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California Cottonfields
lyrics and chords

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California Cottonfields lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use only, it's a great old song recorded by Merle Haggard and written by Dallas Frazier. With a little practice, it's doable.

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California Cottonfields
recorded by Merle Haggard - written by Dallas Frazier

G D7 F C
My drifting memory goes back to the spring of '43
G D7
When I was just a child in momma's arms
G D7 F C
My daddy plowed the ground and promised someday we would leave
G D7 G
This run-down mortgaged Oklahoma farm

D7 C G
Then one night I heard my daddy saying to my momma
A7 D7
That he'd finally saved enough to go
G D7 F C
California was his dream a paradise for he had seen
G D7 G
Pictures in magazines that told him so

G C D7
California Cottonfields
C D7 C G
Where labor camps were filled with weary men with broken dreams
C D7
California Cottonfields
C D7 G
As close to wealth as daddy ever came

D7 F C
Nearly everything we had was sold or left behind
G D7
From my daddy's plow to the soup that momma canned
G D7 F C
Some folks came to say farewell or see what all we had to sell
G D7 G
Some just came to shake my daddy's hand

D7 C G
That model A was loaded down and California bound
A7 D7
A change of luck was just 4 days away
G D7 F C
But the only change that I remember seeing in my daddy
G D7 G
Was when his dark hair turned to silver gray

Repeat #2

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You can learn to play this classic with a little practice, it's well worth the effort. Use California Cottonfields lyrics and chords to help you learn to play and sing this wonderful old song.

 

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