Tom Russell

The Ballad Of Edward Abbey

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The Ballad Of Edward Abbey

	  		
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verse 1 
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It was in the town of Tucson in Nineteen Eighty-Three 
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A man named Edward Abbey come a walking up to me 
                                           G               Am 
He pulled his cigar from his mouth, said, "I smell lawyers here" 
                        F          G               Am 
The politician, running-dogs, they crawled away in fear 

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verse 2 F G Am Ed walked across the desert at least a thousand times G Am He spoke with javelina, slept 'neath piņon pine G Am And if he saw a billboard there, he'd chop that bastard down F G Am Said, if a man can't piss in his own front yard, he'd never keep close to town
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G Singing do-ra-do Am Singing do-ra-day F C E7 Am Lord, I wish Edward Abbey were walking round today
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verse 3 F G Am Ed had a taste for women, in fact he married quite a few G Am He said, "I'd fall in love, boys, but I'm only passing through G Am You know I like 'em all, boys, and some more than the rest F G Am I've tried my hand at monogamy, now I'm off to save the west
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verse 4 F G Am Ed died one day at sundown in his Tucson riding shack G Am They wrapped him in a sleeping bag and drove him way out back G Am Beneath the wild saguaro, the coyotes chewed his bones F G Am And on a hidden marker, was 'No Comment', carved in stone
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G Singing do-ra-do Am Singing do-ra-day F C E7 Am Yeah, I wish Edward Abbey were walking round today
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Verse 5 F G Am Now I'm living in the desert, but the town is a-closing in G Am Those cracker box developments, Ed would call a sin G Am We stole this land from the Mexican and now we'll sell it back F G Am And they'll live like mortgage prisoners in those goddamn housing tracts Verse 6 F G Am Tell me, who votes for the mountain lion, tell me, who votes for the fox G Am Who votes for the spotted owl who hides there in the rocks G Am I wish that Ed would come again with a chainsaw in his hand F G Am And carve all up those housing tracts and take on back the land
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G Singing do-ra-do Am Singing do-ra-day F C E7 Am Yeah, I wish Edward Abbey were walking round today
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