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I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am

Song Author Merle Haggard Performer: Merle Haggard Submitted by: Anonymous
[Am]Things I learned in hobo jungle
Were things they never [D7]taught me in a [G]class room
Like [Am]where to find a hand out
While bumming through [D7]Chicago in the [G]afternoon

Hey I'm not bragging or complaining
I'm just talking to myself man to [C]man  
[Am]This ole mental fat I'm [D7]chewing didn't [Am]take a lotta [D7]doing
But I [Am]take a lot of [D7]pride in what I [G]am  

I [Am]guess I grew up a loner
I don't remember ever having [D7]any folks [G]around
But I [Am]keep thumbing through the phone books
And looking for my daddy's [D7]name in every [G]town

And I meet lots of friendly people
That I always wind up leaving on the [C]lam  
[Am]Hey where I've been or where I'm [D7]going didn't [Am]take a lotta [D7]knowing
But I [Am]take a lot of [D7]pride in what I [G]am  

I [Am]never travel in a hurry
Because I got nobody [D7]waiting for me [G]anywhere
Home is [Am]anywhere I'm living
If it's sleeping on some vacant [D7]bench in City [G]Square

Or if I'm working on some road gang
Or just living off the fat of our great [C]land
[Am]I never been nobody's [D7]idol but at [Am]least I got a [D7]title
And I [Am]take a lot of [D7]pride in what I [G]am  

[Am]I never been nobody's [D7]idol but at [Am]least I got a [D7]title
And I [Am]take a lot of [D7]pride in what I [G]am  

Things I learned in hobo jungle
Were things they never taught me in a class room
Like where to find a hand out
While bumming through Chicago in the afternoon

Hey I'm not bragging or complaining
I'm just talking to myself man to man
This ole mental fat I'm chewing didn't take a lotta doing
But I take a lot of pride in what I am

I guess I grew up a loner
I don't remember ever having any folks around
But I keep thumbing through the phone books
And looking for my daddy's name in every town

And I meet lots of friendly people
That I always wind up leaving on the lam
Hey where I've been or where I'm going didn't take a lotta knowing
But I take a lot of pride in what I am

I never travel in a hurry
Because I got nobody waiting for me anywhere
Home is anywhere I'm living
If it's sleeping on some vacant bench in City Square

Or if I'm working on some road gang
Or just living off the fat of our great land
I never been nobody's idol but at least I got a title
And I take a lot of pride in what I am

I never been nobody's idol but at least I got a title
And I take a lot of pride in what I am

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