Recordings

April 2, 1990

Sections

Intro
AmE7 Am7D9 D7  G7 
Verses
C  E7  F  Am 
F  CG D7  G7 
C  E7  F  Am 
F  CG F  E7 
Chorus
Am   Am   Am   Am  
F   C G F   C G
F   C G Am   E7  
Breaks
Am   E7   Am7   D9  
F   Dm   B7   E7  
Am   E7   Am7   D9  
F   Am   D7   G7  
Outro
A   A   D   D  

Structure

Intro > Verse 1 + Chorus > Break > Verse 2 + Chorus
> break > Verse 3 + Chorus > Outro

Lyrics


1. On the day when I was born daddy sat down and cried.
I had the mark just as plain as day; which could not be denied.
They say that Cain caught Abel rollin' loaded dice;
Ace of Spades behind his ear and him not thinkin' twice.

Halfstep, Mississippi uptown toodeloo
Hello, baby, I'm gone, goodbye half a cup of Rock and Rye.
Farewell to you old Southern skies I'm on my way, on my way.

2. If all you got to live for is what you left behind,
Get yourself a powder charge and seal that silver mine.
Lost my boots in transit, babe, a pile of smokin' leather.
I nailed a retread to my feet and prayed for better weather.

3. They say that when your ship comes in, the first man takes the sails;
The second takes the afterdeck, the third the planks and rails
What's the point of callin' shots; this cue ain't straight in line.
Cue ball's made of styrofoam and no one's got the time.