Otis Gibbs

Ghosts Of Our Fathers

Otis Gibbs

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Ghosts Of Our Fathers

	  		


Intro: Am F C 

Verse 
C          Am       F 
He was almost blind 
                                C 
They say it happens when you've been punched to many times 
               Am    F 
His hands were stone 
                      C 
He was a bare-knuckle champion in an earlier life 
            Am           F 
It was hard not to stare 
                 C 
At his busted up nose and cauliflower ears 
         Am          F 
And he'd smile at me 
                     C                        G 
And say the toughest fighters have their souvenirs 

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F How to carry on C When the hardest punch is thrown F C And take away the burden from our shoulders
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Verse Am F He lived next door C He'd sometimes get with my father and talk about life Am F And sit on the porch C Drinkin' beer and remembering happier times Am F And I was a child C And I was far too young to ever understand Am F What it meant to have a son C G Who'd been drafted and killed in Vietnam
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F How to carry on C When the hardest punch is thrown F C And take away the burden from our shoulders
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Verse Am F My father and I C Tried to keep him company so his mind could rest Am F On Saturday nights C We'd huddle 'round a black and white TV set Am F And we all stood and cheered C When Ali knocked out Foreman that night in Zaire Am F And later that night C G My father held his hand as he broke down and cried
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F How to carry on C When the hardest punch is thrown F C And take away the burden from our shoulders
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Verse Am F And there stands a wall C In the clearing across from the national mall Am F It's crowded with names C Of the thousands of children that never came home Am F I stood in the rain C Watching dozens of mourners stumbling by Am F When I saw his name C I felt the ghost of our fathers kneeling at my side

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