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Ellis Unit One chords

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  • Based on studio version, revised chord timing.
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Song: Ellis Unit One                                            
Artist: Steve Earle     Capo 4

[Intro]
F  G  C  F
F  G  C  C

[Verse 1]
      C
I was fresh out of the service 
       F
It was back in ‘82 
  C                     G              F
I raised some Cain when I came back to town 
  C
I left to be all I could be 
     F
Come home without a clue 
C                G             F
Married Dawn and had to settle down 

[Verse 2]
     C
So I hired on at the prison 
        F
Guess I always knew I would 
     C               G              F
Just like my dad and both my uncles done 
      C
And I worked on every cell block 
         F
Now, and things're goin' good 
              C                 G          C
But then they transferred me to Ellis Unit One

[Chorus]
F     G
Swing low 
C     F
Swing low 
              G        C   
Swing low and carry me home 

[Instrumental]
F  G  C  F
F  G  C  C

[Verse 3]
        C                             F
Now, my Daddy used to talk about them long nights at the walls 
    C                G                F
And how they used to strap ‘em in the chair 
    C                                     F
The kids down from the college and they'd bring their beer ‘n all 
         C                  G                 F
When the lights went out, a cheer rose in the air 
 
[Verse 4]
        C
I guess folks just got too civilized 
    F
Old Sparky's gatherin' dust 
       C               G               F
‘Cause no one wants to touch a smokin' gun 
      C
Since they got that injection now
           F
They don't mind as much, I guess 
          C               G          C
They just put ‘em down on Ellis Unit One 

[Chorus]
F     G
Swing low 
C     F
Swing low 
              G        C
Swing low and carry me home 

[Instrumental]
F  G  C  F
F  G  C  C

[Verse 5]
           C
Well, I've seen ‘em fight like lions, boys 
     F
I've seen 'em go like lambs 
         C                  G                   F
And I've helped to drag ‘em when they could not stand 
         C                                  F
And I've heard their mamas cryin' when they heard that big door slam 
     C                 G                C
I've seen the victim's family's holdin' hands 

[Verse 6]
     C                                   F
Last night I dreamed that I woke up with straps across my chest 
    C                  G                       F
And something cold and black pumped through my lungs 
     C                               F
Even Jesus couldn't save me though I know he did his best 
    C                G          C
But he don't live on Ellis Unit One 

[Chorus]
F     G
Swing low 
C     F
Swing low 
              G        C
Swing low and carry me home 

F     G
Swing low 
C         F
Don’t let go
F              G       F       C
Swing low and carry me home 





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