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Johnny Cash - Grandfather's Clock


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GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK
Recorded by Johnny Cash
Words and music by Henry Work

Note. In a more upbeat tempo than traditionally done.

CAPO: 1st Fret/KEY: Eb/PLAY: D

INTRO: Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock,

[D] My grandfather's [A7] clock; Was too [D] large for the [G] shelf
So it [D] stood ninety [A7] years on the [D] floor
It was taller by [A7] half; Than the [D] old man him-[G] self
Though it [D] weighed not a [A7] penny-weight [D] more;
It was bought on the morn; Of the [G] day that he was [D] born
And was always his trea-[E7] sure and [A7] pride
But it [D] [P] stopped [A7] [P] short - nev-[D] er to go a-[G] gain
When the [D] old [A7] man [D] died.

Refrain:
[D] Ninety years without slumbering
(Dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah!) (or Trad. Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock)
His life seconds numbering
(Dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah!) (or Trad. Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock)
It [D] [P] stopped [A7] [P] short - nev-[D] er to go a-[G] gain
When the [D] old [A7] man [D] died.

My [D] grandfather [A7] said that of [D] those he could hire
Not a [D] servant so faith-[A7] ful he [D] found
For it wasted no [A7] time and had [D] but one de-[G] sire
At the [D] close of each [A7] week to be [D] wound
And it kept in its' place; not a [G] frown upon its' [D] face
And its' hands never [E7] hung by its [A7] side
But it [D] [P] stopped [A7] [P] short - nev-[D] er to go a-[G] gain
When the [D] old [A7] man [D] died.

Refrain:

Note. The following verse not on Johnny Cash's version.

In watching its pen-[A7] dulum [D] swing to and [G] fro
Many [D] hours had he [A7] spent as a [D] boy
And in childhood and man-[A7] hood, the [D] clock seem to [G] know
And to [D] share both his [A7] grief and his [D] joy.

For it struck twenty four when he en-[G] ter'd at the [D] door
With a blooming and beau-[E7] tiful [A7] bride
But it [D] [P] stopped [A7] [P] short - nev-[D] er to go a-[G] gain
When the [D] old [A7] man [D] died.

Refrain:

CHANGE TO E:

It [E] rang an a-[B7] larm in the [E] dead of the [A] night
An a-[E] larm that for [B7] years had been [E] *dumb
And we knew that his [B7] spirit was [E] *pluming for [A] flight
That his [E] hour for de-[B7] parture had [E] come.

Still the clock kept the time; with its' [A] soft and muffled [E] chimes
As we proudly [F#] stood by his [B7] side
But it [E] [P] stopped [B7] [P] short - nev-[E] er to go a-[A] gain
When the [E] old [B7] man [E] died.

Refrain:

[E] Ninety years without slumbering
(Dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah!) (or Trad. Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock)
His life seconds numbering
(Dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah!) (or Trad. Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock)
It [E] [P] stopped [B7] [P] short - nev-[E] er to go a-[A] gain
When the [E] old [B7] man [E] died.

TAG: Repeat last line of refrain.



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