennings)
 
Bm           A                   G              Bm
   I was a dam builder, across a river deep and wide
A                 G     D      A
  Where steel and water did collide
Em                Bm             A        G
   A place called Boulder on the wild Colorado
Em               Bm             A               G
   I slipped and fell into the wet concrete below
Bm             A               G         A       D
   They buried me in that gray tomb that knows no sound
    G           A
But I am still around
 
 
BRIDGE (All)
 
                D           A/C#        Bm          A
I'll always be around, and around, and around, and around,
     G           D/F#     Em           G A D
and around, and around ...
 
 
VERSE 4 (Johnny Cash)
 
Bm            A                   G          Bm
   I'll fly a starship 'cross the universe divide
A            G         D     A
  And when I reach the other side
Em             Bm               A           G
   I'll find a place to rest my spirit if I can
Em           Bm               A       G
   Perhaps I may become a highwayman again
Bm          A           G      A       D
   Or I may simply be a single drop of rain
G            A
But I will remain
 
 
OUTRO (All)
 
                  D          A/C#       Bm         A
And I'll be back again, and again, and again, and again,
     G          D/F#     Em           G A D
and again, and again ...
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Luckenbach Texas Live

Luckenbach Texas Live Guitar Chords & Lyrics
    2nd Verse Riff
E|------------------------0----------------------0----|
B|------------------------0----------------------2----|
G|------------------------1----------------------2----|
D|------------------------2----------------------2----|
A|-/5-4--2----0-----------2----------------------0----|
E|-----------------4--2---0---------------------------|
  "maybe it's time we got down to some basics of love"
 
***The 1st verse is spoken word, picking base notes where indicated***
 
VERSE 1
                              E5                      A5
Well the only three things in life that make it worth living
                          E5           A5
Guitars a tuned, good and firm feeling women, women
                E5                  A5
I don't need my name in the marquee lights,
                    E5                A5
I got my song and I got you with me tonight,
                       E5          B5        A
Maybe it's time we got back to the basics of love,
 
CHORUS
            A                                               D
Let's go to Luckenbach Texas with Waylon and Willie and the boys
     E                                   E7                             A
This successful life we're living got us feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys
                                                          Bm7                     E
Between Hank Williams pain songs, Newberry's train songs, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
                         E7                      A
Out in Luckenbach Texas, ain’t nobody feeling no pain.
 
Bm7  E7
 
VERSE 2
A                                   Bm7                E               A
Babe let's sell your diamond rings, buy some boots and faded jeans and go away
                                   Bm7       E           A
This coat and tie is killing me in your high society you cry all day
                                              D                         Bm7
We've been so busy keeping up with the Jones’ four-car garage and we're still building on
Riff                   E                      A
Maybe it's time we got down to some basics of love.
 
INTERLUDE
A  D | E E7 A | Bm7 E | E7 A|
 
CHORUS
            A                                                D
Let's go to Luckenbach, Texas with Waylon and Willie and the boys
     E                                   E7                             A
This successful life we're living got us feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys,
                                                          Bm7                    E
Between Hank Williams pain songs, Newberry's train songs, Blue Eyes Cryin in the Rain,
                          E7                      A
Out in Luckenbach, Texas, ain’t nobody feeling no pain.
 
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The Devils Right Hand

The Devils Right Hand Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Verse 1:(Johnny Cash)
            E
    About the time that daddy left to fight the big war
                                              B
    I saw my first pistol in the general store
 
    In the general store,when i was thirteen
                                                    E
    Thought it was the finest thing i ever had seen
 
 
Verse 2:(Willie Nelson)
           E
    So i asked if i could have one some day when i grew up
                                                 B
    Mama dropped a dozen eggs,she really blew up
 
    She really blew up and i didn't understand
                                                   E
    Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand
 
 
Chorus:(All together)
                A                   E
    The devil's right hand,the devil's right hand
             B                        E
    Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand
 
 
Verse 3:(Kris Kristofferson)
            E
    My very first pistol was a cap and ball colt
                                                         B
    Shoots as fast as lightin' but it loads a mighty slow
 
    Loads a mighty slow and soon i found out
                                                        E
    It can get you into trouble but it can't get you out
 
 
Verse 4:(Waylon Jennings)
            E
    So then i went and bought myself a colt 45
                                             B
    Called a peacemaker but i never knew why
 
    Never knew why,i didn't understand
                                                          E
    'Cause Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand
 
 
Chorus.(x2)
 
 
      E ---------------------------------------------------------------|
      A ---------------------------------------------------------------|
      D ---------------------------------------------------------------|
      G ---------------------------------------------------------------|
      B ---10---9----7-5-7-----10---9----7-5-2-0-----------------------|
      e ---------------------------------------------------------------|
 
 
Break : F#
 
 
Verse 5:(a tone higher)
           F#
    Well i got into a card game in a company town
                                                C#
    Caught a miner cheating i shot the dog down
 
    Shot the dog down,watched the man fall
                                                         F#
    Never touched his holster never had a chance to draw
 
    The trial was in the morning and they drug me out of bed
                                             C#
    Asked me how i pleaded,not guilty i said
 
    Not guilty i said,you've got the wrong man
                                                           F#
    Nothing touched the trigger but the devil's right hand
 
 
Chorus bis:(a tone higher)
              B                     F#
    The devil's right hand,the devils's right hand
              C#                      F#
    Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand
 
 
Chorus bis.
 
