Best Willie Nelson Songs

22 Best Willie Nelson Songs (list with chords & lyrics)

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We have listed the best songs with their lyrics and chords. So feel free to sing & play along to these legendary tracks too!

On The Road Again

On The Road Again Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Intro]
E
e|-------------------|
B|-------------------|
G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|-0h2------0h2------|
E|-----0--------0----|
 
[Verse 1]
 E
On the road again
                               G#7
Just can't wait to get on the road again
                           F#m
The life I love is making music with my friends
    A                B7                     E
And I can't wait to get on the road again
 E
On the road again
                         G#7
Goin' places that I've never been
                           F#m
Seein' things that I may never see again
    A                B7                    E
And I can't wait to get on the road again
 
[Bridge]
 A
On the road again
                                        E
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
 A
We're the best of friends
                                        E             B7
Insisting that the world keep turning our way and our way
 
[Chorus]
 E
Is on the road again
                                  G#7
I just can't wait to get on the road again
                            F#m
The life I love is making music with my friends
    A                    B7             E
And I can't wait to get on the road again
 
[Instrumental]
E   G#7   F#m   A   B7   E  (x2)
 
[Bridge]
 A
On the road again
                                         E
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
     A
We're the best of friends
                                        E           B7
Insisting that the world keep turning our way and our way
 
[Chorus]
 E
Is on the road again
                                G#7
Just can't wait to get on the road again
                            F#m
The life I love is making music with my friends
    A                   B7               E
And I can't wait to get on the road again
    A                   B7               E
And I can't wait to get on the road again
 
[Outro]
A   B7   E
 
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Me And Paul

Me And Paul Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Intro   A    |     ||
 
Verse 1
                 A
Well, it's been rough and rocky travellin'
 
But I'm finally standin' upright on the ground.
 
And after takin' several readings,
                                              A7
I'm surprised to find my mind's still fairly sound.
         D
I guess Nashville was the roughest,
 
But I know I've said the same about them all.
      E
We received our education
                                     A
In the cities of the nation, me and Paul.
 
Verse 2
        A
Almost busted in Laredo
 
But for reasons that I'd rather not disclose.
 
But if you're stayin' in a motel there and leave,
                                   A7
Just don't leave nothin' in your clothes.
        D
At the airport in Milwaukee,
 
They refused to let us board the plane at all.
       E
They said we looked suspicious,
                                          A
But I think they liked to pick on me and Paul.
 
Verse 3
                  A
Well, it's been rough and rocky travellin'
 
But I'm finally standin' upright on the ground.
 
And after takin' several readings,
                                              A7
I'm surprised to find my mind's still fairly sound.
         D7
I guess Nashville was the roughest,
 
But I know I've said the same about them all.
       E
We received our education
                                      A
In the cities of this nation, me and Paul.
 
Int   A    |    |D7   |    |E    |    |A    |    ||
 
 
Verse 4
      A
On a package show in Buffalo
 
With us and Kitty Wells and Charley Pride.
 
The show was long and we're just sittin' there
                                          A7
And we'd come there to play, not for the ride.
     D7
Well, we drank a lot of whiskey,
 
So I don't know if we went on that night at all.
              E
But I don't think they even missed us
                                         A
I guess Buffalo ain't geared for me and Paul.
 
Verse 5
                 A
Well, it's been rough and rocky travellin'
 
But I'm finally standin' upright on the ground.
 
And after takin' several readings,
                                              A7
I'm surprised to find my mind's still fairly sound.
         D7
I guess Nashville was the roughest,
 
But I know I've said the same about them all.
       E
We received our education
                                     A
In the cities of the nation, me and Paul.
 
 
Int  A    |    |    |    || (and fade)
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Georgia On My Mind

Georgia On My Mind Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[G] Georgia, [B7] Georgia, [Em7] the [D7] whole day [C] through [Cm]
Just an [G] old sweet [E7] song keeps [A7] Georgia [D7] on my [B7] mind
[E7  A7  D7]
 
[G] Georgia, [B7] Georgia, [Em7]   A  [D7] song of [C] you [Cm]
Comes [G] sweet and [E7] clear as [A7] moonlight [D7] through the [G] pines
[C  G  B7]
 
BRIDGE
 
[Em7] Other [C] arms reach [Asus2] out to [C]me
[Em7] Other [C] eyes [Em7] smile tender [A7] ly
[Em7] Still in [C] peaceful [G] dreams I [E7] see the
[Am7] road leads back to [D7] you
 
