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Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow

I [G]ain't gonna work tomorrow
I [C]ain't gonna work [G]today
I [C]ain't gonna work [G]tomorrow
For that is my [D]wedding [G]day

I love my Mama and Papa, too
I love my Mama and Papa, too
I love my Mama and Papa, too

I've been all around this country
I've been all around this world
I've been all around this country, Lord
For the sake of one little girl

I'm leaving you this lonesome song
I'm leaving you this lonesome song
I'm leaving you this lonesome song
Cause I'm gonna be gone before long


All The Good Times are Past and Gone

[G]All the good times are [C]past and [G]gone
All the good times are [D]o'er
[G]All the good times are [C]past and [G]gone
Little darling don't you [D]weep no [G]more

I wish to the Lord I'd never been
Or died when I was young
I never would have seen you sparkling blue eyes
Or heard your lying tongue.

Don't you see the turtle dove
That flies from pine to pine?
He's mourning for his own true love
Just like I mourn for mine.

Don't you see that passenger train
Going around the bend?
It's talking away my own true love
To never return again.

Come back, come back my own true love
And stay a while with me.
For if ever I've had a friend in this world
You've been a friend to me.

 

All I Ever Loved Was You

[D]All I ever loved was [A]you
You broke a [G]heart that cried for [D]you
I've wasted all my tears on [G]you
For [A]all I [G]ever loved was [D]you

Go out and find somebody new
But you'll be sorry if you do
You'll never find a love so true
For all I ever loved was you

Buy her rings and diamonds too
But you'll be sorry if you do
You'll never find a love so true
For all I ever loved was you

Tell your friends that I am gone
And I'll be sorry from now on
I'll spend my life alone and blue
For all I ever loved was you


Amelia Earhart's Last Flight

[G]Twas a ship out on the ocean
Just a speck against the [C]sky
A[D]melia Earhart flying out that [G]day.
With her partner captain Newman on the 2nd of [C}July
Her [D]plane fell in the ocean far [G]away.

Chorus:
There's a [C]beautiful beautiful [G]field
Far away in a land that is [D] fair
[G] Happy landings to you Amelia Ear[C]hart
Fare[D]well first lady of the air

Well an half an hour later an SOS was heard
The signal weak but still the voice was brave
In those shark infested waters
Her plane when down that night
In the blue Pacific to a watery grave

Chorus

Now you have heard my story
Of that awful tragedy
We prayed she might fly home safe again.
Though in years to come others blazed a trail across the sea
We'll ne'er forget Amelia and her plane.
 

Angel Band

My [G]latest sun is [C]sinking [G]fast
My race is [D]nearly [G]run
My [G]longest trials [C]now are [G]passed
My triumph [D]has [G]begun.

Chorus:
[D]Oh, come, [G]angel band.
[D]Come and [G]around me stand.
[C]Bear me away on your [G]snow white wings
to my [D]immortal [G]home.
[C]Bear me away on your [G]snow white wings
to my [D]immortal [G]home.

Oh, bear my loving heart to him
who bled and died for me.
Whose blood now cleanses from all sins
And gives me victory.

Chorus

I've almost reached my heavenly home,
my spirit loudly sings.
The holy ones, behold they come.
I hear the noise of wings.

Chorus

Are You Washed in the Blood

Have you [G]been to Jesus for the [C]cleansing power?
Are you [G]washed in the blood of the [D]lamb?
Are you [G]fully trusting in His [C]grace this hour?
Are you [G]washed in the [D]blood of the [G]lamb?

Chorus:
Are you [G]washed (are you washed) in the [C]blood (in the blood)
In the [G]soul cleansing blood of the [D]lamb?
Are your [G]garments spotless are they [C]white as snow?
Are you [G]washed in the [D]blood of the [G]lamb?

Are you walking daily by the savior's side?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?

Chorus

Lay aside your garments that are stained with sin
And be washed in the blood of the lamb?
There's a fountain flowing for the soul unclean
Oh, be washed in the blood of the lamb

Chorus

Banks of the Ohio

I asked my [G]love to take a [D]walk
Just to [D7]walk a little [G]way
As we walked along we [C]talked
All [G]about [D]our wedding [G]day

Chorus:
And only say that you'll be mine
And our home will happy be
Down beside where the waters flow
Down on the banks of the Ohio

I took her by her lily white hand
Led her down where the waters stand
There I pushed her in to drown
And watched as she floated down

I started home tween twelve and one
I cried, "My God, what have I done."
I murdered the only woman I loved
Because she would not marry me.

The very next morning about half-past four
the sheriff came knocking on my door
He said, "Young man, come with me and go
Down to the banks of the Ohio."

A Beautiful Life

[G]Each day I do a [C]golden [G]deed
By helping [D]those who are in [G]need
My life on earth is [C]but a [G]span
And so I'll [D]do the best I [G]can

Chorus:
Life's evening sun is sinking [C]low
A few more [D]days and I must [G]go
To meet the [G]deeds that [C]I have [G]done
Where there will be no [D]setting [G]sun

To be a child a of God each day
My light must shine along the way
I'll sing His praise while ages roll
And strive to help some troubled soul.

While going down life's weary road
I'll try to lift some traveler's load
I'll try to turn the night to day
Make flowers bloom along the way

The only life that will endure
Is one that's kind and good and pure
And so for God I'll take my stand
Each day I'll lend a helping hand.

