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Coward Of The County - Kenny Rogers [A] [A] A D A Everyone considered him the coward of the county E7 He'd never stood one single time to prove the county wrong. A D A His mama named him Tommy, but folks just called him yellow, E7 A Something always told me they were reading Tommy wrong. A D A He was only ten years old when his daddy died in prison; E7 I took care of Tommy, 'cause he was my brother's son. A D A I still recall the final words my brother said to Tommy, E7 A "Son my life is over, but yours has just begun". A D A "Promise me, son, not to do the things I've done D A E7 Walk away from trouble if you can. A D A It won't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek A D E7 I hope you're old enough to understand, E7 A Son, you don't have to fight to be a man." A D A There's someone for everyone, and Tommy's love was Becky. A E7 In her arms he didn't have to prove he was a man. A D A One day while he was working, the Gatlin boys came calling E7 A They took turns at Becky, (n' there was three of them). A D A Tommy opened up the door, and saw Becky crying. E7 The torn dress, the shattered look was more than he could stand. A D A He reached above the fireplace, and took down his daddy's picture. E7 A As the tears fell on his daddy's face, he heard these words again A D A "Promise me, son, not to do the things I've done D A E7 Walk away from trouble if you can. A D A It won't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek A D E7 I hope you're old enough to understand, E7 A Son, you don't have to fight to be a man." A D A The Gatlin boys just laughed at him when he walked into the barroom; E7 One of them got up and met him half way cross the floor. A D A When Tommy turned around they said, "Hey look! old yeller's leaving," E7 A But you could've heard a pin drop when Tommy stopped and locked the door. A D A Twenty years of crawling were bottled up inside him. E7 He wasn't holding nothing back - he let 'em have it all. A D A When Tommy left the bar room, not a Gatlin boy was standing. A E7 A He said, "This one's for Becky, as he watched the last one fall. (And I heard him say,) A D A "I promised you, Dad, not to do the things you've done D A E7 I walk away from trouble when I can A D A Now please don't think I'm weak, I didn't turn the other cheek, A D E7 And papa, I sure hope you understand E7 A Sometimes you gotta fight when you're a man". A D A Everyone considered him the coward of the county.