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Levelland Chords

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Levelland by Robert Earl Keen 


Capo 2||

Intro: D G D Bm G

D
Flatter than a tabletop
G
Makes you wonder why they stopped here
D               Bm                   G
Wagon must have lost a wheel or they lacked ambition one
D
On the great migration west
G
Separated from the rest
D                      Bm
Though they might have tried their best
     G
They never caught the sun

        A
So they sunk some roots down in the dirt
   G
To keep from blowin' off the earth
A
Built a town around here
             G                A
And when the dust had all but cleared
               D              G              A
They called it Levelland, the pride of man
   D           G    A
In Levelland

D
Granddad grew the dry land wheat
G
Stood on his own two feet
D            Bm                  G
His mind got incomplete and they put him into the home
D
Daddy's cotton grows so high
G
Sucks the water table dry
D                  Bm
Rollin’ sprinklers circle by
G
Bleedin' them to the bone
      A
And I won't be here when it comes a day
   G
It all dries up and blows away
    A
I'd hang around just to see
         G              A             D
But they never had much use for me in Levelland
           G          A         D          G     A
They don't understand me out in Levelland

      G                      Bm              A             E
And I watch those jet trails carvin’ up that big blue sky
G        Bm                     A
Coast to coasters watch 'em go
      G                     Bm
And I never would blame 'em one damn bit
        A                    D
If they never looked down on this
G        Bm                A
Not much here they'd wanna know
     D
Just Levelland
               G                 A
Far as you can point your hand
            D          G   A
Nothin' but Levelland

G Bm A D G Bm A G Bm A D G Bm A

D
Mama used to roll her hair
G
Back before the central air
D            Bm                G
We'd sit outside and watch the stars at night
D
She'd tell me to make a wish
G
I'd wish we both could fly
D                 Bm
Don't think she's seen the sky
G
Since we got the satellite dish and
D
I can hear the marching band
G
Doin' the best they can to play
D             Bm       G
"Smoke on the Water", "Joy to the World"
D
I've paid off all my debts
G
Got some change left over yet and I'm
D            Bm
Gettin' on a whisper jet
          G                   A        D
I'm gonna fly as far as I can get from Levelland
          G           A            
doin' the best I can
       D                   G      A
Out in Levelland - imagine that

(D   G A)x4     Bm G A D
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Mainer wrote on December 11 2013, 02:03 pm, edited on December 19 2013, 01:49 pm

If anyone wantst to play this like the original (by James Mcmurtry), just take off the capo and transpose the chords down a step to C F Am and G :)

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