Coward Of The County

Kenny Rogers

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Capo 3rd Fret (In a moderate country half-time) A D Ev'ryone considered him the A coward of the county. He'd never stood one single time to E prove the county wrong. A D His mama named him Tommy, the A folks just called him yellow, but something always told me they E A were reading Tommy wrong. A He was only ten years old when his D A daddy died in prison. I looked after Tommy 'cause he was E my brother's son. A I still recall the final words my D A brother said to Tommy: E "Son, my life is over, but yours is A just begun. A D Promise me, son, not to do the A things I've done. D A E Walk away from trouble if you can. A It won't mean you're weak if you D A turn the other cheek. D I hope you're old enough to E understand: E7 Son, you don't have to fight to be A a man." (Slide capo to 4th fret)
A There's someone for ev'ryone and D A Tommy's love was Becky. In her arms he didn't have to prove E he was a man. A One day while he was workin' the D A Gatlin boys came callin'. E (Spoken) A They took turns at Becky.... There was three of them! A D Tommy opened up the door and saw A his Becky cryin'. The torn dress, the shattered look E was more than he could stand. A He reached above the fireplace and D A took down his daddy's picture. As his tears fell on his daddy's E A face, he heard these words again: A D "Promise me, son, not to do the A things I've done. D A E Walk away from trouble if you can. A It won't mean you're weak if you D A turn the other cheek. D I hope you're old enough to E understand: E7 Son, you don't have to fight to be A a man." (Slide capo to 5th fret) A The Gatlin boys just laughed at D A him when he walked into the barroom. One of them got up and met him E halfway 'cross the floor. A When Tommy turned around they said, D A "Hey look! ol' yellow's leavin'." (Whole line spoken) E A But you coulda heard a pin drop when Tommy stopped and blocked the door. A D Twenty years of crawlin' was A bottled up inside him. He wasn't holdin' nothin' back; he E let 'em have it all. A When Tommy left the barroom not a D A Gatlin boy was standin'. He said, "This one's for Becky," as E A he watched the last one fall. (Spoken) And I heard him say, A D "I promised you, Dad, not to do A the things you done. E I walk away from trouble when I can. A Now please don't think I'm weak, I D A didn't turn the other cheek, D and Papa, I sure hope you E understand: E7 Sometimes you gotta fight when A you're a man." A D (No chords) A Ev'ryone considered him the coward of the county.
Composição: Billy Edd Wheeler / Roger BowlingColaboração e revisão: Gabriel Urzúa

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