 

Bringing Mary Home

Intro:  C  A  D  G

I was [D]driving down a lonely road on a [C]dark and stormy [G]night,
When a [D]little girl by the roadside showed [G]up in my head[D]lights,
I [G]stopped and she got in the back and in a shaky [D]tone,
She [C]said, "My name is [A]Mary please [D]won't you take me [G]home."

She [D]must have been so frightened all [C]alone there in the [G]night,
There was [D]someting strange about her, 'cause her [C]face was deathly [D]white,
She [G]sat so pale and quiet in the back seat all [D]alone,
I [C]never will [A]forget the night [D]I took Mary [G]home.

Intro chords:  C  A  D  G

I pulled into the driveway where she told me to go,
Got out to help her from the car and opened up the door,
But I just could not believe my eyes, the back seat was bare,
I looked all around the car, but Mary wasn't there.

A light shone from the porch, a lady opened up the door,
I asked about the little girl that I was looking for,
The lady gently smiled and brushed a tear away,
She said, "It sure was nice of you, to go out of your way."

"But thirteen years ago tonight in a wreck just down the road,
Our darling Mary lost her life and we miss her so,
Oh thank you for your trouble and the kindness you have shown
You're the thirteenth one that's been here, bringing Mary home."

Intro chords:  C  A  D  G

 

Bury Me Beneath the Willows

Chorus:
[G]Bury me [C]beneath the willows
[G]Under the weeping willow [D]tree
[G]When she hears that [C]I am sleeping
[G]Maybe [D]then she'll think of [G]me

My heart is sad and I'm in sorrow
Weeping for the one I love
When I shall see her, oh, no never
Till we meet in heaven above

Tomorrow was to be our wedding
But Lord, oh Lord, where can she be?
She's gone, she's gone to find another
She no longer care for me

She told me that she did not love me
I couldn't believe it was true
Until and angel softly whispered
"She no longer cares for you."

Place on my grave a snow white lily
To prove my love for her was true
To show the world I died of grieving
For her love I could not win.

 

Catfish John

[G]Mama said don't go [C]near that river
[G]Don't be hangin' round old Catfish [D]John
[G]Come the mornin' I'd [C]always be there
[G]Walkin' in his footsteps in the [D]sweet delta [G]dawn.

Take me [C]back to another [G]home
To a [C]time so long [G]ago
When the [C]sweet magnolias [G]blossomed
Cotton [G]fields were [D]white as [G]snow

Catfish John was a river hobo
Livin' back by the river's bend
Lookin' back I still remember
I was proud to be his friend

Born a slave in the town of Richmond
Traded for a chesnut mare
Though he never spoke in anger
Oh his soul was hard to bear

City of New Orleans

[D]Riding on the [A]City of New Or[D]leans,
[Bm]Illinois Central, [G]Monday morning [D]rail, [A]
[D]Fifteen cars and fi[A]fteen restless [D]riders,
Three con[Bm]ductors, and t[A]wenty five sacks of [D]mail.

We’re all [Bm]out on the southbound odyssey,
As the [F#m]train pulls out of Kankakee,
And [A]rolls past the houses, farms and [E]fields.
[Bm]Passing towns that have no name,
And [F#m]freight yards full of old black men,
And the [A]graveyards of  rusted automo[D]biles.

{c:Chorus:}
[G]Good morning Am[A]erica, how a[D]re you?
Say [Bm]don't you know me, [G]I'm your native [D]son. [A]
I'm the [D]train they call the [A]City of New [Bm]Orleans,
I'll be gon[C]e five [G]hundred miles[A] when the day is [D]done.

Dealing card games with the old men in the club cars,
A penny a point, there ain't no one keeping score.
Won’t you pass the paper bag that holds the bottle,
You can feel the wheels rumbling through the floor.
And the sons of Pullman porters, And the sons of engineers,
Ride their fathers' magic carpet made of steel.
Mothers with their babes asleep,
there rocking to the gentle beat,
And the rhythm of the rails is all they dream.

{Chorus.}

Midnight on the City of New Orleans,
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee.
Halfway home, and we'll be there by morning,
Through the Mississippi darkness, rolling down to the sea.
Then all the towns and people seem To fade into a bad dream,
The old steel rail still ain't heard the news.
The conductor sings his songs again,
The passengers will please refrain,
This train's got the disappearin' railroad blues.

{c:Chorus:}
Singin’ Goodnight America, how are you?
Say don't you know me, I'm your native son.
I'm the train they call the City of New Orleans,
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

Country Roads

[G]Almost heaven, [Em]West Virginia
[D]Blueridge mountains
[C]Shenandoah [G]river.
Life is old there
[Em]Older than the trees.
[D]Younger than the mountains.
[C]Blowing like the [G]breeze.

Chorus:
Country [G]roads,
Take me [D]home,
to the [Em]place I [C]belong.
West [G]Virginia.
Mountain [D]mama.
Take me [C]home,
Country [G]roads.

All my memories
gather 'round her.
Miner's lady
Strangers to blue water.
Dark and dusty,
painted on the sky.
Misty taste of moonshine,
teardrops in my eyes.

Chorus

[Em]I hear her [D]voice in the [G]morning as she calls me
[C]Radio [G]reminds me of my [D]home far a[D7]way.
[Em]Drivin' down the [F]road I get a [C]feelin' that I [G]should be home
[D]yesterday, yester[D7]day.

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