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Bob Dylan - The Death Of Emmet Till (Chord)
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The Death Of Emmet Till.
Bob Dylan.
Album: The Witmark Demos

An outtake from the Freewheelin' 
album and a true story.

Intro: Bm F#m D E Gmaj7 Bm F# Bm

                  A6        E       G
Twas down in Mississippi no so long ago,
       Bm                     A6           E         F#
When a young boy from Chicago town stepped through a Southern door,
     Bm              A6            E              G
This boy's frightful tragedy I can still remember well,
    Bm           A6                     F#              Bm
The color of his skin was black and his name was Emmett Till.

Bm                        A6            E                  G
Some men they dragged him to a barn and there they beat him up,
               Bm    A6         E6                F#
They said they had a reason, but I can't remember what,
              Bm      A6                       E  G
They tortured him and did some things too evil to repeat,
          Bm               A6
There was screaming sounds inside the barn, 
          F#                         Bm
There was laughing sounds out on the street.

                          A6          E                    G
Then they rolled his body down a gulf amidst the blood-red rain
         Bm                      A6      E                   F#
And they threw him in the waters wide to cease his screaming pain.
           Bm                   A6             E                G
The reason that they killed him there, and I'm sure it ain't no lie,
         Bm             F#m          F#                  Bm
Was just for the fun of killing, and to watch him slowly die.

                     A6                E             G
And then to stop the United States for yelling for a trial,
    Bm                      A6            E                  F#
Two brothers they confessed that they had killed poor Emmett Till.
           Bm              A6      F          E                          G
But on the jury there were men who helped the brothers commit this awful crime,
            Bm          A6           F#               Bm
And so this trial was a mockery, but nobody seemed to mind.

                  A6         E           G
I saw the morning papers but I could not bear,
   Bm              A6                    E              F#
To see the smiling brothers walking down the courthouse stairs,
        Bm              A6               F        E         G
For the jury found them innocent and the brothers they went free,
      Bm            A6                     F#                        Bm
While Emmett's body floats the foam on the edge of Jim Crow southern sea.

                                    A6               E               G
If you can't speak out against this kind of thing, a crime that's so unjust,
     Bm                        A6               E                   F#
Your eyes are filled with dead men's dirt, your mind is filled with dust,
          Bm                       A6
Your arms and legs they must be in shackles and chains, 
         E                       G
And your blood it must refuse to flow,
        Bm       A6              F#maj7            Bm
For you let this human race fall down so God-awful low!

Bm                    D      B  E                  G
This song is just a reminder to remind your fellow man,
          Bm                        A6            E                   F#maj7
That this kind of thing still lives today in that ghost-robed Klu Klux Klan,
               Bm                A6             E                 G
When if all us folks that thinks alike, if we'd give all we could give,
        Bm   B     D             F#                 Bm
We make this great land of ours, a greater place to live.

D E G Bm F# F#m7 Bm 
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