Don Mclean – Legend Of Andrew Mccrew tab

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From: Juergen Wuest 

The Legend of Andrew McCrew - by Don McLean
  as performed on his live album "Solo"


      F           Am               Dm            F
There was a mummy at the fair, all crumpled in a folding chair.
    Am                                      G           C
The people passed, but didn't care that the mummy was a man,
   G7             C7
so tell me if you can


F           C7  F            C7
Who are you?    Who are you?
F              Dm                  G7          C7
Where have you been, where are you   going to?
      F        F7             Bb       Bbm
Well, Andrew McCrew must have lost his way
                 F          G7        C7       F        C7  F  C7  F
'Cause though he died long ago he was buried today.

Verse 1:

F       C7        F     C7            G7           Csus2 C7
Down on nightmare alley,    where the shady people sway
  F    C7       F    C7      G7           Csus2  C7
a hobo came a-hikin'    on a salty summer day
        F        C7         F      C7         G7          Csus2 C7
Well he hopped a freight in Dallas,    and he rode out of sight
         F       F7              Bb       Bbm
But on a turn he slipped, and he lost his grip
       F      C7      F      C7
and he fell in-to the night.

Repeat Chorus

Verse 2: (same chords as first throughout all other verses)
Well, Andrew had one leg of wood, the other leg was small.
And when he fell off the train that night he found he had no legs at all.
Well they found him in the thicket, and the undertaker came.
And they mummified his body for a relative to claim.

Repeat Chorus

Verse 3:
But no one came to claim him, until the carnival passed through.
The carnies took him to their tent and they decided what to do.
Well they dressed him in a worn-out tugs and they put him on a stand.
And millions saw the legend called the `famous mummy man'.

Repeat Chorus

Verse 4:
Well, what a way to live a life and what a way to die.
Left to live a living death with noone left to cry.
Petrified amazement, and wonder beyond words,
A man who found more life in death than life gave him at birth.

Repeat Chorus

Verse 5:
But what about the ones who live and wish that they could go.
Whose lives are lost to living and performing for the show.
Well at least you got the best of life until it got the best of you,
So from all of us to what's left of you
Farewell, Andrew McCrew.

       eadgbe        eadgbe
Csus2: x32030   Bbm: xx3321

Nice to know:
The song is based on an authentic case. Andrew McCrew toured with
the carnival, posthumously, for about 35 years. He was buried in 1973.
That was when Don McLean read an article about him and wrote the song.
When the song came out, someone stepped forward and donated a headstone
on McCrew's previously unmarked grave. The fourth verse of the song is
carved on the headstone. (Anyway, that's what Don McLean tells on the
live album.)
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