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Charleys Picture

Song Author Larry Kingston og Frank Dycus Performer: Porter Wagoner Submitted by: Anonymous

[G]A wino we called [C]Charley had a [G]picture
That he wore around his neck upon a [D7]chain
[G]But you couldn't see the [C]face in Charley's [G]picture
Just long brown hair and a [D7]poem in the [G]frame

We tried and tried to [C]see old Charley's [G]picture
But we couldn't even tempt him with the [D7]wine   
[G]His shaking hands would [C]tightly grip the [G]picture
And he'd recite the [D7]poem one more [G]time

You grace this frame the [C]picture of [G]perfection
While I'm the perfect picture of [D7]disgrace
[G]And upon your name I'll [C]swear until I'm [G]worthy
I forbid my eyes to [D7]look upon your [G]face

Old Charley froze to [C]death one Sunday [G]morning
We found him and I guess you know the [D7]rest   
[G]Someone removed the [C]poem from his [G]picture
And the chilling truth lay [D7]framed upon his [G]chest

Spoken:

[C]As I knelt [G]beside his body
The picture lay there before my anxious [D7]eyes   
[G]And with trembling lips I [C]whispered the words of [G]Charley's poem

Sung:
As I stared into the [D7]face of Jesus [G]Christ

You grace this frame the [C]picture of [G]perfection
While I'm the perfect picture of [D7]disgrace
[G]And upon your name I'll [C]swear until I'm [G]worthy
I forbid my eyes to [D7]look upon your [G]face


A wino we called Charley had a picture
That he wore around his neck upon a chain
But you couldn't see the face in Charley's picture
Just long brown hair and a poem in the frame

We tried and tried to see old Charley's picture
But we couldn't even tempt him with the wine
His shaking hands would tightly grip the picture
And he'd recite the poem one more time

You grace this frame the picture of perfection
While I'm the perfect picture of disgrace
And upon your name I'll swear until I'm worthy
I forbid my eyes to look upon your face

Old Charley froze to death one Sunday morning
We found him and I guess you know the rest
Someone removed the poem from his picture
And the chilling truth lay framed upon his chest

Spoken:

As I knelt beside his body
The picture lay there before my anxious eyes
And with trembling lips I whispered the words of Charley's poem

Sung:
As I stared into the face of Jesus Christ

You grace this frame the picture of perfection
While I'm the perfect picture of disgrace
And upon your name I'll swear until I'm worthy
I forbid my eyes to look upon your face

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