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Charlemagne's Home Town  

Memorial Day

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Charlemagne's Home Town (James McMurtry)

From: "Childish Things" (2005 - Compadre)
Posted and transcribed by Tabbedout


Capo 3 fret

(C)I’ve got it all to (F) myself (C) now
(G)Crack the window just a(C) hair
Dark and close, (F) the way I like (C) it
(G)Black tobacco chokes the (C) air

(C)I keep to myself, (F)I lack the (C) language
(G)I measure out my life with coffee (C) grounds
The trees are the (F) color of (C) ashes
In Charle(G)magne’s home (C) town

(G)And I said I didn’t fear the (F) distance
(G)As if I’d ever been that (F) tough
I (C) can hear your voice across the water
(G)But that’s nowhere near (C) enough

Won’t you (F) fly across that (C) ocean
(F)Take a (G) train on (C) down
Because the (F) night’s growing (C) lonesome
(F)In Charle(G)magne’s home (C) town

(C)The fortune teller (F) told me (C) nothing
(G)That I wouldn’t have found out on my (C) own
She read my palm and she (F) took my (C) money
(G)She looked at me with eyes of (C) stone

(C)She said the odds are long and (F) stacked (C) against us
(G)Still we try because we (C) must
To keep from (F) leaving our (C) senses
(G)Long forgotten in the (C) dust

(G)Like the bones of some saint
Beneath a (F) church floor
(G)Who must have died for lack of(F) light
(C)The color snapshots I sent you
(G)All came out in black and (C) white

Won’t you (F) fly across that (C) ocean
(F)Take a (G) train on (C) down
Because the (F) night’s growing (C) lonesome
(F)In Charle(G)magne’s home (C) town

Solo..

(C)There’s a lonely child on a(F) snow white (C) pony
(G)On a carousel in the market (C) place
He sits on that horse and he (F) looks right through (C) me
(G)A shadow falls across his (C) face

(C)What will I do when (F) my glass is (C) empty
(G)What will I do when it all comes (C) down
(C)What will I do when it (F) comes to (C) nothing
In Charle(G)magne’s home (C) town

(C)What will I do when it (F) comes to (C) nothing
In Charle(G)magne’s home (C) town

 

 

Memorial Day (James McMurtry)

From: "Childish Things" (2005 - Compadre)
Posted and transcribed by Tabbedout



Capo 2nd fret

It goes something like this...

(G)Mama keeps tryin’ to get the (C) game on the (G) radio
Daddy’s gotta (D/F#) know the (G) score
There’s a big yellow thing on a (C) flat bed (G) trailer
Wonder what that (D/F#) thing’s (G) for

(G)We got towels rolled up in the (C) back seat (G) window
Keeping us (D/F#) out of the (G) sun
Just a hundred more miles and (C) we’ll be at grand(G)ma’s
Sure (D/F#) is gonna be (G) fun

(G)Maybe she’ll take us fish(C)in’(G)
Maybe she’ll (D/F#) bake us a (G) pie
Remember like she did that (C) one (G) time
Back before (D/F#) grandpa (G) died

It’s (C) Memorial Day in (G) America
(D/F#)Everybody’s on the(G) road
Let’s (C) remember our fallen (G) heroes
(D/F#)Y’all be sure and drive (G) slow

(G)Ninety eight degrees in the (C) shade of the tool (G) shed
Can’t go (D/F#) back in the (G) house
They’re all in the kitchen (C) yellin’ ‘bout some(G)thing
Don’t know what (D/F#) it’s (G) about

(G)Joey ‘n Mary said (C) not to (G) worry
Said it’s just the (D/F#) same old (G) fight
Happens whenever they (C)all get (G) together
Everything’s (D/F#) really (G) alright

It’s (C) Memorial Day in (G) America
(D/F#)This is how it’s supposed to (G) be
(C)Let’s remember our fallen(G) heroes
(D/F#)In the land of the (G) free

(G)Daddy’s in the big chair (C) sippin’ on a cold (G) beer
Grandma’s (D/F#) cuttin’ a (G) switch
She overheard Mary (C) cussin’ her (G) brother
Called him a (D/F#) son of a (G) bitch

She got a good green limb off a (C) sweet gum (G) sapling
Man that’s (D/F#) bound to (G) sting
But Mary don’t cry just (C) stands there and takes (G) it
Doesn’t seem to (D/F#) feel a (G) thing

(G)No Mary don’t cry, you (C)know she’s a big (G) girl
Wonder what (D/F#) made her so (G) mad
She takes those licks looking (C) in through the den (G) door
Staring right (D/F#) straight at her (G) dad

Fiddle solo..

(G)There’s a big yellow thing on a (C) flat bed (G) trailer
Daddy nearly (D/F#) hit that (G) bird
They’re both in the front seat
Starin’(C) right straight (G) ahead
Neither one (D/F#) saying a (G) word

(G)The sun’s going down in the (C) rear view (G) mirror
Gonna be (D/F#) driving all (G) night
Wonder if the neighbor’s (C) fed the (G) canary
Wonder if the (D/F#)cat’s (G) alright

It’s (C) Memorial Day in (G) America
(D/F#)Everybody’s on the(G) road
Let’s (C) remember our fallen (G) heroes
(D/F#)Y’all be sure and drive (G) slow

It’s (C) Memorial Day in (G) America
(D/F#)This is how it’s supposed to (G) be
(C)Let’s remember our fallen(G) heroes
(D/F#)In the land of the (G) free