[G] Georgia, [B7] Georgia, [Em7] no [D7] peace I [C] find [Cm]
Just an [G] old sweet [E7] song keeps [A7] Georgia [D7] on my [G] mind
[C  G  B7]
 
Repeat BRIDGE
 
[G] Georgia, [B7] Georgia, [Em7] no [D7] peace I [C] find [Cm]
Just an [G] old sweet [E7] song keeps [A7] Georgia [D7] on my [B7] mind
[E7  Am7  D7]
 
Just an [A7] old sweet [D7] song keeps [C] Georgia [Cm] on my [G] mind
[Cm  G  D7  G]
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Nothing I Can Do About It Now

Nothing I Can Do About It Now Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Verse 1]
G
I've got a lo--ng list of real good reasons,
G                        D7
For all the things I've done.
D7
I've got a picture in the back of my mind,
D7                              G
Of what I've lost and what I've won.
 
 
[Verse 2]
G
I've surv--ived every situation,
G                                   D7
Knowing when to freeze and when to run.
D7
And regret is just a memory -- written on my brow,
D7                                    G
And there's nothing I can do about it now.
 
 
[Verse 3]
G
I've got a wild and a restless spirit,
G                             D7
I held my price through every deal.
D7
I've seen the fire of a woman's scorn,
D7                        G
Turn her heart of gold to steel.
 
 
[Verse 4]
G
I've got the song of the voice inside me,
G                        D7
Set to the rhythm of the wheel.
D7
And I've been dreaming like a child,
D7
Since the cradle broke the bow.
D7                                    G
And there's nothing I can do about it now.
 
 
[Chorus]
C
Running through the changes,
C
Going through the stages,
C                              G
Coming round the corners in my life.
A7
Leaving doubt to fate,
F
Staying out too late,
G                                D7
Waiting for the moon to say goodni-i-hi-hi-hight.
 
 
[Verse 5]
        G
I could cry for the time I've wasted,
G                               D7
But that's a waste of time and tears.
D7
And I know just what I'd change,
D7
If went back in time somehow.
D7                                    G
But there's nothing I can do about it now.
 
[Instrumental Refrain]
 
 
[Chorus]
C
Running through the changes,
C
Going through the stages,
C                              G
Coming round the corners in my life.
A7
Leaving doubt to fate,
F
Staying out too late,
G                                D7
Waiting for the moon to say goodni-i-hi-hi-hight.
 
 
[Verse 5] (repeated)
            G
And I could cry for the time I've wasted,
G                               D7
But that's a waste of time and tears.
D7
And I know just what I'd change,
D7
If went back in time somehow.
D7                                    G
But there's nothing I can do about it now.
 
 
[Outro]
D7
I'm forgiving everything--that forgiveness will allow,
D7                                    G
And there's nothing I can do about it now.
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Funny How Time Slips Away

Funny How Time Slips Away Guitar Chords & Lyrics
Guitar capo 2 for key of D.
 
[Intro]
           C             Cmaj7 Am   (2x)
 
e|--------|--3p0----3p0--|0---0------|
B|--------|------1-----1-|0---1------|
G|---0--0-|--------------|0---2------|
D|----23--|--------------|2---2------|
A|--------|3-------------|3---0------|
E|--------|--------------|x---x------|
The C Cmaj7-Am intro part can be used at the end of the 1st 2 lines of 1st & 3rd verse too.
 
[Verse]
     C           F                           C    Cmaj7 Am
Well hello there, my, it's been a long, long time
        C     F                            C    Cmaj7 Am
How’m I doing,  oh, I guess that I'm doing fine
             C           C7       F           F/E  F/Eb  D
It's been so long and it seems now that it was only yesterday
              G        G7    G7/A   G7/B   C   F  C   G
Gee, ain't it funny how time slips   a  -  way?
 
[Verse]
           C        F                       C     C
How's your new love, I hope that he's doing fine
            C                   F                        C  C
I heard you told him that you'd love him till the end of time
               C                   C7       F            F/E      F/Eb  D
Now that's the same thing that you told me it seems like just the other day
              G        G7     G7/A  G7/B   C   F  C   G
Gee, ain't it funny how time slips   a  -  way?
 
