When Billy the Kid Lived in New York

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WHEN BILLY THE KID LIVED IN NEW YORK
© Bob Wright (capo 3rd- play these positions/ actual chord in parentheses)
Am(Cm)
Billy the Kid was an outlaw
Em (Gm) Am(Cm)
Billy the Kid fought the law
F(Ad) C(Ed) G(Bd) Am(Cm)
He learned evil ways some people say
Em(Gm) Am(Cm)
When Billy the Kid lived in New York

Billy’s mama cried for her babies
Billy’s mama hated what she saw
Most of the kids were carrying shivs
When Billy the Kid lived in New York
F(Ad) C(Ed) G(Bd) Am(Cm)
The 40 Thieves and Rabbits were the teachers that he knew
Em(Gm) Am(Cm)
They carved their way to power they were cold and bloody crews
F(Ad) C(Ed) G(Bd Am(Cm)
Murder and survival were the lessons that were taught
Em(Gm) Am(Cm)
When Billy the Kid lived in New York

Billy was a charmin’ Irish Boyo
Billy was the one the girls adored
But everywhere he looked there were thieves and crooks
When Billy the Kid lived in New York

He saw the bloody riots when they tried to have a draft
He saw the politicians with their power and their graft
Every lawman that he saw could always be paid off
When Billy the Kid lived in New York

Billy loved his pistols and his horses
Billy loved his whiskey and his whores
Nothing seemed as cheap as life back on the streets
When Billy the Kid lived in New York

The five points on a sheriff’s badge reminded him of home
Where gangs became your family so you didn’t fight alone
Every Irishman was treated like a dog Em(Gm) Am(Cm)
When Billy the Kid lived in New York… when Billy the Kid…. Lived in New York

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from The Diver, released January 1, 2008

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Bob Wright/ Harbortown New York, New York

He is a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning songwriter and Bob Wright songs are often mistaken for traditional songs because their immigrant roots run deep beneath the surface of America and back to the places they came from for nurturing and inspiration. They surface in a modern world, constructed with a modern sensibility and a comforting resonance with the past. ... more

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