Bronco Bill's Lament - chords, tab and comments

At the bottom you'll find a link to the complete lyrics.

John Wayne on his deathbed, boots off, grandchildren gathered around, sobbing and carefully listening? Dunno. This song from the album "Homeless Brother", slightly political and a bit ironic. Always loved the "whoopie tie-ie" break.
A                       C#7          D      E       A
I could have been most anything I'd put my mind to be
       D                   A            E   E7
but a cowboy's life's the only life for me
         A             C#7             D                B7
it's a strong man's occupation riding herd and living free
      F#m             B7          F#m               B7
but strong men often fail where shrewed men can prevail
        Bm               Bm7(/A)         E   E7
I'm an old man now with nothing more to say
    D Amaj7 Bm C#m E         E7    A
but oh god how I worked my youth away

A            Amaj7(/G#)     F#m    A7
whoopie tie ie oh   whoopie tie ie ay
C#m       F#m      Bm7          E7
one man's work is another man's pay
D Amaj7 Bm C#m E         E7    A
oh god how I worked my youth away
A major
A
A seventh
A7
A major seventh
Amaj7
D major
D
E major
E
E seventh
E7
B seventh
B7
B minor
Bm
B minor seventh
Bm7
C sharp seventh
C#7
C sharp minor
C#m
F sharp minor
F#m
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