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Bobby Bare - Brian Hennessey (Chord)
Album: Lullabys, Legends and Lies (And More) (2007)
Submitter: Ray Terry (140) on 6/22/09
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Brian Hennessey
Bobby Bare
Album: Bobby Bare Sings Lullaby, Legends And Lies
 

E                                      A
Brian Hennessey sat back and let the gypsy read his palm
         B                                    E
When he saw her eyes grow wide and wild and dark
                                                   A
And she whispered through her toothless gums and clutched him by the arm
             B                             E
She said, ''Boy, I fear I see the devil's mark.''

E        B                                   E   
Brian Hennessey just laughed and pealed the ten-spot from his roll
                                           B
'Cause he'd never ever known the taste of fear
         E                                      A
But he wondered why the summer nights should suddenly turn cold
        B                                 E
As the gypsy's words come ringing in his ear.

E          A                           E
''You can run, you can hide, Brian Hennessey.'', she cried
                                                B
''But you can't escape the fate that's in your hand.
     E                             A
And say how does it feel to have dealt your final deal?
       B                             E
Go on lay down Brian you're a dying man.''

E                                                 A           
Brian Hennessey walked through the doors of the Dining Dog Saloon
            B                                  E
Where he stopped to have his nightly glass of gin
                                                 A
And the one-eyed scar-faced stranger a dealing blackjack in the gloom
             B                                  E  
Winked his ghastly grey glass eye and dealt him in.

E       B                              E
Brian watched in fascination as the stranger's fingers flew
                                         B
Why he'd never seen such cheatin' done before
         E                                 A
And his hand closed round a handle of his snub-nose 32
           B                               E
When the gypsy's warning come to him once more.

E          A                           E
''You can run, you can hide, Brian Hennessey.'', she cried
                                                B
''But you can't escape the fate that's in your hand.
     E                             A
And say how does it feel to have dealt your final deal?
       B                             E
Go on lay down Brian you're a dying man.''

E                                    A
Brian Hennessey just folded up his cards and walked away
         B                             E
Holding back the rage that burned his soul
                                            A 
And he stopped to have some coffee at the Mockingbird Cafe
            B                                E
But that slender blue eyed waitress was his goal.

       B                                                   E
And a few words from his silver tongue soon turned her flighty head
                                                    B
She said, ''My husband's out of town, you need not fear.''
            E                                  A
But as he pressed her to the softness of her flutty-feathered bed
         B                                 E
On her pillows he saw written bright and clear.

E            A                           E
Oh, you can run, you can hide, daring letters clear and wide
                                               B
Said you can't escape the fate that's in your hand
     E                             A
And say how does it feel to have dealt your final deal
       B                             E
Go on lay down Brian you're a dying man.

E                                      A
Brian Hennessey he stumbled down the stairs into the street
          B                                 E
And from that day on he changed his wicked life
                                             A
And he never drunk or gambled and he never dealt no doop
         B                              E
And he never touched another fellow's wife.

      B                                                     E
And years later he met the gypsy when his days were almost done
                                                B
He said, ''Ha, ha, I beat your curse don't you know.''
     E                                         A
But when she saw the frightened, trembling, withered wretch that he'd become
              B                           E
She said, ''Brian, you died twenty years ago.''

               A                       E
''Because you ran and you hid that's exactly what you did
                                               B
But you didn't escape the fate that's in your hand.
                                  A  
And say how did it feel to have dealt your final deal?
       B                             E
Go on lay down Brian you're a dying man...''
 
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