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    Clarence Carter                 “Patches”              Capo 4          Written by: Catfish

G
I was born and raised down in Alabama
Bm
On a farm way back up in the woods
G7
I was so raggedy, folks used call me, “Patches”
C             Bm           Am
Papa used to tease me ‘bout it
G                                       E
Of course deep down inside he was hurt
Am
‘Cause he’d done all he could

 D
My papa was a great ol’ man
C
I can see him with a shovel in his hand
D
See, education he never had
C
But he did wonders when the time got bad
D
The little money from the crops he raised
C
Barely paid the bills we made






G                                       Bb
Oh, life it kicked him down to the ground
C                                       G
When he tried to get up, life would kick him back down
G                                  Bb
One day papa called me to his dyin’ bed
C                                               G
Put his hands on my shoulders and in tears he said

             G
He said, “Patches
                        Bm
I’m dependin’ on you, son
                          G7
To pull the family through
                     C  Bm Am  G  E   Am
My son, it’s all left up to you”

D
Two days later papa passed away
C
And I became a man that day
D
So I told mama I was gonna quit school
C
But she said that was daddy’s strictest rule
D
So every morning ‘fore I went to school
C                                                                                       
I fed the chickens and I chopped wood too




G                               Bb
Sometimes I felt that I couldn’t go on
C                               G
I wanted to leave, just run away from home
G                               Bb
But I would remember what my daddy said
C                               G
With tears in his eyes on his dyin’ bed

 
             G
He said, “Patches
                              Bm
I’m dependin’ on you, son
                      G7
I tried to do my best
                 C  Bm     Am  G  E   Am
It’s up to you to do the rest”

                    G
But then one day a strong rain came
            Bm
And washed all the crops away
       G7
And at the age of 13
                       C               Bm                Am         G                       E
I thought I was carryin’ the weight of the whole world on my shoulders
                                       Am
And you know mama knew what I was going through






 D
‘Cause every day I had to work the fields
C
‘Cause that’s the only way we got our meals
D
You see, I was the oldest of the family
C
And everybody else depended on me
D
Every night I heard my mama pray
C 
Lord, give him strength to face another day

  G                                     Bb
4 years have passed and all the kids have grown
C                               G
The angels took mama to a brand new home
G                       Bb
God knows people, I she'd tears
C                               G
But my daddy’s voice kept me through the years

           G
Sayin’, “Patches
                                Bm
I’m dependin’ on you, son
                              G7
To pull the family through
                      C          G    E   Am
My son, it’s all left up to you”

                                                   



                                                        G
I can still hear papa when he said, “Patches
                               Bm
I’m dependin’ on you, son
                         G7
I tried to do my best
                 C  Bm  Am  G   E   Am 
It’s up to you to do the rest”

                                                      G
I can still hear papa when he said, “Patches
                                Bm
I’m dependin’ on you, son
                               G7
To pull the family through
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