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Goodman Schwerner And Chaney chords

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"Goodman and Schwerner and Chaney" from the album "Ain't That News!"
Music and lyrics by Tom Paxton


After each verse, you may pluck out a bit of the bass line. At that point, it looks like:

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repeated once or twice.


    Em            G         D            Em
The night air is heavy, no cool breezes blow
    Em            G      B
The sounds of the voices are worried and low
Em          G             A
Desperately wondering and desperate to know
     Em                         D  Em
About Goodman and Schwerner and Chaney

Em         G          D         Em
Calm desperation and flickering hope
 Em       G             B
Reality grapples like a hand on the throat
        Em           G        A
For you live in the shadow of ten feet of rope
          Em                        D  Em
If you're Goodman and Schwerner and Chaney

    Em               G              D            Em
The Pearl River was dragged and two bodies were found
       Em          G         B
But it was a blind alley for both men were brown
        Em                  G                A
So they all shrugged their shoulders and the search it went on
    Em                        D  Em
For Goodman and Schwerner and Chaney

     Em           G               D           Em
Pull out the dead bodies from the ooze of the dam
         Em        G            B
Take the bodies to Jackson all accordin' to plan
         Em         G           A
With the one broken body do the best that you can
         Em                  D  Em
It's the body of young James Chaney

    Em         G             D                   Em
The nation was outraged and shocked through and through
     Em       G             B
Call J. Edgar Hoover, he'll know what to do
            Em           G                A
For they've murdered two white men, and a colored boy too
Em                        D  Em
Goodman and Schwerner and Chaney

      Em          G       D        Em
James Chaney your body exploded in pain
        Em           G           B
And the beating they gave you is pounding my brain
         Em            G               A
And they murdered much more with their dark bloody chains
        Em                D   Em
And the body of pity lies bleeding

    Em          G             D          Em
The pot-bellied coppers shook hands all around
    Em             G            B
And joked with the rednecks who came into town
         Em             G         A             Em
And they swore that the murderers soon would be found
         Em                           D  Em
And they laughed as they spat their tobacco!

            
            
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