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Blue Wing

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He had a Blue Wing tattooed on his shoulder.  Well it might have been a bluebird I don't know.  
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But he'd get stone drunk and talk about Alaska.  Salmon boats and forty-five below  
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He said he got that Blue Wing up in Walla Walla.  Where his cellmate there was a little Willy John  
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Willy he was once a great blues singer.  And Wing and Willy wrote him up a song:  
C F C G He said its dark in here, can't see the sky. But I look at this Blue Wing and I close my eyes C F C G Then I fly away, beyond these walls. Up above the clouds, where the rain don't fall. Am G Am G On a poor man's dreams? (yaa, On a poor man's dreams, yaa)
C Well they paroled Blue Wing in August, 1963 C Dm And he moved on pickin? apples to the town of Wenatchee. Dm Winter finally caught him in a run down trailer park, Dm G C On the south side of Seattle where the days grow gray and dark C And he drank and he dreamt a vision of when the salmon still swam free C Dm And his father?s father?s crossed that wide old Bering Sea. Dm And the land belonged to everyone, and there were old songs left to sing. Dm G C Now it?s narrowed down to a cheap hotel and a tattooed prison wing.
C Well he drank his way to L.A. and that?s where he died. But no one knew his Christian name C Dm And there was no one there to cry. But I dreamt there was a service. Dm A preacher and an old pine box. Dm G C And halfway through the sermon you know Blue Wing began to talk

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