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Jack Johnson chords

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          C                              Am            G
Have you heard about Jack Johnson, hes a hero in this land.
          C                              C              G
I don't like to sing about boxing but I hope you'll understand.
            C                                  G         
It was the 1st year they gave the heavyweight title to a black man,
         C               G     C  G  C  G
and in 1908 it ain't so easy.

        Am                       G     Am                G
He was born right after slavery died, right after reconstruction died,
        Am               F                         G
he was born right after none of that stuff really died.
          C       G    C    G
It never died at all

          D                             G           
He would walk down the streets wearing gold and diamonds,
        D                G
always hold his head up high.
         C                   G                     Am         
And he never had to say yes sir or no sir to the white folks as they passed 
     G
him by,
   C                 G     C     G
or as he passed them by.

         F
So the great white hope was pulled out of retirement
               G
to nurse the bruised and damaged white pride.
           C               Am                 D    G              C  G  C  G
And when Johnson beat him down there wasn't a man around at his side.

     G
And when the fight was over, there was beatings and murders.
      C              Am               G
The worst race riot this country has seen.

     C                             G
And all because they didn't want a black man.
 C                              Am
All because they didn't want a black man.
       C                       G                         C   G   C   G
They couldn't stand to see a black man winning in their ring.

       D                      G        C
Yeah, who said heroes have to be role models?
 D                      G        C
Who said heroes have to be role models?
 D                      G        C      G   C
Who said heroes have to be role models, anyway?

            
            
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