Tom Russell

American Rivers

Tom Russell

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American Rivers

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Intro 
C 

verse 1 
              F           C    
Ain?t no more cane on the Brazos 
      F     G     C 
Yeah, yeah, yeah 
              F                C 
It?s all been ground down to molasses 
F     G     C 
Yeah, yeah, yeah 


verse 2 

I saw a red iron sunset 

From a rust iron bridge 
              F 
In the Indian country 
                   C 
Of the mockingbird kid 


verse 3 

I saw the moon in a boxcar 

Being carried as freight 
                  F 
Through sixty-two winters  
                    C 
Through forty-eight states 


verse 4 

In an old Chinese graveyard  

I slept in the weeds 
                  F 
When a song and a story  
               C 
Were all a kid needs 


Verse 5 

Hear the rhymes and the rattles  

Of those runaway trains 
                     F 
And the songs of the cowboy  
                     C 
And the sound of the rain 

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And it?s, "Mom, I miss you" I woke up and screamed F American rivers C Roll deep through my dreams F C It's Colorado, yeah, Allegheny F C Shenandoah, Susquehanny Am G And the Wabash and the Hudson, the brave Rio Grande F C I was a kid there, asleep in the sandy old water F C F C Yeah, old water, yeah
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Interlude C Bb C Bb C Verse 6 We named ?em for Indians Our guilt to forsake F The Delaware the Blackfoot C The Flathead the Snake Verse 7 Now they roll past casinos And old hamburger stands F They?re all waving farewell C To the kid on the land Verse 8 With their jigsawed old arteries So clogged and defiled F No open heart miracle C Is gonna turn ?em back wild Verse 9 Past towns gone to bankers Past fields gone to seed F All cut up and carved out C So divided by greed verse 10 And old grandfather catfish With his whiskers so long F And his life in a struggle C 'Cause the oxygen?s gone
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"Oh, mom, I miss you", I woke up and screamed F These American rivers C They poison my dreams F C It's Colorado, yeah, Allegheny F C Shenandoah, Susquehanny Am G And the Wabash and the Hudson, the brave Rio Grande F C I was a kid there, I was asleep in the sandy old water F C F Yeah, old water, yeah
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Outro C Bb C Bb C

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