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Desperados Waiting For A Train Chords

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This is one of the saddest songs I've ever heard. This is merely MY take on the version
performed by Highwaymen. For your reference, it was written by Guy Clark, though you
probably knew that...

I'm not claiming that it's right, but I think it sounds good, especially if you capo the
first or second fret. As it is my own version, any of those people who want to submit
corrections can shove those corrections right up their bottom - sideways! Although, those
with ideas on how to play the song differently are more than welcome to e-mail me at
James_P_Holloway@Yahoo.co.uk.

The chorus can get pretty boring after playing it five times, so I tend to play it after
verses 1, 3 and 5 - though do whatever you like, I really don't care.

Anyway, on with the music.

[VERSE]

D
I'd play the Red River Valley
         A                          Bm
And he'd sit out in the kitchen and cry
        G               Em               D      Bm
Run his fingers through seventy years of livin'
            G               Em                 A
And wonder, Lord, has every well I drilled run dry
        A                        D
We were friends, me and this old man

[CHORUS]
     Bm                        G
Like desperadoes waiting for a train
     Bm                        G     Em   Asus4   A
Like desperadoes waiting for a train

[VERSE]
       D
He's a drifter and a driller of oil wells
       A                     Bm
And an old school man of the world
     G                Em                D        Bm
He'd let me drive his car when he's too drunk to
         G                Em            A
And he'd wink and give me money for the girls
        A                               D
And our lives was like some old western movie

[CHORUS]
     Bm                        G
Like desperadoes waiting for a train
     Bm                        G     Em   Asus4   A
Like desperadoes waiting for a train

[VERSE]
         D
From the time that I could walk he'd take me with him
     A                           Bm
To a bar called the Green Frog Cafe
              G            Em                D        Bm
And there was old men with beer guts and dominoes
G                 Em                 A
Lyin' about their lives while they'd play
    A                                D
And I was just a kid, they called me Sidekick

[CHORUS]
     Bm                        G
Like desperadoes waiting for a train
     Bm                        G     Em   Asus4   A
Like desperadoes waiting for a train

[VERSE]
D
One day I looked up and he's pushin' eighty
A                                 Bm
Brown tobacco stains all down his chin
   G                  Em             D        Bm
To me he's one of the heroes of this country
   G                    Em               A
So why's he all dressed up like them old men
         A                               D
Drinkin' beer and playin' Moon and Forty Two

[CHORUS]
     Bm                        G
Like desperadoes waiting for a train
     Bm                        G     Em   Asus4   A
Like desperadoes waiting for a train

[VERSE]
    D
The day before he died I went to see him
A                             Bm
I was grown and he was almost gone
           G                   Em              D        Bm
So we just closed our eyes and dreamed us up a kitchen
    G            Em                A
And sang another verse to that old song
         A                            D
Come on, Jack, that son of a bitch is coming

[CHORUS]
     Bm                        G
Like desperadoes waiting for a train
     Bm                        G
Like desperadoes waiting for a train
     Bm                        G
Like desperadoes waiting for a train
     Bm                        G     Em     Asus4     A     D
Like desperadoes waiting for a train


Thanks a lot for bothering with this, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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grob49 10 Jul 28, 2016 06:55 PM

the chords don't seem to fit !!!

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scosio 1,211 Jun 06, 2017 06:53 PM, edited on June 11 2017, 05:46 pm

Excellent.

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