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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
****************** TO BEAT THE DEVIL ******************

written and performed by Kris Kristofferson.

Verse 1:(spoken)
          G                              C/G                G
        It was winter time in Nashville,down on music city row
                                          D                          C/G
        And i was lookin' for a place to get myself out of the cold
                                           G             Em    C/G
        To warm the frozen feelin' that was eatin' at my soul
        And keep the chilly wind off my guitar

Verse 2:(spoken)
          G                         C/G             G
        My thirsty wanted whisky,my hungry needed beans
        But it'd been of month of paydays since i've heard that eagle scream
            C/G                         G                        Em     C/G
        So with my stomach full of empty and my pockets full of dreams
        I left my pride and stepped inside a bar

         Em                                      C/G
        Actually i guess you'd could call it a Tavern...
        Cigarette smoke to the ceiling and sawdust on the floor
        Friendly shadows

Verse 3:(spoken)
           G                                 C/G             G
        I saw that there was just one old man sittin' at the bar
                                                     D              C/G
        And in the mirror i could see him checkin' me and my guitar
                          G                       Em                   C/G
        He turned,and said "Come up here boy,and show us what you are"
        I said "I'm dry"-and he brought me a beer

Verse 1-bis:(spoken)
            G                             C/G                   G
        He nodded at my guitar and said "It's a tough life,ain't it"
                                                D                               C/G
        I just looked at him,and he said "You ain't makin' any money,are you?"
                                            G                         Em                       C/G
        I said "You've been readin' my mail".He just smiled and said "Let me see your guitar"
          C/G                           G
        I've got something you want to hear.Then he laid it on me

Verse sang 1:
           G                                     C/G
        If you waste your time of talkin' to the people who don't listen
                 G                                    D
        To the things that you are sayin',who do you think's gonna hear
                G                                 C/G
        And if you should die explaining how the things that they complain about
              G                                     D               G
        Are things they could be changin' who do you think's gonna care
                   D                           C/G                   G
        There were other lonely singers in a world turned deaf and blind
        Who were crucified for what they tried to show
                   G                                   C/G              G
        And their voice's have been scattered by the swirling winds of time
                                     D                G
        Cause the truth remains that no one wants to know

Verse 4:(spoken)
          G                                    C/G                G
        Well,the old man was a stranger,but i'd heard his song before
                                                D                          C/G
        Back when failure had me locked out on the wrong side of the door
                                          G                Em   C/G
        When no one stood behind me but my shadow on the floor
        And lonesome was more than a state of mind

Verse 2-bis:(spoken)
             G                               C/G                           G
        You see,the devil haunts a hungry man,and if you don't wanna join him
                     D       C/G
        You got to beat him
                                       G                 Em               C/G
        I ain't sayin' i beat the devil but i drank his beer for nothing
        Then i stole his song

Verse sang 2:
                 G                                C/G
        And you still can hear me singin' to the people who don't listen
                 G                              D
        To the things that i am sayin',prayin' someones gonna hear
               G                                C/G
        And i guess i'll die explainig how the things that they complain about
              G                                   D               G
        Are things they could be changin',hopin' someones gonna care
               D                            C/G              G
        I was born a lonely singer,and i'm bound to die the same
        But i've got to feed the hunger in my soul
                  G                          C/G          G
        And if i never have a nickle i won't ever die ashamed
                                   D                 G
        Cause i don't believe that no one wants to know

Thanks to Jan Ekeland for the lyrics.
Perret Charles-Amir : perret@diva.univ-mlv.fr
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TheVolta 210 Apr 09, 2013 10:27 AM

Perfect. Thanks a lot!

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jgayaldo 28 May 19, 2014 07:34 PM

I think its "the swirling winds of time" otherwise great

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jgayaldo 28 Mar 03, 2015 05:25 PM, edited at 10:26 pm

also just noticed its sawdust on the floor, but other than that it seems perfect

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