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Steve Earle - Elijah's Church (Heartworn Highways Soundtrack) (Chord)
Submitter: renfield (5) on 2/14/11 1 comment
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***Watched the video again. Right after Guy Clark asks Steve to play this
song, Steve tunes his E string down, so to follow the original recording,
play this in Dropped D tuning***

[D]                                      [G]
Elijah came to Texas to find his family a home
         [D]                                               [G] 
With his wife and new baby, and what little goods that they owned
      [D]                                            [G]
Had a good yoke of oxen, hand tools for clearin' the land
       [A]                    [A7]                 [D]
And he built him a church, cuz he was a God-Fearin' man

[D]                                                       [G]
All of his children and heirs worshipped there through the years
        [D]                                                    [G]
On down through my Grandad, and he's buried about 40 yards from here
     [D]                                    [G]
It's where I was baptized, where I took me a wife
      [A]               [A7]                             [D]
And if I have my say so, that's where I'll rest when it's time


         [D]
When I'm dead and I'm gone, Won't you carry me home
                                 [G]         [D]
To that little white church in my daddy's hometown
[D]
Lord knows I'm some kind of sinner
        [Em]                        [A]
But I've done come this far and it's too late for changin'
          [D]                                
When this race has been run, take me back where I came from
[Bm]                 [A]
Let me return what I took from the ground
          [G]                    [D]
When this body won't carry me no further
              [A7]      [D]
Take me home, and lay me down


[D]                                                         [G]
That ol' East Texas red dirt won't grow much of nothin' they say
        [D]                                       [G]
'cept tomatoes and peaches, most drill for oil nowadays
         [D]                                       [G]
This ol' hired hand named Reagan first made me understand
       [A]                     [A7]                   [D]
And he told me the red was the blood of my kin in the land


         [D]
When I'm dead and I'm gone, Won't you carry me home
                                  [G]         [D]
To that little white church in my daddy's hometown
[D]
Lord knows I'm some kind of sinner
         [Em]                        [A]
But I've done come this far and it's too late for changin'
          [D]                                
When this race has been run, take me back where I came from
[Bm]                 [A]
Let me return what I took from the ground
          [G]                    [D]
When this body won't carry me no further
              [A7]       [D]
Take me home, and lay me down 
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From the Heartworn Highways soundtrack. If you haven't seen it, see it!
-renfield | 2/15/2011
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