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A Stick A Carrot A String chords

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    E
the horse's hay beneath his head
    A                        
our Lord was born to a manger bed
      F#m                  
that all whose wells run dry
       A    F#m  E
could drink of his supply

    E                                 
to keep him warm, the sheep drew near
    A                             
so grateful for His coming here
      F#m                
come with news of grace
      A  F#m  E
come to take my place
     E
the donkey whispered in his ear
     A            
"child, in 30-some-odd years
      F#m                                     
you'll ride someone who looks like me
   A F#m E
untriumphantly"


     E                          
the cardinals warbled a joyful song
      A                            
he'll make right what man made wrong
     F#m
bringing low the hills
            A F#m E
that the valleys might be filled

        E                             
then "child", asked the birds
        A                               
"well, aren't they lovely words we sing?"
     F#m                        
the tiny baby lay there
        A F#m  E
without saying anything

   E
at a distance stood a mangy goat
     A              
with the crooked teeth and a matted coat
   F#m                    
weary eyes and worn
        A   F#m   E
chipped and twisted horns

    E                                        
thinking "maybe I'll make friends someday
       A           
with the cows and the hens in the rambouillet
      F#m                   
but for now, I'll keep away
          A   F#m  E
I've got nothing smart to say"

      E                        
there's a sign on the barn in the cabbage town
     A                  
"when the rain picks up and the sun goes down
      F#m              
sinners, come inside
           A   F#m   E
with no money, come and buy

E                               
no clever talk, nor a gift to bring
      A                  
requires our lowly, lovely king
     F#m                
come you, empty handed,
          A  F#m E
you don't need anything"

[the solo is tremolo picking
listen to the song to figure out the pattern of how long
to pick each note}

e---------------11-------------------------|
B--14-16--17-16---16-14--------------------|
G------------------------------------------|
D------------------------------------------|
A------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------|

E                                   
and the night was cool and clear as glass
      A                          
with the sneaking snake in the garden grass
     F#m                   
deep cried out to deep
         A F#m  E
the disciples fast asleep

     E                                         
and the snake perked up when he heard You ask
     A                                  
"if you're willing that this cup might pass
    F#m
we could find our way back home
                A    F#m E
maybe start a family all our own"

      E                                    
"but does not the Father guide the Son?
     A       
not my will, but yours be done.
      F#m                    
what else here to do?
          A   F#m  E
what else for me, but You?"

     E                               
and the snake who'd held the world
     A                    
a stick, a carrot and a string
    F#m                          
was crushed beneath the foot
           A   F#m  E
of your not wanting anything

            
            
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sxcountry 216 Aug 12, 2009 07:57 PM

hey, the chords are right, but in the wrong places. and its F#m...
....E
the horse's hay beneath his head
....A
our Lord was born to a manger bed
.....F#m
that all whose wells run dry
.......A F#m E
could drink of his supply

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sxcountry 216 Aug 12, 2009 08:00 PM

On the last line, those chords hit on "drink," "his," and "supply" respectfully...

I capo the 7th fret and play A, D, Bm, to get the higher sound Aaron gets.

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gaskillscats 10 Dec 08, 2014 06:22 AM, edited at 11:24 am

This confused me when I was learning this song, the guitar chords may be correct for the finger picking he plays, but the accordion is playing slightly different chords, mainly just walking up and down in between the changes. If you're strumming, you might want to try the accordion chords:

E
the horse's hay beneath his head
A G#m F#m
our Lord was born to a manger bed
A G#m F#m
that all whose wells run dry
A F#m E
could drink of his supply

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