Folksmen - Blood On The Coal Chords

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No chord
Standard guitar tuning:
E
A
D
G
B
E
No capo
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This ChordPro is based on the Folksmen's live performance aired recently on FOX's MadTV. I'm not particularly accomplished, so this may lack some of the subtle nuances of the playing, but the gist of the song is here (I hope)--this is my first submission. Please feel free to make corrections and/or additions.

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Intro

The intro is two measures of picking on Dm, but up above the 12th fret, like this: (x x 12 14 15 13) Then the song goes into a repetition of Dm, C, Am, Dm holding at the end of the chorus on Dm for a three part harmony of "Blood on the Coal," with the last "Coal" dropping to C and then ending out on Dm as outlined below.

Verse 1

It was Dm April 27th, in the C year of '91, 'bout a Am mile below the surface in the Dm warm Kentucky sun. The Dm late shift was ending and the C early shift was late, and the Am foreman ate his dinner from a Dm dirty tin plate.

Chorus

Dm Blood on the tracks, C blood in the mine, Am Brothers and sisters what a Dm terrible time. Dm Old '97 went C in the wrong hole, Now in Am mine number 60, there's Dm blood on the coal, Dm Blood On the Coal,Dm BLOOD ON THE CO--C--AL....Dm

Verse 2

The slag pits was steamin', it was 7:25, Every miner worked the coalface, every one of them alive. Train came round the corner, you could hear the trestle groan, But the switcher wasn't listenin', so he left the switch alone.

Chorus

Verse 3

Well the walls began to tremblin', the men began to yell, You could hear that lonesome whistle, like an echo out of...well.* They dropped their picks and shovels as to safety they did run, For to stay amongst the living in the year of '91.

Chorus

Verse 4

Now an Irishman named Murphy said, "I'll stop that iron horse," As he stood athwart its passage--it crushed him dead, of course. And I hope he hears the irony, whene'er this tale is told, But the train that took his life was burnin' good Kentucky coal (HEY!)

Chorus

*The Folksmen hold out on Dm here instead of saying "Hell" and play an extra two measures over the Dm with the 2nd guitar playing a sort of dissident sounding form on Dm to illustrate Hell, I guess.