Chords: [C], [F], [G], [G7], [A], [D], [B7], [E]
Strumming: D - DU - UDU (or D - D)
Coward Of The County Ukulele Chords
[C]Everyone considered him the [F]coward of the [C]county,
he’d never stood one single time to prove the county [G]wrong.
His [C]mama named him Tommy, the [F]folks just called him “[C]Yellow”,
but something always told me they were [G]reading Tommy [C]wrong.
[C]He was only ten years old when his [F]daddy died in [C]prison,
I looked after Tommy ’cause he was my brother’s [G]son.
I [C]still recall the final words my [F]brother said to [C]Tommy:
“Son, my life is over, but [G]your’s has just be[C]gun.
[C]“Promise me, son, not to [F]do the things I’ve [C]done,
[F]walk away from [C]trouble if you [G]can.
[C]It won’t mean you’re weak if you [F]turn the other [C]cheek,
I hope you’re old e[F]nough to under[G]stand
Son, you don’t have to [G7]fight to be a [C]man.”
[D]There’s someone for everyone and [G]Tommy’s love was [D]Becky,
in her arms he didn’t have to prove he was a [A]man.
One [D]day while he was working the [G]Gatlin boys came [D]calling,
they took turns at Becky, [A]there was three of [D]them!
[D]Tommy opened up the door and [G]saw his Becky [D]crying,
the torn dress, the shattered look was more than he could [A]stand.
He [D]reached above the fireplace and took [G]down his daddy’s [D]picture,
as his tears fell on his daddy’s face, he [A]heard these words a[D]gain
[D]“Promise me, son, not to [G]do the things I’ve [D]done,
[G]walk away from [D]trouble if you [A]can.
[D]It won’t mean you’re weak if you [G]turn the other [D]cheek,
I hope you’re old e[G]nough to under[A]stand
Son, you don’t have to [A7]fight to be a [D]man.”
The [E]Gatlin boys just laughed at him when he [A]walked into the [E]barroom,
one of them got up and met him halfway ‘cross the [B7]floor.
When [E]Tommy turned around they said, “Hey [A]look! Old Yellow’s [E]leaving.”
But you coulda heard a pin drop, when Tommy [B7]stopped and blocked the [E]door.
[E]Twenty years of crawling was [A]bottled up in[E]side him,
he wasn’t holding nothing back, he let ’em have it [B7]all.
When [E]Tommy left the barroom not a [A]Gatlin boy was [E]standing,
he said, “This one’s for Becky,” as he [B7]watched the last one [E]fall.
And I heard him say
“I [E]promised you, Dad, not to [A]do the things you [E]done,
I [A]walk away from [E]trouble when I [B7]can.
Now [E]please don’t think I’m weak, I didn’t [A]turn the other [E]cheek,
and Papa, I sure [A]hope you under[B7]stand
Sometimes you gotta [B7]fight when you’re a [E]man.”
[E]Everyone considered him the [A]coward of the county [E]
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