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The Way It Was In '51 lyrics and chords

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The Way It Was In '51 lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use only, it's a very good country song written and recorded by Merle Haggard.


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The Way It Was In '51
Written and recorded by Merle Haggard

Sixty-Six was still a narrow two-lane highway
Harry Truman was the man who ran the show

The bad Korean was just beginning
And I was just three years too young to go

Country music hadn't gone to New York City yet
C7 F
And a service man was proud of what he'd done
Hank and Lefty crowded every jukebox
G7 C
That's the way it was in fifty one

G7 C
There's so much about the good old days I'd love to tell
And there's folks around I know still remember well
Slow dancing close together when a ballad played
C7 F
Cause a thing called rock and roll was yet to come
It was a big year for a drive-in restaurant carhop
G7 C
That's the way it was in fifty one

Repeat #3

Yeah Hank and Lefty crowded every jukebox
G7 C
Oh Lord that's the way it was in fifty one


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