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Chainsaw Earle

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He was skinny as a rake like two by four
Ugly as sin born premature
Mother had trouble trying to take
To a kid that looked like a garden rake
All sons are sons and Dad wasn't proud
Didn't make him feel like one of the crowd
Wood-cuttin' boys from up in the sticks laughed at the sight of Earl.
(Wimp!)

He was treated like scum and he felt like dirt
Couldn't lift a chain saw...make it work
Father often said that he didn't have a clue
And Mother didn't feed him and he hardly grew (Hungry!..I'm hungry!)
So Earl disappeared for fifteen years
Father didn't miss him and his Mother didn't care
After a while they forgot about Earle
and his girlfriend said "Who cares?"

Stunned, stunned, stunned, stunned Earle
Stunned, stunned, stunned, stunned Earle
Stunned, stunned, stunned, stunned Earle

In this little town life went on the same
'Til one hot July....and no rain came
Great big fires set the country ablaze
And everyone cuttin' fire breaks
Aw they sawed and they sawed but they couldn't outrun
The smoky fumes and the firey tongues
They were losin' fast, it was lookin' bad
Who would save their town?
(Save me! Save Me!)

And nobody knew neither foe nor friend
That Earle had grown to seven foot ten
Arms like culverts, legs like trees
Fists like hammers and hairy knees (Shave me! Shave me!)
Far off in the woods above the din and the roar
Came a sound nobody had heard before
Trees were fallin' like a tidal wave
To a monster Johnsonred chainsaw.

Chain, chain, chain saw Earle
Chain, chain, chain saw Earle
Chain, chain, chain saw Earle

His cutter bar was ten foot two
Turned the air all purple and blue
Tasmanian devil in twenty minutes flat
Made the landscape look just like Iraq
With the trees all limbed and the fire break made
The townsfolk saved from a charcoal grave
People gathered, shouted and cheered.... (Hooray!)
For this forest disposal unit

Lightin up a smoke he let the chain saw down
Said, "I'm the guy who saved your town!"
Then Earle knocked over a drum of gas
Just as he threw away his match
All the gas exploded and the town burned flat
And Earle ran off just like a scalded cat
Its been fifteen years his Father said,...
"And he's still as stunned as me arse!"

(Sing it)
Stunned, stunned, stunned as me arse
Stunned, stunned, stunned as me arse
Stunned, stunned, stunned as me arse .... was Earle.

####.... Buddy Wasisname And The Other Fellers ....####

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Capo 3rd Fret
tab fingerings (relative to capo)
Cm X01220
Gm 022000
A# 32000X
D# X3201X
A#/D X2000X

He was {Cm}skinny as a rake like {D#}two by four
{A#}Ugly as sin born {Gm}premature
{Cm}Mother had {A#/D}trouble {D#}trying to {A#}take
To a {Cm}kid that {Gm}looked like a {Cm}garden rake
All {D#}sons are sons and {A#}Dad wasn't proud
Didn't {Cm}make him feel like {A#}one of the {Gm}crowd
{Cm}Wood-cuttin' {A#/D}boys from {D#}up in the {A#}sticks {Cm}laughed at the {Gm}sight of {Cm}Earl.
{Wimp!}

{Cm}Stunned, stunned, stunned, stunned {Gm}Earle
{Cm}Stunned, stunned, stunned, stunned {Gm}Earle
{Cm}Stunned, stunned, stunned, stunned {Gm}Earle

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