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A Train Robbery Chords

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'A Train Robbery'
by Levon Helm

http://www.levonhelm.com/

===========================


Intro: G


G                        C           G
The foreman touched the cold steel lines
G                 D           G
The rail bed was frozen with ice
G                              C            G
In the distance an engine was keeping good time
G                  D           G
The steam whistle moaned just twice


C                              G
Down in the cut past the old Tressel bridge
C                   D
Twelve fine horses stood
G                           C           G
Masked men shivered in the cold on the ridge
G                 D         G
Not far from the Glendale woods


G                              C       G
The brass lamp shone from the swaying train
G                D            G
When the driver saw the red light
G                             C      G
Her iron brakes sparked like silver rain
G                 D                   G
And the metals screamed through the night


C                              G
The baggage man peered out to look for the fault
C                        D
When fear froze up his heart
G                                     C    G
He was staring down the barrel of an army colt
G                   D        G
That threatened to tear him apart




G
We will burn your train to cinders
C                      G
so throw the money on down
G
Open up your damned express car
C                      G
And jump down to the ground


G
But we won't touch that old woman
C                             G
[Incomprehensible] and they claimed
G
They ain't offered no reward
C                    G
For Frank and Jesse James
C                 G
Frank and Jesse James





G                        C               G
In long soldier's coats frayed with the years
G              D         G
Quickly they scrambled aboard
G                              C          G
Men were the sweatin' and the women shed tears
G                D            G
And a preacher prayed to the Lord


C                                      G
When they opened the safe there was nothing for them
C                                 D
So they strode down through the train
G                             C        G
What a miserable sight these desperate men
G                            D             G
Robbin' old folks for their gold, watch, chains




G
We will burn your train to cinders
C                      G
so throw the money on down
G
Open up your damned express car
C                      G
And jump down to the ground


G
But we won't touch that old woman
C                             G
[Incomprehensible] and they claimed
G
They ain't offered no reward
C                    G
For Frank and Jesse James
C                G
Frank and Jesse James




C                                     G
Now some say the devil had taken his soul
C                      D
Some say his spirit survived
G                                     C            G
But we all know he was nothin' but a Missouri farm boy
G                 D     G
Just fighting to stay alive


C                  G
High above that railroad bed
C                                 D
On a ridge where the pines grow tall
G                                     C          G
If you listen to the wind, there's a ghost of a chance
G                  D          G
You can still hear old Jesse call





G
We will burn your train to cinders
C                     G
so throw the money on down
G
Open up your damned express car
C                     G
And jump down to the ground


G
But we won't touch that old woman
C                              G
[Incomprehensible] and they claimed
G
They ain't offered no reward
C                     G
For Frank and Jesse James
C                 G
Frank and Jesse James



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justsam wrote on October 8 2008, 03:48 pm

I think this song is supposed to be in Bb.

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crazychester14 wrote on October 5 2012, 02:54 pm

Capo 3 and then play these chords.

[Incomprehensible] = "she's southern and she's claimed" in the 2nd part of the chorus.

The first 2 lines of the last verse "Now some say the devil had taken his soul, Some say his spirit survived" should be G, C, G, G, D, G like all the other verses.

--------Love For Levon//////Keep It Goin'--------

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Ottersong wrote on August 25 2015, 04:50 am

Thank you so much..maybe try this for the "incomprehensible" part of the Song.
G
But we won't touch that old Pullman
C G
she's "Southron" and acclaimed

. it makes more sense to me.. it is definitely "Pullman" for the Pullman Car..not "woman" but most lyrics sites list "claimed" not "Acclaimed" but think about it... it makes more way more sense to say acclaimed.. "Southron" sounds like it may be an old slang pronunciation..PS

But we won't touch that old Pullman
C G
she's southron and acclaimed

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