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Tougher Than Leather

Song Author Willie Nelson Performer: Willie Nelson Submitted by: Anonymous


[G]He was tougher than leather and he didn't [G7]care   
Whether the [C]sun shined or not
When a [D7]young kid in Cow Town wanted a showdown
He was careless or just maybe [G]forgot


But he died in the gunfight blinded by sunlight
Never [G7]draw when you're facing the [C]sun  
And old [D7]tougher than leather
Just carved one more notch on his [G]gun  

And when he turned to [D7]go the beautiful maiden knelt down
Where her dead sweetheart [G]lay  
And on his breast placed a [A7]rose   
While the townspeople stared in [D7]dismay

[G]And old tougher than leather should've known better
But he picked up the rose in his [D7]hand   
And the townspeople froze when his hands crushed the rose
And the rose petals fell in the [G]sand


And old tougher than leather was a full-time go-getter
The grass never grew beneath his [D7]feet   
From one town to another he would ride like the wind
But his mind kept going back to the [G]street


Where a young cowboy died and a young maiden cried
And rose petals fell in the [D7]sand   
And his heart had been softened by the beautiful maid
And he knew he must see her [G]again


Well he went back to the town where it all had come down
And he searched but his search was in [D7]vain   
He had wanted to find her and say he was sorry
For causing her heart so much [G]pain


But one night he died from a poison inside
Brought on by the wrong he had [D7]done   
And old tougher than leather
Had carved his last notch on his [G]gun  


Well he was buried in Cow Town along about sundown
Looking good in his new store-bought [D7]clothes
When the young maiden came over and knelt down beside him
And on his lapel placed a [G]rose

There's a bird in the [C]sky  
Flying high flying [G]high
To a place from a [D7]place
Changing skies changing [G]skies

He was tougher than leather and he didn't care
Whether the sun shined or not
When a young kid in Cow Town wanted a showdown
He was careless or just maybe forgot

But he died in the gunfight blinded by sunlight
Never draw when you're facing the sun
And old tougher than leather
Just carved one more notch on his gun

And when he turned to go the beautiful maiden knelt down
Where her dead sweetheart lay
And on his breast placed a rose
While the townspeople stared in dismay

And old tougher than leather should've known better
But he picked up the rose in his hand
And the townspeople froze when his hands crushed the rose
And the rose petals fell in the sand

And old tougher than leather was a full-time go-getter
The grass never grew beneath his feet
From one town to another he would ride like the wind
But his mind kept going back to the street

Where a young cowboy died and a young maiden cried
And rose petals fell in the sand
And his heart had been softened by the beautiful maid
And he knew he must see her again

Well he went back to the town where it all had come down
And he searched but his search was in vain
He had wanted to find her and say he was sorry
For causing her heart so much pain

But one night he died from a poison inside
Brought on by the wrong he had done
And old tougher than leather
Had carved his last notch on his gun

Well he was buried in Cow Town along about sundown
Looking good in his new store-bought clothes
When the young maiden came over and knelt down beside him
And on his lapel placed a rose

There's a bird in the sky
Flying high flying high
To a place from a place
Changing skies changing skies

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