Billy Joel

The Ballad of Billy the Kid

Billy Joel

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The Ballad of Billy the Kid

	  		        G               Em             F 
From a town known as Wheeling, West Virginia 
        G           Em              F C D 
Rode a boy with a six-gun in his hand 
          G              Em 
And his daring life of crime 
             F            C 
Made him a legend in his time 
G        Am7     D7sus4 
East and West of the Rio Grande 
 
F-F-C...C-F-D......F-F-C...C-F-D 
 
          G             Em         F 
Well he started with a bank in Colorado 
          G           Em              F C D 
In the pocket of his vest a Colt he hid 
         G           Em 
And his age and his size 
           F          C 
Took the teller by surprise 
G Am7                 D7sus4 
And the word spread of Billy the Kid 
 
F-F-C...C-F-D 
 
G         C               D 
Well he never travelled heavy 
           Em        Bm 
Yes, he always rode alone 
        C             C/D          G7sus4 
And he soon put many older guns to shame 
          C              D 
Well he never had a sweetheart 
        Em          Bm 
And he never had a home 
           C                                  Dsus4  Dsus4 D 
But the cowboys and the ranchers knew his name 
 
          G                  Em        F 
Well he robbed his way from Utah to Oklahoma 
         G                  Em                 F C D 
And the law just could not seem to track him down 
         G                Em 
And it served his legend well 
          F                 C 
For the folks they love to tell 
G Am7                  D7sus4 
'Bout when Billy the Kid came to town 
 
Piano Solo 
 
 G              Em              F 
One cold day a posse captured Billy 
          G            Em                         F C D 
And the judge said, "String 'im up for what he did." 
           G              Em 
And the cowboys and their kin 
          F               C 
Like the sea came pourin' in 
G  Am7                  D7sus4 
To watch the hangin' of Billy the Kid 
 
G         C               D 
Well he never travelled heavy 
        Em           Bm 
Yes, he always rode alone 
         C            C/D         G7sus4 
And he soon put many older guns to shame 
          C             D 
Well he never had a sweetheart 
         Em             Bm 
But he finally found a home 
    C                                            Dsus4  Dsus4 D 
Underneath the boothill grave that bears his name 
 
        G              Em             F 
From a town known as Oyster Bay, Long Island 
        G          Em                 F C D 
Rode a boy with a six-pack in his hand 
          G              Em 
And his daring life of crime 
              F            C 
Made him a legend in his time 
G         Am7      D7sus4 
East and West of the Rio Grande 
 
 

		  

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