              C#                       F#
    Mama said the pistol is the devil's right hand
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Death And Hell

Death And Hell Guitar Chords & Lyrics
VERSE 1
  A                                   F#m
She stepped down from her carriage at 10 Vermillon Street
   D                          E
I took off my roustabout and slung it to her feet
  A                              F#m
We went into her parlor and she cooled me with her fan
    D                               E             A
But said I'll go no further with a fantasy makin' man
 
VERSE 2
 F#                                B
I said i'd walk on Ponchatrain for what you have today
   E                                               A
Just to drink from your deep well and I'll be on my way
     F#                                B
She laughed and heaven filled the room said this i give to you
    E                                                A
This body's wisdom is the flesh,but here's a thing or two
 
CHORUS
 D        E        D      A
Death and hell are never full
     D              E       A
And neither are the eyes of men
 D       E        D            A
Cats can fly from nine stories high
             E        D
And pigs can see the wind
 
VERSE 3
 A                            F#m
She let me make my pallet in the moonlight on the floor
     D                        E
Just outside of paradise but right in hell's back door
 A                              F#m
The image of her nibbled at the eye of my soul
    D                            E               A
My dreams were a hurricane and quite out of control
 
VERSE 4
    F#                                 B
Then her voice came through the storm it's more than flesh i deal
    E                                         A
You will have to pay for any wisdom that you steal
   F#                          B
I awoke to tinted windows and lavender and red
     E                                          A
The first station of the cross is just above my head
  F#                       B
I awoke to gargoyles and a hard bench for my bed
  E                                                A
Jesus Christ and Pontias Pilate were just above my head
 
CHORUS
 D        E        D      A
Death and hell are never full
     D              E       A
And neither are the eyes of men
 D       E        D            A
Cats can fly from nine stories high
             E        D
And pigs can see the wind
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Against The Wind

Against The Wind Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Capo: 4th fret

[Jennings]
C
It seems like yesterday
Em
But it was long ago
F                               C
She was lovely, she was the queen of our nights
G                               F
There in the darkness, with the radio playing low
C
  The secrets that we shared
Em
The mountains that we moved
F                          C
Caught like a wildfire and out of control
          F                        G
There was nothing left to burn and nothing left to prove
 
 
[Cash]
         Am          G           C
And I remember what she said to me
         Am                 F     C
How she swore that it would never end
     Am         G          F
I remember how she held me oh so tight
F                              G
Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then
 
 
[All]
C             Em
  Against the wind,
Em       F                   C
We were running against the wind.
        F         Em
We were young and strong,
        Dm       F           C
We were running against the wind.
 
 
[Nelson]
    C
The years rolled slowly past
Em
I found myself alone
F                            C
Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends
G                                           F
I found myself further and further from my home
 
C
I guess I lost my way
          Em
There were oh so many roads
      F                  C
I was livin' to run and running to live
       F                       G
Never worryin' about payin' or how much I owed
 
       Am             G          C
Movin' eight miles a minute for months at a time
         Am       F            C
Breakin' all the rules I could bend
  Am        G           F
I began to find myself searchin'
 F                               G
Searchin' for shelter again and again
 
 
[All]
C             Em
  Against the wind
Em       F                   C
We were running against the wind
   F         Em         Dm        F         C
I found myself seekin' shelter against the wind
 
 
INTERLUDE
C G F F G
 
 
[Nelson]
          Am         G        C
All those drifter's days are past me now
          Am      F               C
I've got so much more to think about
 
 
[Cash]
Am       G                F
Deadlines and commitments
F                                G
What to leave in, what to leave out
 
 
[All]
C             Em
  Against the wind
Em       F                   C
We were running against the wind
   F          Em         Dm          F           C      F Em G
We found ourselves seekin' shelter against the wind
               F
Against the wind
               C     F C
Against the wind
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The Last Cowboy Song

The Last Cowboy Song Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Chorus (all together):
           D
    This is the last cowboy song
                                    G
    The end of a hundred year waltz
              A
    The voices sound sad as they're singing along
                                     D
    Another piece of America is lost
 
 
Verse 1:(Waylon Jennings)
            D
    He rides the feed lots,works in a market
                                       A
    On weekend selling tobacco and beer
 
    He dreams of tomorrow surrounded by fences
                                                        D
    But he'll dream tonight of when fences weren't here
 
 
Verse 2:(Kris Kristofferson)
           D
    He blazed the trail with Lewis and Clark
                                                 A
    And eyeball to eyeball old Wyatt backed down
 
    He stood shoulder to shoulder with Travis in Texas
                                                    D
    And rode with the Seventh when Custer went down
 
 
Chorus.
 
