Standard guitar tuning:EADGBENo capo
EELook out, Mama, there's a Awhite boat comin' up the EriverA/E With a Abig red beacon, and a flag, and a man on the ErailA/E I think you'd Abetter call John, 'Cause it C♯mdon't look like they're here to deEliver, the Amail And it's A♭mless than a mile aAway I A♭mhope they didn't come to Astay It's got A♭mnumbers on the side
C♯mAnd it's makin' big Bwaves.
E A/EEDaddy's gone, my brother's out Ahunting in the EmountainsA/E Big AJohn's been drinking since the river took Emmy-ELou A/E So the Apowers that be left C♯mme here to do the Ethinkin' And I A♭mjust turned twenty-Atwo I was A♭mwonderin' what to Ado And the A♭mcloser they got, The C♯mmore those feelings Bgrew.
E A/EEDaddy's rifle in my Ahand felt reasEsurin'A/E He said, ARed means run, son, numbers add up to Enothin'A/E But when the Afirst shot hit the C♯mdocks I saw it Ecomin' Raised my A♭mrifle to my Aeye Never A♭mstopped to wonder Awhy. Then A♭mI saw black, And my C♯mface splashed in the Bsky.
E A/EEShelter me from the Apowder and the EfingerA/E ACover me with the thought that pulled the EtriggerA/E AThink of me as C♯mone you'd never Efigured Would A♭mfade away so Ayoung With A♭mso much left unAdone ReA♭mmember me to my C♯mlove, I know I'll Bmiss her.