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The Last Ride lyrics and chords

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The Last Ride lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use only, it's really a nice song recorded by Hank Snow. This old country song is easy to learn to play and sing, plus it's fun to do.

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The Last Ride
Recorded by Hank Snow 
written by
Ted Daffan and Robert Halcomb

C                                       
In the Dodge City yards of the Sante Fe
                                G7    
Stood a freight made up for the east

And the engineer with his oil and waste
                            C     
Was grooming the great iron beast


While ten cars back in the murky dust
     C7             F    
A boxcar door swung wide
      G7                          
And a hobo lifted his pal aboard
                          C    
To start on his last long ride

  F                                        
A lantern swung and the freight pulled out
                       C     
The engine it gathered speed
    F                                 
The engineer pulled the throttle wide
    D7                   G7     
And clucked to his fiery steed

C                              
Ten cars back in the empty box
                  G7    
The hobo rolled a pill

The flare of the match showed his partners face
                        C     
Stark white and deathly still


As the train wheels clicked on the coupling joints
  C7                    F    
A song for the ramblers ears
    G7                                   
The hobo talked to the still white form
                   C    
His pal for many a year

Spoken:
C                                         
For a mighty long time we've rambled Jack
                          F    
With the luck of men that roam
     G7                                     
With the back door steps for a dining room
                     C    
And the boxcar for a home


We dodged the bulls on the eastern route
                    F
And the cops on the Chesapeake
   G7
We traveled the Leadville Narrow Gauge
                       C
In the days of Cripple Creek
 

We drifted down through sunny Cal
                    F
On the rails of the old S P
    G7
And of all you had through good and bad
                          C
A half always belonged to me
 

You made me promise to you Jack
                   F  
If I lived and you cashed in
   G7
To take you back to the old churchyard
                             C
And bury you there with your kin


You seemed to know I would keep my word
                    F
For you said that I was wise
     G7
Well I'm keeping my promise to you pal
                          C    
Cause I'm taking you home tonight


I hadn't the money to send you there
                          F
So I'm taking you back on the fly
     G7
It's the decent way for a Bo to go
                   C 
Home to the by and by            


I knew that fever had you Jack
                     F      
And that doctor just wouldn't come
   G7
He was too busy treating the wealthy folks
                     C
To doctor a worn out bum         

Sung:
C                                             
As the train rolled over its ribbon of steel
                                G7    
Straight through to the east it sped

The engineer in his high cab seat
                             C    
Keep his eyes on the rails a head


While ten cars back in the empty box
        C7      F      
The lonely hobo sighed
        G7                               
For the days of old and his pal so cold
                         C    
Was taking his last long ride

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Hank seemed to really enjoy these story songs, maybe because he was very good at it. Use these The Last Ride lyrics and chords to help you as you began practicing. 

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