Guy Clark Chords and Lyrics - The Carpenter

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The Carpenter


Capo 2nd fret C#m B Let us now praise a carpenter and the things that he made, A B And the way that he lived by the tools of the trade. C#m B I can still hear his hammer singing ten penny time, A B Working by the hour till the day that he died. E He was tough as a crowbar, quick as a chisel, B C#m B Fair as a plane, Lord, and true as a level. E He was straight as a chalkline, right as a rule, B C#m B Square with the world; he took good care of his tools.

Lord, he worked his hands in wood from the crib to the coffin
With a care and a love that you don't see too often.
He built boats out of wood - big boats - working in a shipyard,
Mansions on the hill and a birdhouse in the backyard.

He was tough as a crowbar, he was quick as a chisel,
Fair as a plane, Lord, and true as a level.
He was straight as a chalkline, he was right as a rule,
Square with the world; he took good care of his tools.

He said, "Anything that's worth cutting down a tree for
Is worth doing right - don't the Lord love a two-by-four?"
If you ask him how to do some, he'd say, "Just like Noah built the Ark,
You got to hold your mouth right, son, and never miss your mark."

You'll be tough as a crowbar, quick as a chisel,
Fair as a plane, Lord, and true as a level.
You'll be straight as a chalkline, right as a rule,
Square with the world; you'll take good care of your tools.

You'll be tough as a crowbar, you'll be quick as a chisel,
Fair as a plane, Lord, and true as a level.
You'll be straight as a chalkline, you'll be right as a rule,
Square with the world; you'll take good care of your tools.


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(Words and music by Guy Clark, 1983)


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