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Joe Ely – Whenever Kindness Fails lyrics

(Robert Earl Keen, Jr.)

Capo 3rd Frat!
Intro: D Bm D Bm

Verse 1:

D Bm
Crossed the desert in a dining car
In the spring of '91
Met some people drinkin' at the bar,
They were laughin', havin' fun

Told 'em that I hadn't heard the joke
That was so hilarious
They said that I was just a dumb cowpoke
I didn't want to make a fuss


So I shot them down, one by one
And left them 'long the rails
I only use my gun
Whenever kindness fails

Verse 2:

Moon was in the sign of Scorpio
The sun was at my back
I didn't know how far the train would go
Till the law would find my track

Saw the brakeman and the engineer
Drinking wine and eating brie
I asked them who would brake and who would steer
They started pointing back at me


Solo: Repeat chords in chorus

Verse 3:

I only have a momment to explain
Just a chance to let you know
When it's time to board that train
There are 2 ways you can go.

You can ride the wind into the sun
Feel a cool wind on your face
Or you can laugh into a loaded gun
And you'll likely lose your place

Yeah I shot them down, one by one
And left them 'long the rails
I only use my gun
Whenever kindness fails

I shot them down, one by one
And left them 'long the rails
When I use my gun
That lonesome whistle wails

Outro: dbm (repeat)

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