Darden Smith

Two Dollar Novels(Chords)

Darden Smith

Key: C

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	        verse 1 
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Well I turned right on First, left on White Oak 
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Back to my old neighborhood 
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I saw old Doc Randolph 
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He was mowing his yard 
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He's kept it up ??bout the best he could. 
And Evelyn his wife of thirty-two years 
She smiled as I drove by 
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And she waved from her front porch swing. 
             C        Dm         F           G 
And she went back to readin? her two dollar novel 
       F                      C 
And playin? with her wedding ring. 

verse 2 
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A few houses needed paintin?, a few gates were unhinged 
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But generally the place looked the same. 
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The driveways were full of bikes and Buick sedans 
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Things any good American would claim. 
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And all them other lovers that married for cover 
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They were out for the sacred nightly stroll. 
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They were wishing they were characters in a two dollar novel 
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Wishing for their weight in gold. 

C   Bb  F    (2x) 

verse 3 
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Now Mary Elizabeth, she's my high school sweetheart 
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She married my best high school friend 
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He manages the hardware store, she became a nurse 
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And I became a memory to them. 
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And all my other buddies they just got lost in outer space 
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And they ran off to serve their country well. 
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They're all fighting in a war of two dollar novels 
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Where only the toughest live to tell. 

verse 4 
            C        Dm            F         G 
So I turned right on White Oak and left on First 
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Out of that old neighborhood 
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I left Doctor and Mrs. Randolph sipping ice tea on the front porch 
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Wondering if I'd ever come to any good. 
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And on a thousand shady streets in a thousand other towns 
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Now people, Lord, they're doing just the same. 
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They're all living their lives like two dollar novels 
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And wondering why the world is so insane. 
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They're all living their lives like two dollar novels 
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And wondering why there's nothing left to gain.

Written by Darden Smith

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