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Otis Gibbs

Ghosts Of Our Fathers(Chords)

Otis Gibbs

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Intro: Am F C Verse C Am F He was almost blind C They say it happens when you've been punched to many times Am F His hands were stone C He was a bare-knuckle champion in an earlier life Am F It was hard not to stare C At his busted up nose and cauliflower ears Am F And he'd smile at me C G And say the toughest fighters have their souvenirs
F How to carry on C When the hardest punch is thrown F C And take away the burden from our shoulders
Verse Am F He lived next door C He'd sometimes get with my father and talk about life Am F And sit on the porch C Drinkin' beer and remembering happier times Am F And I was a child C And I was far too young to ever understand Am F What it meant to have a son C G Who'd been drafted and killed in Vietnam
F How to carry on C When the hardest punch is thrown F C And take away the burden from our shoulders
Verse Am F My father and I C Tried to keep him company so his mind could rest Am F On Saturday nights C We'd huddle 'round a black and white TV set Am F And we all stood and cheered C When Ali knocked out Foreman that night in Zaire Am F And later that night C G My father held his hand as he broke down and cried
F How to carry on C When the hardest punch is thrown F C And take away the burden from our shoulders
Verse Am F And there stands a wall C In the clearing across from the national mall Am F It's crowded with names C Of the thousands of children that never came home Am F I stood in the rain C Watching dozens of mourners stumbling by Am F When I saw his name C I felt the ghost of our fathers kneeling at my side
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