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Uncle Lem chords

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[Verse 1]
C
The ladies of the garden club say
                                   G
His home is just a disgrace to the town

If the Mayor wants re-elected
                                       C
He'd better pass some laws and tear it down

They wanna cover it with flowers
                              F
Maybe even plant some dogwood trees
  G
I guess that they've forgotten
                                          C
When we were kids what that place used to be

[Verse 2]
C
I know it's just a shanty now
                                          G
But Lord, that place was built with human tears

For it's the home of Uncle Lem
                                           C
Who was born and raised and lived there ninety years

There's not a boy in this whole town
                                F
Hasn't stopped for water at his well
   G
Or sat on his porch in the evenin'
                                      C
And listened to the stories that he'd tell

[Chorus]
        G
Oh, his hair was the color of a cotton field
        F                C
And his skin was old and brown
    F                   C
And he was born in that rundown shack
                   G
Before there was a town
   F
He bought that shack and a piece of earth
        C
For the highest price to pay

His mom was bought and sold there
      G                C
Uncle Lem was born'd a slave

[Bridge]
C
The mayor and some ladies of the garden club
                                                        G
Went out to tell Uncle Lem that he'd have to find a new place to live

Well, they found him there in that old broken down rockin' chair
                                       C
And on an old paper bag they found his will

"Now I wanna leave my old shotgun to the fine mayor of this town
                                          G
For I remember when he a little fella, he used to follow me around

Lord, I wish I had more to give to my friends that I love

But all I've got is this old shack and a piece of earth
C
And I want it to go to the ladies of the garden club"

[Chorus]
        G
Oh, his hair was the color of a cotton field
        F                C
And his skin was old and brown
    F                   C
And he was born in that rundown shack
                   G
Before there was a town
   F
He bought that shack and a piece of earth
        C
For the highest price to pay

His mom was bought and sold there
      G                C
Uncle Lem was born'd a slave
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