ledoux chris – “the passenger”

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THE PASSENGER
by CHRIS LEDOUX

G Em
It was dark and I was driving down a lonely Texas road
C D Em
the night was hot and sleep pulled at my eyes
G Em
I was thinking bout the wild times and the women that I’d had
C D Em
The deceitful things I’d done and those lies

G D
When standin’ in the shadows at the side of the road
C Em
Stood the figure of a withered old man
G D
He wore a black bandana a ropin’ stetson hat
C Em
With a two inch scarlet hat band

G Em
He held his wrinkled hand up as a sign to shut ‘er down
C D Em
So I pulled over and stopped at his side
G Em
He opened up the door slid in and sat down
C D Em
and said my ain’t it hot tonight

G D
I studied this old man and it seemed mighty strange
C Em
for him to be out here all alone
G D
and then he started talking and he told me many things
C Em
of times that both of us had known

G Em
He told me of the wild life and the women that he’d known
C D Em
How none of them had ever meant a thing
G Em
He told me of a black night much the same as this
C D Em
of the strange and awesome things he’d seen
G D
A man beside the road had raised his hand
C Em
and flagged him down So he stopped and let him in
G D
That stranger told him stories that I am hearing now
C Em
Bout the wild times and all the sin

G Em
And the car got cold and clamy and this old man looked at me
C D Em
He said boy I’ve come here for you
G Em
Your days of wicked sinnin’ have come to an end
C D Em
As a mortal on this earth you are through

G D
Then his eyes got red and firey as he took his stetson off
C Em
To reveal his evil horns shiney and black
G D
My god the fear came o’er and my senses were all lost
C Em
I fought with him until we finally crashed

G Em
Next day they found the car at the bottom of the draw
C D Em
The young cowboy was found beside the wreck
G
The car had been consumed by fire
Em
but the cowboy had no marks
C D Em
Except the smokin’ pitchfork brand upon his neck

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