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O'Leary's Cow
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O'Leary's Cow lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use only, it's a fun song by Johnny Horton. Fact or fiction it's the story told about the Chicago fire, it not difficult to do.


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O'Leary's Cow
recorded by Johnny Horton
written by Ray Winkler, Leroy Morris, Dave Stone


October eighteen seventy one
F                          C
That's when this great big fire begun
F                    C
The Windy City was a ball of flame
    G7                           C
And O'Leary's cow was the one to blame
The firemen fought for days on end
F                                           C
They could fight the fire but they couldn't fight the wind
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The wind fanned the flames and it started again
    G7                           C
And nobody knew if it ever would end
She kicked up her heels with out a hint
Kicked the lantern over and away she went
The world couldn't help but be amazed
How one little cow started such a blaze
The rich and the poor were both alike
F                        C
Fighting and praying for their life
F                     C
Then at last the Lord looked down
    G7                                 C
And he sent a little rain to the windy town
Repeat #1 & 3
The after math was a sight to see
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The loss of life and property
F                  C
The people said it was a shame
    G7                              C
But O'Lear'y's cow still caught the blame
Repeat #3


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This is the story about the Chicago fire, I'm not a historian so I don't know if it has a factual base or not, but it made a nice song. It's not hard to play, copy O'Leary's Cow lyrics and chords to help you get started.