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Mark Erelli - A Bend In The River


CAPO: 2nd fret



[Intro]
Dm G C

[Chorus]
            F
It's just a bend in the river
          C           Am
Where the water slows down
             Dm                G
It might not look like much to you
                C
But it's my hometown


[Verse 1]
            C
It ain't no mystery
         F
How this town was born
                  C
It started with a couple farms
                      G7
Then the mill and the general store


[Verse 2]
               C
Ever since the work went south
          F
And those wheels don't run
                 C
The bars got the churches beat
            G7
By at least two to one


[Verse 3]
         C
And I've lived 'round here
             F
Ever since I was a kid
                   C
I used to dream of getting out
                G7
Just like those college boys did


[Verse 4]
            C
But maybe (D)I was born
          F
Without a rambling bone
                      C
You stay in one place long enough
G7               C
And it starts to feel like home


[Chorus]



[Verse 5]
      C
I got married here
             F
It'll be two years this spring
                     C
I can see her in her mama's white dress
                      G7
Every time I hear the church bell ring


[Verse 6]
       C
I know some folks say
                  F
That she could do better than me
                      C
But she was raising a girl on her own
            G7
And she was only nineteen


[Verse 7]
                   C
Can't get 'dm everything they want
                     F
So I try to give 'dm what they need
                      C
Now and then I pull a graveyard shift
            G7
Down at the factory


[Verse 8]
                C
When I see that little girl smile
           F
Playing in our backyard
                  C
Lord, it makes it all worthwhile
G7                         C
It keeps me going when the going gets hard


[Chorus]



[Instrumental]
Dm  G  C  Am  Em  A7

                       **Key Change - Up 2 Semitones**


[Verse 9]
              D
It's changing every day
              G
The signs are all around
               D
One more field gone to seed
             A7
Another barn falling down


[Verse 10]
                  D
Main Street's all boarded up
           G
And nobody cares, I guess
                              D
'Cause there's a place on the edge of town
                    A7
That's selling everything for less


[Verse 11]
              D
But sometimes in my dreams
          G
I see the waters rise
          D
The river jumps its banks
                 A7
And this town is purified


[Verse 12]
              D
Everything is washed away
             G
Clear to the county line
                     D
And we can start all over again
A7                D
Maybe do a little better next time


[Chorus]
            G
It's just a bend in the river
          D           Bm
Where the water slows down
             Em                A7
It might not look like much to you
                 D
But it's our hometown


[Chorus]
            G
It's just a bend in the river
          D           Bm
Where the water slows down
             Em                A7
It might not look like much to you
                 D
But it's our hometown


[Outro]
Em  A7  D
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