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The Masters Call

Song Author Marty Robbins Performer: Marty Robbins Submitted by: Anonymous

[C]When I was but a young man I was [Am]wild and full of fire
[C]A youth within my teens but full of [Am]challenge and desire
[C]I ran away from home and left my [Am]mother and my dad
I [F]know it grieved them [G7]so to think there only [Am]boy was bad

[C]I fell in with an outlaw bunch there [Am]names were known quite well
[C]How many times we robbed and plundered [Am]I could never tell
[C]This kind of sinful living [Am]leads only to a fall
I [F]learned that much and [G7]more the night I [Am]heard my Master call

One [F]night we rustled [C]cattle a [F]thousand head or [C]so  
And [F]started them out [C]on the trail that [Am]leads to Mexico
When a norther started [G7]blowing and [C]lightning flashed [F]about
I [C]thought someone was [F]calling me I [G7]thought I heard a [C]shout

And at that moment lightning struck not [Em]twenty yards from me
And [F]left there was a giant cross where [C]once there'd been a tree
This [Am]time I know I heard a voice a [Dm]voice so sweet and strange
A [Em]voice that came from everywhere a [Am]voice that called my name

[C]So frightened I was thinking of [Am]sinful deeds I'd done
[C]I failed to see the thousand head of [Am]cattle start to run
[C]The cattle they stampeded were [Am]running all around
My [F]pony ran but [G7]stumbled and he [Am]threw me to the ground

I [F]felt the end was [C]nearing that [F]death would be the [C]price
When a [F]mighty bolt of [C]lightning showed the [Am]face of Jesus Christ
And I cried oh Lord [G7]forgive me [C]don't let it happen [F]now  
I [C]want to live for [F]you alone oh [G7]God these words I [C]vow  

My wicked past unfolded and [Em]I thought of wasted years
When [F]another bolt of lightning killed a [C]hundred head of steers
And [Am]the others rushed on by me [Dm]but I was left to live
The [Em]master had a reason life is [Am]His to take or give

[C]A miracle performed that night I [Am]wasn't meant to die
[C]The dead ones formed a barricade [Am]least six or seven high
[C]And right behind it there was I [Am]afraid but safe and sound
I [F]cried and begged for [G7]mercy then and there [Am]upon the ground

[C]A pardon I was granted my [Am]sinful soul set free
[C]No more to fear the angry waves [Am]upon life´s stormy seas
[C]Forgiven by the love of God a [Am]love that will remain
I [F]gave my life and [G7]soul the night the [Am]Savior called my name


When I was but a young man I was wild and full of fire
A youth within my teens but full of challenge and desire
I ran away from home and left my mother and my dad
I know it grieved them so to think there only boy was bad

I fell in with an outlaw bunch there names were known quite well
How many times we robbed and plundered I could never tell
This kind of sinful living leads only to a fall
I learned that much and more the night I heard my Master call

One night we rustled cattle a thousand head or so
And started them out on the trail that leads to Mexico
When a norther started blowing and lightning flashed about
I thought someone was calling me I thought I heard a shout

And at that moment lightning struck not twenty yards from me
And left there was a giant cross where once there'd been a tree
This time I know I heard a voice a voice so sweet and strange
A voice that came from everywhere a voice that called my name

So frightened I was thinking of sinful deeds I'd done
I failed to see the thousand head of cattle start to run
The cattle they stampeded were running all around
My pony ran but stumbled and he threw me to the ground

I felt the end was nearing that death would be the price
When a mighty bolt of lightning showed the face of Jesus Christ
And I cried oh Lord forgive me don't let it happen now
I want to live for you alone oh God these words I vow

My wicked past unfolded and I thought of wasted years
When another bolt of lightning killed a hundred head of steers
And the others rushed on by me but I was left to live
The master had a reason life is His to take or give

A miracle performed that night I wasn't meant to die
The dead ones formed a barricade least six or seven high
And right behind it there was I afraid but safe and sound
I cried and begged for mercy then and there upon the ground

A pardon I was granted my sinful soul set free
No more to fear the angry waves upon life´s stormy seas
Forgiven by the love of God a love that will remain
I gave my life and soul the night the Savior called my name

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