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John Tanner


capo 5th

/Am /F,C/F,C/G /F,C/F,C/F,G/Am /

There [C] once was a boy who was [G] cunning and coy
he was [Am] born in the wilds of [G] Kentucky
He was [F] two when he [C] sighed as [F] his mother [C] died
some [F] people are [G] just born [C] unlucky

CHORUS

John [Am] Tanner's the name, hard [F] living's the [C] game,
and [F] maybe a [C] murderer [G] too [
[F] July the [C] sixth, [F] 1846 [C]
in the [F] town that they [G] call "The [Am] Sault"

But the [C] boy grew up strong and it [G] wasn't too long
‘till the [Am] year was 1790 [G]
Who [F] could have [C] foretold that the [F] boy ten years [C] old
would soon [F] be in the [G] hands of the [Am] Shawnee

Never [C] one for strict rules one [G] day
John missed school and his [Am] father caned him [G] severely
And [F] when it was [C] done he [F] wished he was [C] gone
it was a [F] wish he'd [G] soon pay for [C] dearly

One [F] early spring day his [C] father did say
[F]"John don't you dare go [C] outside [G]
The [F] horses are nervous and [C] strangers are near us
stay [Dm] here with your [C] brother and [G7] hide."

But as [C] soon as he could, John [G] escaped to the wood
in a [Am] sly and cautious [G] manner
but no [F] good it would [C] do for [F] all too [C] soon
came the [F] kidnap of [G] poor young John [C] Tanner CHORUS

John [Am] Tanner's the name, hard [F] living's the [C] game,
and [F] maybe a [C] murderer [G] too [
[F] July the [C] sixth, [F] 1846 [C]
in the [F] town that they [G] call "The [Am] Sault"

For [C] two brutal years he [G] shed many tears
at the [Am] hands of his vicious new [G] father
But [F] then things [C] changed when a [F] wise woman [C] came
He was [F] sold to and [G] raised by *Nek-no-kwa [Am]

For [C] thirty more years he [G] hunted the deer
and [Am] never thought once of his [G] old bed
for the [F] man who [C] took him, made [F] sure he [C] forsook them
by [F] telling young [G] John they were [C] dead

At [F] forty years old he [C] walked the long road
that [F] led to his kin in [C] Kentucky [G]
but he [F] could not adjust so he [C] made his way North
soon [Dm] landing in [C] Sault Ste. Marie [G7] 

He found [C] metis and Ojibway and [G] also Fort Brady,
with [Am] soldiers like Lieutenant Bryant [G] Tilden
John’s [F] work was to [C] listen to the [F] words of the [C] red men
[F] interpreting [G] what they had [C] spoken

CHORUS

John [Am] Tanner's the name, hard [F] living's the [C] game,
and [F] maybe a [C] murderer [G] too [
[F] July the [C] sixth, [F] 1846 [C]
in the [F] town that they [G] call "The [Am] Sault"

Two [C] men John did work for, two [G] men who were at war
Henry [Am] Schoolcraft and Abel [G] Bingham
[F] Caught in the [C] middle, and [F] not one to [C] quibble
the [F] tongue that [G] employed John [Am] undid him

Henry [C] Schoolcraft was helpful but [G] he could be hurtful
when [Am] he had a grudge in his [G] heart
and he [F] worked hard to [C] make sure John [F] Tanner would [C] suffer
[F] until that tough [G] man fell [C] apart

When [F] Henry paid money he [C] did it quite funny
with [F] credit in [C] his brother's [G] store
It was [F] all fair they claimed as John [C] owed this man James
so he [Dm] paid the price and [C] then some more [G7]

Some [C] buildings burned down and the [G] talk in the town
was that [Am] Tanner was at it [G] again
and when [F] James Schoolcraft [C] cried from a [F] gun wound and [C] died
John [F] Tanner was [G] instantly [C] blamed

CHORUS

John [Am] Tanner's the name, hard [F] living's the [C] game,
and [F] maybe a [C] murderer [G] too [
[F] July the [C] sixth, [F] 1846 [C]
in the [F] town that they [G] call "The [Am] Sault"

On [C] that very day, [G] John went away
and [Am] never was seen [G] again
but [F] later ‘twas [C] said, Tilden [F] on his [C] deathbed
[F] confessed that the [G] gunman was [Am] him

A [C] couple years on in a [G] swamp someone found
some [Am] bones that smelled just like [G] slander
They [F] never could [C] say but they [F] did anyway [C]
that the [F] corpse had to [G] be old John Tanner [C]

CHORUS

John [Am] Tanner's the name, hard [F] living's the [C] game,
and [F] maybe a [C] murderer [G] too
[F] July the [C] sixth, [F] 1846 [C]
in the [F] town that they [G] call "The [C] Sault"
[F] July the [C] sixth, [F] 1846 [C]
in the [F] town that they [G] call "The [C] Sault"

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