Nanci Griffith

Tecumseh Valley

Nanci Griffith


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Tecumseh Valley

Written by Townes Van Zandt

	  		 C                    F   C    
The name she gave was Caroline,    
 F            C         
Daughter of a miner,    
 F                            Em          Am    
And her ways were free and it seemed to me    
 G           F      C         
The sunshine walked beside her.  
 C                    F          C    
She came from Spencer across the hill.    
 F                  C    
She said her Pa had sent her    
 F                          Em       Am    
'Cause the coal was low and soon the snow    
 G               F        C        
Would turn those skies to winter. 
 C                     F        C    
She said she'd come to look for work,   
 F                  C    
She was not seeking favor.    
 F                     Em       Am    
For a dime a day and a place to stay    
 G               F        C         
She'd turn those hands to labor. 
 C                                     F         C    
But the times were hard, Lord, and the jobs were few    
 F                    C         
All through Tecumseh Valley    
 F                       Em      Am    
But she asked around, and a job she found    
 G             F     C         
Tending bar at Gypsy Sally's. 
 C                  F        C    
She saved enough to get back home    
 F                     C    
When spring replaced the winter,    
 F                              Em     Am    
But her dreams were denied; her Pa had died.    
 G            F         C    
The word come down from Spencer. 
 C                           F      C      
So she turned to whorin' out on the streets    
 F                C    
With all the lust inside her    
 F                    Em       Am    
And it was many a man returned again    
 G           F C    
To lay himself beside her. 
 C                  F        C    
They found her down beneath the stairs    
 F                C    
That led to Gypsy Sally's    
 F                                  Em        Am    
And in her hand when she died was a note that cried    
 G               F     C         
"Fare thee well, Tecumseh Valley".    
**instrumental verse***    
**repeat first verse***    


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