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Lyr/Chords Req: Tom Paxton Chords

27 Jan 00 - 01:37 PM (#169201)
Subject: Tom Paxton Chords
From: Old Folkie

Hello, I was wondering if anyone here happened to know the chords to any of the following songs, and if so, they would be able to post them.

The Willing Conscript Forrest Lawn Cindy's cryingLeaving London Molly Bloom Every Time My Son John All night Long Lyndon johnson told the nation One Million Lawyers The Mail will go through

Thanks Pogo

27 Jan 00 - 09:13 PM (#169450)
Subject: Chords Add: WILLING CONSCRIPT (Tom Paxton)
From: raredance

This one's in the database. Here are the chords.


(C)Oh sergeant, I'm a draftee (F)and I've (C)just ar(G)-rived in (C)camp
I've come to wear the uni-(G)form and (C)join the (G)martial (C)tramp
And (F)I want to do my (C)duty, but one (F)thing I (C)do im-(D)plore
(G)You must (C)give me lessons, sergeant, (F)for I've (C)never (G)killed be-(C)fore.

rich r

27 Jan 00 - 09:39 PM (#169459)
Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: FOREST LAWN (Tom Paxton)
From: raredance

When you have a bunch of songs that you want, it is much better to start a thread listing only one in the thread title. It is also a good idea to check the database first to see what is there. In these two cases a request for the chords would have been more appropriate since the lyrics are in the DT. I copied and pasted the lyrics from the DT in their entirety here becasue the DT lyrics are slightly messed up with lines out of order.

FOREST LAWN (Tom Paxton)

Oh, lay me (C)down in Forest Lawn in a silver (G7)casket,
Put golden flowers over my head in a silver (C)basket(C7).
Let the (F)drum and bugle corps blow (C)Taps while (B7)can-(Bflat7)nons (A7)roar
Let (D7)sixteen liveried employees pass out (G7)souvenirs from the funeral store.
I (C)want to go (G7)simply when I (C)go
THey'll (E7)give me a simple funeral there, I (Am)know.
(C7)With a (F)casket lined in fleece and (C)fireworks (B7)spellng (Bflat-7)out (A7)"Rest in Peace"
Oh, (D)take me when I'm (G7)gone to Forest (C)Lawn.

Oh lay me down in Forest Lawn, they understand there,
They have a heavenly choir and a military band there,
Just put me in their care, I'll find my comfort there,
With Sixteen planes in a last salute, dropping a cross in a parachute
I wanna go simply when I go.
They'll give me a simple funeral there, I know,
With a hundred strolling strings and topless dancers in golden wings
Oh take me when I'm gone to Forest Lawn.

Oh, (G)come, come, come, come,
Come to the church in the (D7)wildwood
Kindly leave a contribution in the (C)pail(G)(Am7)(G).
Be as (C)simple and as trusting as a (G)child would
And we'll (D)sell you the (D7)church in the (G)dale(G7).

To find a simple resting place is my desire
To lay me down with a smiling face comes a little bit higher
My likeness done in brass will stand in plastic grass
And weights and hidden springs will tip its hat to the mourners filing past
I wanna go simply when I go.
They'll give me a simple funeral there I know
I'll sleep beneath the sand,
With piped-in tapes of Billy Graham
O take me when I'm gone to Forest Lawn.

Rock of Ages, (F)cleft for (C)me
For a (Am)slightly (G7)higher (C)fee.
Oh (D7)take me when I'm (G7)gone to Forest (C)Lawn.

from: Tom Paxton Anthology, 1971 United Artists Music

Copyright Tom Paxton

27 Jan 00 - 09:59 PM (#169473)
Subject: Chords Add: CINDY'S CRYIN' (Tom Paxton)
From: raredance

My mistake, you only asked for the chords, but it's still better to separate threads. Here's Cindy's Cryin' with a couple comments to correct minor errors in the DT lyrics.


(G)Cindy's Cryin' but it (C)ain't no (G)use
She's got a habit and she (D7)can't get (G)loose
Stoppin' each and every (C)man she (G)meets
Gonna be a hooker on (D7)Bleecker (G)Street
On (D7)Bleeck-(G7)er (C)Street
Honey makes you feel like cry(G)in'
(G7)You (C)said you'd leave it and I hope you're (G)tryin'
They (D7)call it livin' and if feels like (G)dyin'

In the second refrain it should be:

I know you can make it but you better START (not stop) tryin'.

In the third refrain:

We can make it but we better START (not stop) tryin'

rich r

27 Jan 00 - 10:15 PM (#169486)
Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: EV'RY TIME (WHEN WE ARE GONE)
From: raredance

I couldn' find this one in the DT


by Tom Paxton (1962)

(E)Ev'ry time I (A)hear a sweet bird (E)singin'
I (B7)think of you and (E)I, my dear,
I (B7)think of you and (E)I.
(E)When I hear the (A)evenin' bells a (E)ringin'
I (B7)hang my head and (E)cry, my dear,
I (B7)hang my head and (E)cry.

(E)And they will ring,
And they wil (A)ring (E)(B7)
(B7)When we are (E)gone.

Ev'ry time I hear your soft voice hummin'
My heart jumps in my breast, my dear,
my heart jumps in my breast.
An until I hear your footsteps comin'
I sure can know no rest,my dear,
I sure can know no rest.

I will love you,
I will love you
when we are gone.

Tom lapsed into a little bad grammar here, and object phrase should be "you and me" not "you and I". I fear the kid is never going to make it as a songwriter.

rich r

27 Jan 00 - 10:34 PM (#169497)
Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: ALL NIGHT LONG (Tom Paxton)
From: raredance

I guess I'm in a good mood tonight because the Tarheels broke their 4 game losing streak. However this will probably be the last one. I didn't see this one in the DT


by Tom Paxton (1969)

(C)All night (Em)long,
(C)dreaming (D)badly (D7)feeling (G)something's (Em)wrong;
(C)Faces (D)crying (D7)as they (G)fade a-(Em)way,
Who can say where they were (D)go(D7)ing?((Am7)(D7)

(G)I can't wait for (Em)winds to blow my (G)way.(Em)
(G)Let them shake the (Em)world, I know I (D)know (Am7)my (D)way,
I know the (Bm)songs that died unsung knew their way (Em)too
Most songs (Am)do, most songs (D)do.

Where's their song,
Did they leave it in their throats too long?
Were they waiting for a sunny day ?
Who can say whose wind is blowing?


All night long,
Someone's trying to believe he's strong.
Will he make it by the break of day?
Who can say whose power is growing?

rich r

08 May 16 - 12:47 PM (#3789191)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Tom Paxton Chords
From: Jason Xion Wang

All songs mentioned but "One Million Lawyers" can be found at Tom Paxton Chords page at

For "One Million Lawyers", according to the songbook The Honor of Your Company, the chords are:


D7 G C G
D7 G Em A7 D7
D7 G D7 G
C G E7 A7 D7


G D7 G
G D7 G


D7 G D7 G
D7 G Em A7 D7
D7 G D7 G
G C G E7 A7 D7

It will finally be on the Tom Paxton Chords page as well, but not yet..

09 May 16 - 03:17 AM (#3789289)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Tom Paxton Chords
From: GUEST,threelegsoman

I do not have all the songs you asked for in my Tom Paxton playlist, but there are a few of them in it.
I include lyrics and chords on-screen with all my uploads:

Tom Paxton Playlist