[Verse]
        C      F                      C    Cmaj7 Am
I gotta go now, I guess I'll see you around
             C                 F                  C        Cmaj7 Am
I don't know when though, never know when I'll be back in town
      C             C7       F       F/E        F/Eb   D
But remember what I tell you that in time you're gonna pay
            G           G7   G7/A  G7/B    C   F  C
And it's surprisin' how time slips   a  -  way
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Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground

Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Verse 1]
A                   C#m
If you had not have fallen
D                     A
Then I would not have found you
D            E                 A       E7
Angel flying too close to the ground
 
[Verse 2]
A                   C#m       D                     A
I patched up your broken wing and hung around for a while
B7                             E
Trying to keep your spirits up and your fever down
 
[Verse 3]
A               C#m                     D
I knew someday that you would fly away
    B7                               E
For love's the greatest healer to be found
 
[Chorus]
   A              C#m      D            F#dim
So leave me if you need to I will still remember
A                E            A       E7
Angel flying too close to the ground
 
[Verse 4]
A           C#m                   D
Fly on  fly on past the speed of sound
B7                                  E
I'd rather see you up than see you down
 
[Chorus]
A                  C#m      D            F#dim
So leave me if you need to I will still remember
A                E            A       E7
Angel flying too close to the ground
A                  C#m      D            F#dim
So leave me if you need to I will still remember
A                E            D       A
Angel flying too close to the ground
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Bloody Mary Morning

Bloody Mary Morning Guitar Chords & Lyrics
G           C
Well it's a Bloody Mary morning
                                      D7
Baby left me without warning sometime in the night                       
So I'm flying down to Houston
                                G
Forgetting her the nature of my flight      
As we taxi down the runway the smog
                         D7
And haze reminding me of how I feel
Just a country boy who's learning
                                            G
That the pitfalls of the city are extremely real
All the night life and the parties temptation
                     D7
And deceit the order of the day        
And it's a Bloody Mary morning
                                    G
Cause I'm leaving baby somewhere in LA
 
G           C
Well it's a Bloody Mary morning
                                      D7
Baby left me without warning sometime in the night                       
So I'm flying down to Houston
                                G
Forgetting her the nature of my flight
Our golden jet is airborne
                                    D7
Flight fifty cuts a path across the morning sky
And a voice comes on the speaker
                                         G
Reassuring us flight fifty is the way to fly
A hostess takes our order coffee tea
                               D7
Or something stronger to start off the day
And it's a Bloody Mary morning
                                    G
Cause I'm leaving baby somewhere in LA
G           C
Well it's a Bloody Mary morning
                                      D7
Baby left me without warning sometime in the night
So I'm flying down to Houston
                                G
Forgetting her the nature of my flight
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Half A Man

Half A Man Guitar Chords & Lyrics
   G             C             G
If I only had one arm to hold you
                         C       G
Well better yet if I had none at all
          C                       G
Then I wouldn't have two arms that ache
                            D7         G
For you there'd be one less mem'ry to recall
 
   G               C           G
If I only had one ear to listen to
                  C       G
The lies that you told to me
          C            G
Then I more closely resemble
                    D7            G
The half a man that you've made of me
 
     G            C             G
If I only had one leg to stand on
                          C                G
Then how much how much truer picture you'd see
                   C        G
Cause then I more closely resemble
                         D7        G
The half a man that you've made of me 
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Pancho And Lefty

Pancho And Lefty Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Intro]
 
e|--10---9--7---9--7--5--5----|--5--3--2--3--2--2------|
B|--10--10--8--10--8--5--5h7--|--7--5--3--5--3--2h3----|
G|----------------------------|------------------------| x2
D|----------------------------|------------------------|
A|----------------------------|------------------------|
E|----------------------------|------------------------|  h = hammer on
 
[Verse 1]
D
Livin' on the road, my friend
A
Was gonna keep you free and clean
G
And now you wear your skin like iron
D                            A
And your breath's as hard as kerosene
G
Weren't your mama's only boy
D                        G
But her favorite one, it seems
Bm                        G    D   A
She began to cry when you said goodbye
G                    Bm       A/C#*
(And) sank into your dreams
 
[Verse 2]
D
Pancho was a bandit, boys
A
His horse was fast as polished steel
G
He wore his gun outside his pants
D                  A
For all the honest world to feel
G
Well, Pancho met his match, you know
       D               G
On the deserts down in Mexico
Bm               G  D  A
Nobody heard his dyin' words
G                         Bm     A*
Ah, but that's the way it goes
 
