Craig Morgan

The Ballad Of Mr Jenkins

Craig Morgan

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The Ballad Of Mr Jenkins

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With skin as tough as a burlap sack 
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He had his second heart attack 
C                         G 
Last summer but hes still goin 

G 
Theres a melancholy in his eyes 
G/B 
For all of you who care enough 
Cadd9                       G 
To wonder why, well, let me tell you 

Em                     Asus 
It all started back in 1957 
Cadd9                            D        Cadd9 
When ole Walt Disney took him by surprise 
G/B       D       Cadd9  G 
Thats the day Old Yeller died 

G 
Well, that twelve year old became a man 
G/B                              Cadd9 
Eleven years too soon in Vietnam 
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With his best friend Tommy 

G 
They were tough as nails and southern born 
G/B                                   Cadd9 
And awfully proud to wear that uniform 
                G 
Then things got scary 

Em                           Asus 
On April 4th, Tommy left for Heaven 
Cadd9                                D       Cadd9 
The same year the world was taken by surprise 
G/B       D          Cadd9    G 
Thats the day Martin Luther died 

   D                 
So before you judge him you need to know 
Cadd9 
Theres more to that old man than what you 
G                                 D 
See there on that barstool with a Bourbon in his hand 

G 
You heard about his younger years 
Cadd9 
But dont leave now theres more to hear 
G                                       D 
That might explain the pain in that old man 

G 
How quick America forgot 
G/B 
About the only war theyd lost 
Cadd9                             G 
And life goes on, thats what they tell ya 

G 
No ticker tape no reason why 
G/B 
Might have never seen the end of that chapter 
Cadd9                        G 
Of his life, if he hadnt met Betty 

Em                             Asus 
They got married in December 1980 
Cadd9                               D     
No doubt it was the best day of his life 
Cadd9 G/B      D     Cadd9  G 
Two days before John Lennon died 

  D                 
So before you judge him you need to know 
Cadd9 
Theres more to that old man than what you 
G                                 D 
See there on that barstool with a Bourbon in his hand 

D   
Now weve covered chapter two 
Cadd9 
I can almost see a change in you 
G                                     D 
Theres still a lot of life in that old man 

   G 
He hadnt had a drink in at least a year 
G/B 
To tell the truth Im shocked hes here 
Cadd9                      D 
But as long as he wants em, Im gonna pour em 

       G 
Before you came in I asked him why 
        G/B                                      Cadd9 
He just raised his fragile head and wiped his eyes 
            G 
And then he told me 

Em                                    Asus 
Ive seen so much in my life Ive never questioned 
     Cadd9                         D        Cadd9 
This time the good Lord took me by surprise 
G/B    D     Cadd9 G   
Yesterday my Betty died 

G     
With skin as tough as a burlap sack 
G/B 
He had his second heart attack 
Cadd9                         G 
Last summer but hes still goin 
		  

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