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The Ballad Of Thunder Road
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The Ballad Of Thunder Road lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use only, it's very good story song recorded by Robert Mitchum. Most of us senior citizens remember the movie starring him.


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The Ballad Of Thunder Road
recorded by Robert Mitchum
written by Don Raye and Robert Mitchum
Now let me tell the story I can tell it all
 G7                                        C
About the mountain boy who ran illegal alcohol
His daddy made the whiskey son he drove the load
G7                                                     C
When his engine roared they called the highway thunder road
Sometimes into Ashville sometimes Memphis town
    G7                                             C
The revenuers chased him but they couldn't run him down
Each time they thought they had him his engine would explode
G7                                                  C
He'd go by like they were standing still on thunder road
    F                         C
And there was thunder thunder over thunder road
G7                                                 C
Thunder was his engine and white lightning was his load
          F                      C
There was moonshine moonshine to quench the devil's thirst
    G7                                                  C
The law they swore they'd get him but the devil got him first
On the first of April nineteen fifty-four
  G7                                                C
A federal man sent word he'd better make his run no more
He said two hundred agents were covering the state
     G7                                                C
Whichever road he tried to take they'd get him sure as fate
Son his daddy told him make this run your last
     G7                                                        C
Your tank is filled with hundred-proof you're all tuned up and gassed
Now don't take any chances if you can't get through
    G7                                                C
I'd rather have you back again than all that mountain dew
Repeat #3
Roaring out of Harlan revving up his mill
   G7                             C
He shot the gap at Cumberland and screamed by Maynardville
With g-men on his taillights roadblocks up ahead
    G7                                                C
The mountain boy took roads that even angels feared to tread
Blazing right through Knoxville out on Kingston pike
     G7                                           C
Then right outside of Bearden they made the fatal strike
He left the road at ninety that's all there is to say
    G7                                                C
The devil got the moonshine and the mountain boy that day
Repeat #3


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I don't know how many songs Robert Mitchum recorded, I only know of this one. It's an up tempo ballad that's really fun to play and sing. It's not difficult to learn, but it's quick and takes a bit of practice to get the timing correct, copy The Ballad Of Thunder Road lyrics and chords and have a good time.