[Chorus]
G
All the federales say
D                           G
They could have had him any day
Bm                G  D  A
They only let him slip away
       G              Bm     A/C#*
Out of kindness, I suppose
 
[Verse 3]
D
Lefty he can't sing the blues
A
All night long like he used to
G
The dust that Pancho bit down South
D              A
Ended up in Lefty's mouth
G
The day they laid poor Pancho low
D               G
Lefty split for Ohio
Bm               G    D   A
Where he got the bread to go
G                  Bm      A*
There ain't nobody knows
 
[Chorus]
G
All the federales say
D                       G
They could have had him any day
Bm              G  D  A
We only let him slip away
       G              Bm     A*
Out of kindness, I suppose
 
[Verse 4]
D
The poets tell how Pancho fell
A
And Lefty's livin' in a cheap hotel
G
The desert's quiet, and Cleveland's cold
D                A
And so the story ends, we're told
G
Pancho needs your prayers, it's true
D                  G
But save a few for Lefty, too
Bm                  G   D  A
He only did what he had to do
G                    Bm    A*
And now he's growin' old
 
[Chorus]
G
All the federales say
D                       G
They could have had him any day
Bm                G  D  A
They only let him go so long
       G              Bm     A/C#*
Out of kindness, I suppose
 
[Final Chorus]
G
A few gray federales say
D                       G
They could have had him any day
Bm                G  D  A
They only let him go so long
       G              Bm        Gmaj7  A D
Out of kindness, I suppose
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Whiskey River

Whiskey River Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Chorus]
                      C
Whiskey River take my mind
                             G
Don't let her memory torture me
                        D7
Whiskey River don't run dry
                                 G
You're all I've got take care of me
G                     C
Whiskey River take my mind
                             G
Don't let her memory torture me
                        D7
Whiskey River don't run dry
                                 G
You're all I've got take care of me
 
[Verse 1]
  G                        C
I'm drowning in a whiskey river
G
Bathing my mem'ried mind
       A7             D7
In the wetness of its soul
G
Feeling the amber current
G7              C
Flowing from my mind
    D7                          G
And leaving a heart you left so cold
 
[Chorus]
                      C
Whiskey River take my mind
                             G
Don't let her memory torture me
                        D7
Whiskey River don't run dry
                                 G
You're all I've got take care of me
 
[Instrumental]
C G D7 G
 
[Verse 2]
  G                        C
I'm drowning in a whiskey river
G
Bathing my mem'ried mind
       A7             D7
In the wetness of its soul
G
Feeling the amber current
G7              C
Flowing from my mind
    D7                          G
And leaving a heart you left so cold
 
[Chorus]
                      C
Whiskey River take my mind
                             G
Don't let her memory torture me
                        D7
Whiskey River don't run dry
                                 G
You're all I've got take care of me
 
[Outro]
C G D7 G
                       C    G D7 G
Whiskey River take my mind
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Always On My Mind

Always On My Mind Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Intro]
G   D/F#   Em   A
 
[Verse 1]
D                 A
   Maybe I didn't love you
Bm          D/A                   G
   Quite as often as I could have
D                       A
   Maybe I didn't treat you
Bm           D/A                  E
   Quite as good as I should have
 
[Chorus]
G                           D      D/C
  If I made you feel second best
G           D/F#          Em    Em7/D  Em7/B
  Girl, I'm sorry I was blind
A                           D      D7
  But you were always on my mind
G                 A     D     G  A
  You were always on my mind
 
[Verse 2]
D                  A
   Maybe I didn't hold you
Bm           D/A                G
   All those lonely, lonely times
D                       A
   I guess I never told you
Bm          D/A               E
   I'm so happy that you're mine
 
[Chorus]
G                 D
  Little things I should have said and done
G     D/F#               Em    Em7/D  Em/B
  I just never took the time
A                        A/C# D      D7
  But you were always on my   mind
G                 A     D       A
  You were always on my mind
 
[Bridge]
D  A/C#  Bm  D/A
Tell   me
G                       D               Em    A
 Tell me that your sweet love hasn't died
D   A/C#  Bm  D/A
 Give   me
        G                  D              Em
Give me one more chance to keep you satisfied
     A               D
I'll keep you satisfied
 
