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Desperados Waiting For A Train chords

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  • From the album "Old No.1" (1975) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSxs89qT-r0.
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[Intro]
D  A7  D A7

[Verse I]
D                               C  G/B
I'd play the Red River Valley
         A                      Bm      A
And he'd sit in the kitchen and cry
            G   D/F#         Em      D       Bm
And run his fingers through seventy years of livin'
             G         D/F#  Em                      Asus4   A
And wonder, "Lord, has ever' well I've drilled gone dry?"
A                           D
We was friends, me and this old man

[Chorus]
        Bm                     G
Like desperados waitin' for a train
         Bm                     G     G  D/F#   Em   Asus4  A
Like desperados waitin' for a train

[Verse II]
D                                         C G/B
He's a drifter and a driller of oil wells
A                            Bm   A
And an old school man of the world
             G      D/F#      Em
He taught me how to drive his car
              D        Bm
When he's too drunk to
         G        D/F#    Em            Asus4 A
And he'd wink and give me money for the girls
        A                               D
And our lives was like some old western movie

[Chorus]
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train
     Bm                       G       G  D/F#  Em   Asus4 A
Like desperados waitin' for a train

[Verse III]
         D                                            C G/B
From the time that I could walk he'd take me with him
     A                           Bm   A
To a bar called the Green Frog Cafe
              G   D/F#     Em            D   Bm 
And there was old men with beer guts and dominos
G      D/F#       Em               Asus4 A
Lying 'bout their lives while they played
    A
And I was just a kid
                      D
They all called his "Sidekick"

[Chorus]
     Bm                       G
Like desperados waitin' for a train
     Bm                       G        G  D/F#  Em   Asus4 A
Like desperados waitin' for a train

[Verse IV]
    D                                         C G/B
One day I looked up and he was pushin' eighty
            A                                 Bm   A
And there's brown tobacco stains all down his chin
         G       D/F#       Em             D       Bm
Well, to me he's one of the heroes of this country
   G        D/F#        Em               Asus4 A
So why's he all dressed up like them old men
         A                               D
Drinkin' beer and playin' Moon and Forty-two

[Chorus]
            Bm                      G
Just like a desperado waitin' for a train
       Bm                      G        G  D/F#  Em   Asus4 A
Like a desperado waitin' for a train

[Verse V]
  D                                     C G/B
A day before he died, I went to see him
A                             Bm   A
I was grown and he was almost gone
           G          D/F#     Em              D       Bm
So we just closed our eyes and dreamed us up a kitchen
    G      D/F#  Em                Asus4 A
And sang another verse to that old song
A                                              D
"Come on, Jack, that son of a bitch is comin' "

[Chorus]
      Bm                      G
We’re desperados waitin' for a train
      Bm                      G
Like desperados waitin' for a train
      Bm                      G
Like desperados waitin' for a train
      Bm                      G
Like desperados waitin' for a train

(Finish on G)

            
            
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