Guy Clark – Randall Knife chords

[Verse 1]
D EmMy father had a Randall knife, my mother gave it to him
A G DWhen he went off to WWII to save us all from ruin
D EmNow if you've ever held a Randall knife, you know my father well
A G DIf a better blade was ever made, it was probably forged in hell
[Verse 2]
D EmMy father was a good man, he was a lawyer by his trade
A G DAnd only once did I ever see him misuse the blade
D EmWell, it almost cut his thumb off when he took it for a tool
A G DAh, the knife was made for darker things and could not bend the rules
[Verse 3]
D EmHe let me take it camping once on a Boy Scout jamboree
A G DAnd I broke a half an inch off trying to stick it in a tree
D EmI hid it from him for a while but the knife and he were one
A G DHe put it in his bottom drawer without a hard word one
[Verse 4]
D EmAnd there it slept and there it stayed For twenty some odd years
A G DSort of like Excalibur except waiting for a tear
[Verse 5]
D EmMy father died when I was forty and I couldn't find a way to cry
A G DNot because I didn't love him not and not because he didn't try
D EmI'd cried for every lesser thing, for Whiskey, pain and beauty
A G DBut he deserved a better tear and I was not quite ready
[Verse 6]
D EmSo we took his ashes out to sea and poured 'em off the stern
A G DAnd threw the roses in the wake of everything we'd learned
D EmAnd when we got back to the house, they asked me what I wanted
A G DNot the lawbooks, not the watch, I need the things he's haunted
[Verse 7]
D EmMy hand burned for the Randall knife there in the bottom drawer
A G DAnd I found a tear for my father's life and all that it stood for
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