[Instrumental]
(D)       A
 Bm  D/A  G     A/E
 
   D                                   A
e|---------------------5~------------|--------------------------------------|
B|-------------5h7p5-----------8-7-8-|-7~--------8-7-8-7h8p7p5--5-5h7-5h7p5-|
G|-7-------7-7-------7---------------|--------------------------------------|
D|---7---7---------------------------|--------------------------------------|
A|-----9-----------------------------|--------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
 
   Bm              D/A               E
e|---------------------------------|-----------------------------10------|
B|-----------5---7~------5---------|-----------------------12-12-----10--|
G|-7~----6-7---------------7-6-----|---------11--11-11-9-----------------|
D|---------------------------------|-9~----------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
 
[Chorus/Outro]
G                                      D      D7
  Little things I should have said and done
G        D/F#            Em    Em7/D  Em/B
  I just never took the time
A                        A/C# D       D7
  But you were always on my    mind
G                 A     D      D/B
  You were always on my mind
A                    A/C# D      D7
  You were always on my   mind
G                 A      D
  You were always on my mind
 
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Crazy

Crazy Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Intro]
C Em7 Dm7 G7
 
 
[Verse 1]
    C
I'm crazy
    A7                   Dm
I'm crazy for feeling so lonely
    G7
I'm crazy
                         C    Dm7 G7
I'm crazy for feeling so blue
 
 
[Verse 2]
    C      A7
And I knew
                             Dm
You'd love me as long as you wanted
         G7
And then someday
                            C   Dm7 G7
You'd leave me for somebody new
 
 
[Verse 3]
F
Worry
                    C      C7
Why do I let myself worry?
D7
Wonderin'
                        G7
What in the world did I do?
 
 
[Chorus]
    C         A7
I'm crazy for thinkin'
        Dm
My love could hold you
    F         Em7   Dm7            C#dim7
I'm crazy for tryin' and crazy for cryin'
Dm7                 G7     C   G#
  And I'm crazy for lovin' you
 
 
[Instrumental]
C# A#7 D#m
G#7 C#
D#m7 G#7
 
 
[Verse 4]
C#
  I knew
      A#7                    D#m
You'd love me as long as you wanted
         G#7
And then someday
                            C#   D#m7 G#7
You'd leave me for somebody new
 
 
[Verse 5]
F#
Worry
                       C#  C#7
Why do I let myself worry?
D#7
Wonderin'
                        G#7
What in the world did I do?
 
 
[Chorus]
    N.C.      A#7                  D#m
I'm crazy for thinkin' that my love could hold you
    F#        Fm7   D#m7              Ddim7
I'm crazy for tryin'    and crazy for cryin'
D#m7                  G#7     Bb7
    And I'm crazy for lovin' you
 
 
[Outro]
F#          Fm7   D#m7          Ddim7
  Crazy for tryin',   crazy for cryin'
D#m7          G#7    C#
    Crazy for lovin' you
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Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Verse]
 
E                           bass run  A Bb B
In the twilight glow I see her,
B                        E
Blue eyes cryin' in the rain
E                                  bass run A Bb B
When we kissed good-bye and parted
  B                      E     bass run  E F F# Ab A
I knew we'd never meet again
 
 
[Bridge]
 
A                          bass run  A Ab F# E
Love is like a dying ember
E               B7    bass run  B A Ab F#
Only memories remain
 E
And through the ages I'll remember
B7                        E
Blue eyes crying in the rain
 
 
[Instrumental]
(play the A2D2 notes quickly after eachother)
 
e|--------------------------------------|------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------|------------------------|
G|-------1---1-1-2-1-----1-1h2--1-------|---1------1-2-1---------|
D|---2-4--------------2-4---------4p2---|--2-4--2-4-----4-2------|
A|-2-----------------2----------------2-|-2----------------------|
E|--------------------------------------|------------------------|
 
e|-----------------------------------------|------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|------------------------|
G|-------1-1-1-1-1-2-1------1-1h2--1-------|---1------1-4s7-6-4-2---|
D|---2-4-----------------2-4---------4p2---|--2-4--2h4--------------|
A|-2--------------------2----------------2-|-2----------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------|------------------------|
 
 
[Bridge]
 
A                               bass run A Ab F# E
Someday when we meet up yonder
E                          B7    bass run  B A Ab F#
We'll stroll hand in hand again
E
In the land that knows no parting
B7                      E
Blue eyes crying in the rain.
B7                        A     A/Ab  A/F#  E  Esus4  E
Blue eyes crying in the rain.
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Good Hearted Woman

