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Words: Woody Guthrie
Music: Traditional
From: Guitar Picker - www.gospelmusic.org.uk
Jesus Christ

Jesus [G] Christ was a man who [C] travelled through the [G] land,
A hard working man and [D] brave.
He [G] said to the [G7] rich, "Give your [C] goods to the [G] poor."
But they laid Jesus [D7] Christ in His [G] grave.

[C] Jesus was a man, a [G] carpenter by hand.
His followers true and [D] brave.
One [G] dirty little [G7] coward called [C] Judas [G] Iscariot,
Has laid Jesus [D7] Christ in His [G] grave.  [C] [G] 

*(Same chords as first verse for rest of song)

He went to the preacher, he went to the sheriff,
He told them all the same,
"Sell all your jewellery and give it to the poor."
But they laid Jesus Christ in His grave.

When Jesus came to town, the working folks around,
Believed what He did say.
Bankers and the preachers, they nailed Him on a cross,
And they laid Jesus Christ in His grave.

Poor workin' people they followed Him around,
Sung and shouted gay.
Cops and the soldiers they nailed Him in the air,
And they laid Jesus Christ in His grave.

This song was written in New York City,
Of rich man, preacher and slave.
If Jesus was to preach what He preached at Galilee
They would lay Jesus Christ in His grave.


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