 
Verse 3:(Willie Nelson)
           D
    Remington showed us how he looked on canvas
                                      A
    And Louis Lamour told us his tale
 
    Me and Johnny and Waylon and Kris sing about him
                                                   D
    And wish to God we could have ridden his trail
 
 
Verse 4:(spoken-Johnny Cash) and the three others sing the chorus.
           D
    The old chisom trail is covered in concrete
                                               G
    They truck it to market in fifty foot rigs
           A
    They roll by his graveside and don't even notice
                                               D
    Like living and dieing was all he ever did
 
 
Chorus.
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Deportee

Deportee Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Capo: 5th fret

INTRO
C  G    D  G
 
 
G                            C           G
The crops are all in and the peaches are rotting
                              D       G
The oranges are packed in the creoste dumps
        C                       G
They're flying them back to the Mexican border
                            D7        G
To save all their money and wade back again
 
 
G                         C          D
My father's own father he waded that river
                       D             G
Others before him have done just the same
     C                          G
They died in the hills and they died in the valleys
                         D7      G
Some went to heaven with out any names
 
 
 
CHORUS
 
C                        G
Goodbye to my Juan, good bye Rosalita
      D          D7      G
Adios mi amigos, Jesus y Maria
    C                          G
You won't have a name when you ride the big airplane
                            D7        G
All they will call you will be Deportee 
 
 
 
(Repeat Intro)
 
 
G                          C          G
Some of us are illegal and others not wanted
                              D            G
Our work contracts out and we have to move on
C                        G
Six hundred miles to the Mexican border
                                D7             G
They chase us like outlaws like rustlers, like thieves
 
 
 
(Repeat Chorus 2x)
 
 
G                              C         G
The sky plane caught fire over Los Gatos canyon
                           D             G
A fireball of thunder that shook all the hills
        C                      G
Who are all these dear friends scattered like dry leaves
                          D7          G
The radio said they were just Deportees 
 
 
(Repeat Chorus 2x)
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Desperados Waiting For A Train

Desperados Waiting For A Train Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Bm 2 3 4 Bm 2 3 4 G 2 3 4 G 2 3 4
 
Bm 2 3 4 Bm 2 3 4 G 2 3 4 G 2 3 4
D            A         D
I played the Red River Valley C 2 G 2 
     A                      Bm
He'd sit in the kitchen and cry 
        G                                D      Bm
Run his fingers through seventy years of livin' ~  
   E                                              A
"I wonder, Lord, has every well I've drilled gone dry?" 
A                            D
We were friends, me and this old man 
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train 2 3 4 
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train 2 3 4 A 2 3 4 
D                   A          D
He was a drifter, a driller of oil wells C 2 G 2 
  A                           Bm
A teacher, a schoolman of the world 2 3 4 
       G                             D        Bm
Let me drive his car when he was too drunk to ~  
     E                              A
He'd wink and give me money for the girls 
A                                        D
And our lives were like some old Western movie 
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train 2 3 4 
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train 2 3 4 A 2 3 4 
         D                 A                 D
From the time that I could walk he'd take me with him C 2 G 2 
     A                             Bm
To a bar called the Green Frog Caf-e  2 3 4 
      G                          D        Bm
Where old men with beer guts and dominoes ~  
      E                                A
Would lie about their lives while they played 
A                                     D
And I was just a kid, they all called "Sidekick" 
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train 2 3 4 
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train 2 3 4 A 2 3 4 
      D                A                   D
Well, one day I looked up and he's pushin' eighty C 2 G 2 
A                                 Bm
Brown tobacco stains all down his chin 2 3 4 
   G                        D       Bm
To me he was a hero of this country ~  
   E                                     A
So why's he all dressed up like them old men 
A                                       D
Just drinkin' beer and playing Moon and Forty-two 
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train 2 3 4 
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train 2 3 4 A 2 3 4 
    D             A              D
The day before he died I went to see him C 2 G 2 
A                             Bm
I was grown and he was almost gone 2 3 4 
       G                                   D       Bm
But we closed our eyes and dreamed us up a kitchen ~  
    E                              A
And sang another verse to that old song 
         A                                   D
(spoken) Come on, Jack, that son-of-a-gun is comin' 
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train 2 3 4 
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train 2 3 4 
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train 2 3 4 
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train 2 3 4 Bm end
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The King Is Gone So Are You