Good Hearted Woman Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Intro]
D  D/A  (x12)
 
 
[Verse 1]
        D                                                    G
Well, a long time forgotten are dreams that just fell by the way
        A                                                   D
And the good life he promised ain't what she's livin' today
        D                                                   G
But she never complains of the bad times or bad things he's done, Lord
         A                                                                     D
She just talks about the good times they've had and all the good times to come
 
 
[Chorus]
        D                     D7                      G
She's a good-hearted woman in love with a good-timin' man
        A                                                  D
And she loves him in spite of his ways that she don't understand
D                                            D7                              G
Through teardrops and laughter they're gonna pass through this world hand-in-hand
     A                                             D
This good-hearted woman in love with a good-timin' man
 
 
[Instrumental]
D  G  A  D  (x2)
 
 
[Verse 2]
D                                                             G
  He likes the night life, the bright lights, and good-timin' friends
         A                                              D
When the party's all over she'll welcome him back home again
         D                                                    G
Although she don't understand him, she does the best that she can
        A                                             D
She's a good-hearted woman in love with a good-timin' man
 
 
[Chorus]
        D                     D7                      G
She's a good-hearted woman in love with a good-timin' man
        A                                                        D
And she loves him in spite of his ways that she don't understand
        D                                    D7                                   G
Through teardrops and laughter they're gonna pass through this world hand-in-hand
     A                                             D
This good-hearted woman in love with a good-timin' man
 
 
[Chorus]
        E                     E7                      A
She's a good hearted woman in love with a good-timin' man
    B                                                  E
She loves him in spite of his ways that she don't understand
            E                                    E7                              A
And through teardrops and laughter they're gonna pass through this world hand in hand
     B                                             E
This good-hearted woman in love with a good-timin' man
 
 
[Outro]
E  A  E  A  E  A  E
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Family Bible

Family Bible Guitar Chords & Lyrics
G                C            G
There's a family Bible on the table 
Em                 A7      D7
Its pages torn and hard to read
        G      C            G
But the family Bible on the table 
     C          G      D7   G
Will ever be my key to memo-ries
 
              C                 G
At the end of day when work was over 
 Em                  A7       D7
And when the evening meal was done
          G       C                  G
Dad would read to us from the family Bible
         C              G         D7     G
And we'd count our many blessings one by one
 
  C          F                 C
I can see us sitting round the table 
                                     G
When from the family Bible dad would read
                  C             G
And I can hear my mother softly singing 
             C       G    D7        G
Rock of ages rock of ages cleft for me
 
                  C               G
This old world of ours is full of trouble 
Em                      A7          D7
But this old world would also better be
        G         C             G
If we'd find more Bibles on the tables 
                    C       G    D7        G
And mothers singing rock of ages cleft for me
 
  C          F                 C
I can see us sitting round the table 
                                     G
When from the family Bible dad would read
                  C             G
And I can hear my mother softly singing 
             C       G    D7        G
Rock of ages rock of ages cleft for me
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Forgiving You Was Easy

Forgiving You Was Easy Guitar Chords & Lyrics
C
Forgiving you was easy but forgetting 
                          F
Seems to take the longest time
       G7
I just keep thinking 
                                 C
And your memory is forever on my mind
 
 
You know I'll always love you
                                          F
And I can't forget the days when you were mine
   G7
Forgiving you is easy 
                                         C
But forgetting seems to take the longest time
 
 
The bitter fruit of anger growing
                              F
Growing from the seeds of jealousy
        G7
Oh what a heartache but I forgive 
                       C
The things you said to me
 
 
Cause I believe forgiving
                                        F
Is the only way that I'll find peace of mind
    G7
And forgiving you is easy 
                                         C
But forgetting seems to take the longest time
 
 
The years have passed so quickly as once again
                          F
Fate steals a young man's dreams
       G7
Of all the golden years 
                                 C
And growing old together you and me
 
 
You asked me to forgive you
                                   F
You said there was another on your mind
   G7
Forgiving you is easy 
                                         C
But forgetting seems to take the longest time
 
   G7
Forgiving you is easy 
                                         C
But forgetting seems to take the longest time
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Mammas Dont Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys

Mammas Dont Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys Guitar Chords & Lyrics
   D                                                    G
1. Cowboys ain't easy to love and they're harder to     hold.
2. Cowboys like smoky old pool rooms and clear mountain mornings
 
   A7                                                D
1. They'd rather give you a song than diamonds or    gold.
2. little warm puppies and children and girls of the night.
 
