The Man in Black

Capo 3rd fret

|     G     |     G     |     G     |     G     |     G     |

.                G
Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
.                                                            A7
Why you never see bright colors on my       back,
.        C                             G                   C                        G
And why does my appear – ance seem to have a somber tone.
.                      A7                                           D7
Well, there’s a reason for the things that I have on.

.  G
I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
.                                                               A7
Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town.
.   C                        G                    C                     G
I wear it for the pris – ‘ner who has long paid for his crime,
.          A7                                                    D7
But is there because he’s a victim of the times.

.  G
I wear the black for those who never read,
.                                                   A7
Or listened to the words that Jesus said
.    C                                G                C                    G
A-bout the road to happi-ness through love and chari-ty.
.                   A7                                                  D7
Why you’d think He’s talkin’ straight to you and me.

.                   G
Well, we’re doin’ mighty fine I do suppose,
.                                                            A7
In our streak of lightnin’ cars and fancy clothes.
.       C                    G                  C                          G
But just so we’re re-minded of the ones who are held back,
.       A7                                          D7
Up front there ought to be a man in           black.

.  G
I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
.                                                                    A7
For the reckless ones who’s bad trips left them cold.
.   C                       G                      C                             G
I wear the black in mourning for the lives that could have been.
.         A7                                                 D7
Each week we lose a hundred fine young        men.

.          G
And I wear it for the thousands who have died
.                                                  A7
Believin’ that the lord was on their        side.
.  C                   G                  C                            G
I wear it for an-other hundred thousand who have died
.           A7                                        D7
Believ –   in’ that we all were on their         side.

.                    G
Well, there’s        things that never will be right, I know,
.                                                                A7
And things need changin’ ev’rywhere you go.
.      C                   G                       C                        G
But till we start to make a move to make a few things right,
.           A7                                    D7
You’ll never see me wear a suit of white.

.              G
Aw, I’d love to wear a rainbow ev’ry day
.                                                       A7
And tell the world that ev’rything’s O.     K.
.             C               G           C                    G
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back.
.                       A7         D7                G           D     G
Till things are brighter, I’m the man in black!

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