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Rueben James
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Rueben James lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use, it's a great Kenny Rogers recording. It tells a great story that any of us learn to do, the chords are simple enough for us amateurs.


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Rueben James
recorded by Kenny Rogers
written by Barry Etris
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Rueben James in my song you'll live a gain
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And the phrases that I rhyme
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Are just the footsteps out-a time
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From a time when I knew Rueben James
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Rueben James all the folks around Madison County cussed your name
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Just a no account share-cropping colored man
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Who steal anything he can
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And everybody laid the blame on Rueben James
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Rueben James you still walk the fertile fields of my mind
Faded shirt weathered brow
Callused hands upon the plow
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I loved you then and I love you now Rueben James
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Flora Graves the gossip of Madison County died with child
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And although your skin was black
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You were the one who didn't turn your back
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On a hungry white child with no name Rueben James
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Rueben James with your mind on my soul and a bible in your right hand
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You said turn the other cheek
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There's a better world waiting for the meek
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In my mind these words re main from Rueben James
Repeat #3


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