   D
1. Lone Star belt buckles and old faded Levis and
2. Them that don't know him won't like them and them that do
 
   G
1. each night begins a new day
2. sometimes won't know how to take him.
 
            A7
1. If you   don't understand him and he don't die young
2. He ain't wrong he's just different but his pride won't let him
 
1. he probably just rides away.
2. do things to make you think he's right.
 
D                                             G
Mammas don't let your Babies grow up to be Cowboys
      A7
don't let'em pick guitars and drive'em old trucks
                                  D
let'em be doctors and lawyers and such.
                                           G
Mammas don't let your Babies grow up to be Cowboys
             A7
cause the'll never stay home and they're always alone
                       D
even with someone they love.
 
Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys - Willie Nelson
 
[Chorus:]
D               G
Mama don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys
      A
don't let them pick guitars and drive in old trucks
         A7     D
make 'em be doctors and lawyers and such
D               G
Mama don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys
        A
they'll never stay home and they're always alone
     A7         D
even with someone they love
 
D                  G
Cowboys ain't easy to love and they're harder to hold
    A                 A7          D
and they'd rather give you a song than diamonds or gold
D
Lone Star belt buckles and old faded Levis and each night
        G
begins a new day
       A
and if you don't understand him and he don't die young
          A7        D
he'll probably just ride away
 
[Repeat chorus]
 
(keychange)
E                    A
A cowboy loves smokey old pool rooms and clear mountain mornings
B                B7       E
little warm puppies and children and girls of the night
E
Them that don't know him won't like him and them that do sometimes
             A
won't know how to take him
    B
he's not wrong he's just different and his pride won't let him
            B7  E
do things to make you think he's right
 
Repeat chorus
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Pretty Paper

Pretty Paper Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Intro: Choir]
       D             A          G     F#m  E7  D
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
 
 
[Chorus: Dolly Parton]
       D                        A
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
          A7                           D
Wrap your presents to your darling from you
       D         D7            G
Pretty pencils to write "I love you"
       D             A         G      F#m  E7  D
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
 
 
[Verse 1: Dolly Parton with Willie Nelson]
        D             A            D
Crowded streets, busy feet, hustle by him
         D         A7          D
Downtown shoppers, Christmas is nigh
             D         D7          G
And there he sits all alone on the sidewalk
E7                             A
Hoping that you won't pass him by
 
 
[Verse 2: Dolly Parton with Willie Nelson]
           D            A             D
Should you stop? Better not, much too busy
            D      A            D
You're in a hurry, my, how time flies
           D             D7         G
And in the distance; the ringing of laughter
           D            A            D
And in the midst of the laughter, he cries
 
 
[Chorus: Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Both]
       D                        A
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
          A7                            D
Wrap your presents to your darling from you
       D                           D7            G
Pretty pencils (Pretty pencils) to write "I love you"
           D             A          D      A#  C  A#
Oh, pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
 
 
[Chorus]
       D#                       A#
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
          A#7                           D#   A#  C  A#
Wrap your presents to your darling from you
       D#         D#7           G#     G#m
Pretty pencils to write "I love you"
           D#            A#         D#     G#m
Oh, pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
 
 
[Tag: Dolly Parton & Willie Nelson]
       D#            A#         G#      D#  Fm  D#
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
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The Troublemaker

The Troublemaker Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Intro]
| G |
 
[Verse 1]
G                       Bm            Am
I could tell the moment that I saw Him
       G                             D/A
He was nothing but the trouble making kind
        C             Bm           C                     Bm
His hair was much too long and his motley group of friends
 F                                 Am
Had nothing but rebellion on their minds
 
[Verse 2]
G                               Bm         Am
He's rejected the establishment completely
G                                 D/A
I know for sure He's never held a job
C                         Bm    C               Bm
He just goes from town to town, stirring up the young folks
F                          Am           G
Till they're nothing but a disrespectful mob
 
[Verse 3]
       G/A                 D/A        A
I know for sure He's never joined the army
                                      D/A
And served his country like we all have done
     D                               A  D B A
He'd rather wear His sandals and His flowers
                                     D   B A
While others wage the war that must be won
 
[Verse 4]
G                                         Bm      Am
They arrested Him last week and found Him guilty
G                                      D/A
And sentenced Him to die but that's no great loss
C                 Bm           C                Bm
Friday they will take Him to a place called Calvary
F                                    G
And hang that troublemaker to a cross.
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My Heros Have Always Been Cowboys

My Heros Have Always Been Cowboys Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Verse]
     D
1. I grew up dreaming of being a cowboy
2. Cowboys are special with their own brand of misery
 
       G                 D
1. And loving the cowboy ways.
2. From being alone too long.
 
