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Abilene

Dave Alvin

    C Am F Dm (2x)

          C
There's a Greyhound bus
            G
Leavin' the great Northwest
C
Takin' her tonight
 	   G 	 
Back down south to Texas
F
She's been dancing' on tables

To pay rent and be able
 	  	  	       Dm
To just get by and maybe stay clean.


   C 	     Am     F 	 Dm
Abilene, Abilene
   C 	     A      F 	 Dm
Abilene, Abilene.


         C
Well her daddy'd get drunk
 	  G
Then he'd hit her hard
        C
And her mama'd lie in bed
 	 	   G
High on pills and talkin' to God
F
But like her beautiful tattoos

These old memories she can't lose
 	  	       Dm
Since she ran away at fifteen.


[Chorus]
   C 	     Am
Abilene, Abilene
F         Dm 	      C 	              Am
There's a town ahead    that you've never seen
F            Dm               F       Dm 	        F 	 
  Maybe it's better if you    get off there and try to
       Dm 	 
Forget everything
C 	 Am 	 F 	 Dm
Abilene.


C 	 
Starin' out the window
       G
At the long cold night
C 	 
Ahead on the horizon
 	    G
Is another string of bright lights
F
She's dreamin' of a man she's goin' to meet

In a bar on an Austin street
 	  	  	    Dm
Maybe this one won't be so mean.


[Chorus]


 	  C 	  	      G
In a Texas bar there's a man sittin' alone
C 	  	  	  	  G
Thinkin' of a girl he swore he'd wait there for
F 	 
But he's drinkin' beers and he's feelin' old

Rememberin' every lie he's told
 	  	  	        Dm
Til he changes his mind and he leaves.

[Chorus] 

C 	 Am 	 F 	 Dm
Abilene
       C 	 Am 	   F 	 Dm
Oh, Abilene, Abilene
   C 	     Am 	   F 	 Dm
Abilene, Abilene.

C 	 Am 	 F 	 Dm