Me and Billy Barnum

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In 1912, I was only a boy
Hardly 10 years old
The summer was dry, the sun in the sky
Where secrets burn like matches

In my Sunday best, I went down for a walk
To Billy Barnum's house
He was alone, no one was home
So I had an idea

    I said to Billy, "let's go walking down in the ravine
    There's no one here for miles so we never will be seen
    If your folks are in Peoria, they won't be back for hours
    So let's go have some fun."

We walked down through the tangle of trees
I lost my bearing twice
But then we emerged, the top of the earth
And watched in silent wonder

We stood tall on the edge of the bridge
When a gust of wind blew through
I stumbled and weaved, and reached for his sleeve
To try and find my balance

    But Billy lost his footing and he slipped off of the edge
    He caught himself with one hand on an overhanging ledge
    But his strength would only last him for a minute, maybe two
    Then he crashed down in the river
    He crashed down in the river

A shallow grave on the outskirts of town
Is where I laid him down
A secret it's stayed, what happened that day
With me and Billy Barnum
With me and Billy Barnum

Tablature & Chords

Tuning: CGCGCEb, Capo 5

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Key: F Minor
Tempo: 228 bpm
Meter: 4/4 Straight
Length: 3:31
Released Oct 30, 2007