    D
1. Pursuing the life of my high riding heroes
2. You could die from the cold in the arms of a nightmare
 
     E7                                 A7
1. I   burned   up   my    childhood    days.
2. Knowing well that your best days are gone
 
     D
1. I learned all the rules of a moder day drifter
2. Picking up hookers instead of my pen
 
             G                      D
1. DonUt you hold on to nothing too long
2. I let the words of my youth fade away.
 
        G                           D            G
1. Just take what you need from the ladies and   leave them
2.      Old worn out saddles and    old worm out memories
 
            D          A7          D
1. With the words of a sad country song.
2.     With no one and no place to stay.
 
[Chorus]
   G                       D
My heroes have always been cowboys
E7                    A7
And they still are it seems
G                      D           G
Sadly in search of and one step in back of
    D                A7          D
Themselves and their slow moving dreams.
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Hello Walls

Hello Walls Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Verse 1]
            C
Hello walls,  
             F      F     C
How'd things go for you today?
       C              C
Don't you miss her?
          D       D      G     G
Since she up and walked away?
          F                F              C
And I'll bet you dread to spend another lonely night with me,
 F          F   G         G              C
    But lonely walls, I'll keep you company.
 
[Verse 2]
            C         C
Hello window, 
         F         F            C
Well, I see that you're still here.
         C             C
Aren't you lonely,
            D       D        G     G
Since our darlin disappeared?
       F                   F                C                G
Well look here, is that a teardrop in the corner of your pane?
 F         F       G          G               C         G       C      G
    Now don't you try to tell me that's it's rain.
 
[Bridge]
G
She went away
                     C
And left us all alone, the way she planned.
D
Guess we’ll have to learn 
             F                 G    C
to get along without her if we can.
 
[Verse 3]
             C        C
Hello ceiling, 
            F       F       C
I'm gonna stare at you a while.
            C            C
You know I can't sleep,
              D       D       G     G
So won't you bear with me a while?
          F             F       C
We gotta all stick together or else I'll lose my mind.
F         F            G                G           C                C
      I gotta feelin' she'll be gone a long, long time.
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Night Life

Night Life Guitar Chords & Lyrics
[Intro]
C C7 F Fm C Am F G C Am Dm7 G
 
[Verse 1]
C                         C7
When the evening sun goes down,
F                                 Fm
you're gonna find me hangin' round
C          Am        Dm         G
The night life, ain't no good life
C             C   F Fm C G
But it's my life
 
[Verse 2]
C            C7
Many people, just like me
F                      Fm
Dreamin of, old use to be's
C           Am       Dm         G
Night life, ain't no good life
C             C   F Fm  C  G
But it's my life
 
[Bridge]
C
Well now, listen to the blues they're playin'
 
[Solo 1]
C
 
F                                 C G C
Listen to what the blues are sayin'
 
[Solo 2]
C Am Dm7 G
 
[Verse 3]
C                    C7
Mine is just another scene
F                              Fm
from the world of broken dreams
C                  Am        Dm       G
and the night life, ain't no good life
         C F Fm C G
But it's my life
 
[Solo 3]
C C7 F Fm C Am F G C Am Dm7 G
 
[Solo 4]
C C7 F Fm C Am F G C F C G
 
[Bridge]
C
Listen to the blues they're playin'
F                    C                            G C Am Dm7 G
Listen to the blues, listen to what they're sayin'
 
[Verse 3]
C                   C7
Mine is just another scene
      F                            Fm
Oh, from the world, world of broken dreams
C             Am         F        G
the night life, ain't no good life
C   (Walk down)  Am
But it's my life,    yes it is
F                    G
and night life, ain't no good life
 
[Outro]
          C (Walk down) Am F G (pause) C F C G C
But it's my life
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