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Tom Russell - Manzanar


CAPO: 3rd Fret



[Intro]
G

[Verse 1]

He said, my name is Nakashima
          C          G
And I'm a proud American
       C         G
I came here in '24
        Am            D
From my homeland in Japan


[Verse 2]
      G
And I picked your grapes and oranges
           C               G
Saved some money, bought a store
      C              G
Until Nineteen Forty-Two
      Am              D
Pearl Harbour and the war


[Verse 3]
       G
Came those relocation orders
              C                     G
They took our house, the store, the car
          C               G
Then they drove us to the desert
     Am                D
To a place called Manzanar


[Verse 4]
       G
The Spanish word for "apple orchard"
          C            G
Though we saw no apple trees
     C              G
Only rows of prison barracks
     Am                D
With barbed wire boundaries


[Chorus]
N.C.   C              G
And we dream of apple blossoms
       C                D
Waving free beneath the stars
        C              G
Till we wake up in the desert
         Am           D
The prisoners of Manzanar
     G
Manzanar


[Verse 5]
      
Fifty years, they've all but vanished
        C           G
And now I am an old man
      C                G
And I don't regret the day
       Am               D
That I came here from Japan


[Verse 6]
       G
But on moonlit winter nights
        C           G
I often wish upon a star
            C                 G
That I'd forget the shame and sorrow
       Am           D
That I felt at Manzanar


[Chorus]
N.C.   C              G
And we dream of apple blossoms
       C                D
Waving free beneath the stars
        C              G
Till we wake up in the desert
         Am           D
The prisoners of Manzanar
     G
Manzanar


[Outro]
C  G  C  D  C  G  Am
     D
Manzanar
     G
Manzanar

            
            
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