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Dirty Pennies


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In a small town where all knew all
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Wandered a peasant lady nobody knew
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But her only friend was a young boy
                 C         G       D
Brought her hot tea and leftover stew
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In those burning wintry Decembers
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He’d pick dirty pennies up off the cold street
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And while his mother was out Christmas shopping,
            Am          D         G
He’d say, “Come on in, warm your feet

G    D  Dsus  (2x)    C9    D  Dsus    (2x)

    G           D/F#            Em
As long as you share with me stories.”
         C              G        D
So she spoke, “I’m a product of war.
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My mother never knew who she could be
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As my father lay drunk on the floor.”
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And she spoke of the cart that she wheeled
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Had keys with no locks and guitars with no strings
        G                D/F#       Em
And a puzzle that could never be finished
            Am     D             G
This is my home, these broken things

             G      D/F#        Em             C
Ah, but the boy went on to be taught in the schools
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To not talk to strangers, and don’t feed the fools
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Grew older and further and of her, forgot
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As she was forced to move from lot to lot to lot

G    D/F#    Em    C
G    D/F#    G/B   C9     (2x)

               G          D/F#          Em
She said, “I guess it was much in his nature
      C          G        D
To become an enforcer of law.
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My old friend’s got a gun to protect me
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From the rock-tossing drunks from the bars
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Always seemed like the sort to help others
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So I’ll find him while he’s on the beat
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And say, remember me, I’m the old lady
                Am            D           G
You’d give me pennies you’d find on the street.”

           G            D/F#         Em
When she found him, she saw not the young boy
     C            G           D
Who dug for the roots of her junk
          G      D/F#         Em             Em
She came face to face with a stern, vacant soldier
   C            G         D
Grinnin’ and spinnin’ a club
           G        D/F#           Em
He said, “Don’t you know that you can’t be here?
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You’ll hurt business, and scare away the kids.
     G      D/F#     Em
Go wander around in some other town
     Am          D         G
Get out or I’m taking you in.”

        G        D/F#     Em     C
“But officer, I fondly remember you,
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Young boy who would give me the leftover stew
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And would take me inside to the warm fire coals.
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Those hundreds of pennies bought me all these clothes.

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G    D/F#    G/B   C9     (2x)

       G         D/F#     Em
It’s against the law to peddle
        C         G      D
It’s against the law to eat
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It’s against the law to have nothing more
           C              G              D
Than the shoes, full of holes, on your feet
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And now they put bars across the park benches
       C          G          D
So I guess it’s illegal to sleep.
       G       D/F#     Em
They buried something inside of you, officer
           Am      D        G
Into your cold heart, dig deep

 G       D/F# Em         C
And you’ll see that it’s me
 G         D/F# G/B              C9
And here I’ll be, nothing new to me.
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I’ll be heartbroken and cold, frozen and alone.
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My coffin was a dumpster and they didn’t even know.”

           G         D/F#             Em           C
But while out on the beat, he looked down to his feet,
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And he saw a dirty penny heads up at his feet
        G            D/F#        Em
And it made him think of an old tall tale
      Am         D              G
Of a woman who pushed �round a cart

         G      D/F#          Em
And the boy who fed her and helped her
          C           G           D
Knew he should have deep in his heart
      G          D/F#           Em
Oh, where did he hear that old tall tale?
     C            G         D
But hey, what a story to spread

So he told it to his own growing boy

Once in a while before bed

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           D  Dsus  (2x)
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