The King Is Gone So Are You Guitar Chords & Lyrics
VERSE 1
E
Last night I broke the seal on a Jim Beam decanter
                 B
That looks like Elvis
A                     B                       E
I soaked the label off a Flintstone Jelly jar
E
I picked me up a place at the
                           B
Little table that you left us
A                   B                  E
And pulled me up a big ol' hunk of floor
 A           G#       F#m
I pulled the head off Elvis
       A       E      F#m
Filled Fred up to his pelvis
 
CHORUS
A           E        A       E
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
 
And so are you
A           E        A       E
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
 
And so are you
 
VERSE 2
A                             B
Along about ten we all got to talking
A                            B
About Graceland, Bedrock and such
A                                  B
The conversation finally turned to women
A                                        B
But they said they didn't get around too much
A                    B
Elvis said, Find 'em young
              E                       A
And Fred said old fashioned women are fun
 
CHORUS
A           E        A       E
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
 
And so are you
A           E        A       E
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
 
And so are you
 
VERSE 3
  A                    B
Well I broke Presley's nose
                  E             A
Pourin' the last drops from his toes
A                        B
Fred was rollin' on the floor
A             B
Then I led us three
   E            A
In perfect harmony
 
CHORUS
A           E        A       E
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
 
And so are you
A           E        A       E
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
 
And so are you
E
One more
A           E        A       E
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
 
And so are you
E
Two More
A           E        A       E
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
 
And so are you
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The Road Goes On Forever

The Road Goes On Forever Guitar Chords & Lyrics
VERSE 1
          D
Sherry was a waitress
 
At the only joint in town
             G
She had a reputation
 
As a girl who'd been around
          D
Down main street after midnight
 
Brand new pack of cigs
            G
A fresh one hanging from her lips
 
A beer between her legs
            A
She'd ride down to the river
 
And meet with all her friends
 
CHORUS
             G
The road goes on forever
                             D
And the party never ends
 
 
Verse 2:(Willie Nelson)
          D
Sonny was a loner
 
Bolder than the rest
            G
He was going in the Navy
 
But he couldn't pass the test
            D
So he hung around town
 
He sold a little pot
             G
The law caught wind of Sonny
 
One day he got caught
            A
But he was back in business
 
When they set him free again
 
CHORUS
             G
The road goes on forever
                             D
And the party never ends
 
VERSE 3
          D
Sonny's playing eight ball
 
At the joint where Sherry works
          G
When some drunken out of towner
 
Put his hand up Sherry's skirt
          D
Sonny took his pool cue
 
Laid the drunk out on the floor
          G
Stuffed a dollar in her tip jar
 
Walked on out the door
           A
She's running right behind him
 
Reachin' for his hand
 
CHORUS
             G
The road goes on forever
                             D
And the party never ends
 
VERSE
          D
They jumped into his pick-up
 
Sonny jammed her down in gear
          G
Sonny looked at Sherry
 
Said,"Let's get out of here"
              D
The stars were high above them
 
The moon was in the east
             G
The sun was setting on them
 
When they reached Miami Beach
              A
They got a motel by the water
 
And a quart of Bombay Gin
 
CHORUS
             G
The road goes on forever
                             D
And the party never ends
 
VERSE
          D
They soon ran out of money
 
But Sonny knew a man
             G
Who knew some Cuban refugees
 
Who dealt in contreband
          D
Sonny met the Cuban
 
In a house just off the route
          G
With a briefcase full of money
 
And a pistol in his boot
              A
The cards were on the table
 
When the law came bustin' in
 
CHORUS
             G
The road goes on forever
                             D
And the party never ends
 
VERSE
             D
The Cubans grabbed the goodies
 
And Sonny grabbed the jack
            G
He broke the bathroom window
 
And climbed on out the back
           D
Sherry drove the pick-up
 
Through the alley on the side
          G
Where the lawman tackled Sonny
 
And was reading him his rights
            A
She stepped out in the alley
 
With a single shot four-ten
 
CHORUS
             G
The road goes on forever
                             D
And the party never ends
 
VERSE
          D
They left the lawman dyin'
 
They made their get away
          G
Got back to the motel
 
Just before the break of day
           D
Sonny gave her all the money
 
And he blew a little kiss
             G
If they ask you how this happened
 
Say i forced you into this
              A
She watched him as his tail lights
 
Disappeared around the bend
 
CHORUS
             G
The road goes on forever
                             D
And the party never ends
 
VERSE
          D
There's main street after midnight
 
Just like it was before
           G
Twenty-one months later
 
At the local grocery store
           D
Sherry buys a paper
 
And a cold six pack of beer
              G
The headlines read that Sonny
 
Is going to the chair
              A
She pulls back onto main street
 
In her new Mercedes-Benz
 
CHORUS
             G
The road goes on forever
                             D
And the party never ends
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