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Words and music: Johnny Cash
Performer: Johnny Cash
Album: The Man Comes Around
Transcribed: michael.habarta@sicad.de

The Man Comes Around


Key of C

Intro: (spoken)
      And I heard as it were the noise of thunder,
      One of the four beasts saying: 'Come and see'
      and I saw, and behold a white horse

|: C  C  C  C :|

          C                               C  C
There's a man   goin' round   takin' names
                                             C C
And he decides  who to free  and who to blame
                                        C  C
Everybody won't be treated  all the same
                                     Am  Am  F
There'll be a golden ladder reaching down
         G          C      C  C  C
When the Man comes around


     C                             C  C
The hairs on your arm will stand up
                                         C  C
At the terror  in his sip  and in his sup
                                         C  C
Will you partake of that last offered cup
                                Am   Am  F
Or disappear into the potters' ground
         G          C      C  C
When the Man comes around


  Chorus:
   C                                 C  C
  Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers
                                    C  C
  One hundred million angels singing
                                  F           G G
  Multitudes are marching to the big kettle drum
                                G  G
  Voices calling, voices crying
                                   G  G
  Some are born and some are dying
                                  C    C
  It's Alpha and Omega's kingdom come.

            F                   C       C  C
  And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree
                                              C C
  And the virgins are all trimming their wicks
        F                   C        C
  The whirlwind is in the thorn tree
                                                C C
  It's hard for thee to kick against the pricks


instr: C C

          C                          C  C
'Till armageddon no shalam no shalom
                                             C  C
Then the father-hen will call his chickens home
                                            C  C
The wise men will bow down before the throne
                                          am am F
And at his feet they'll cast their golden crowns
         G          C     C  C
When the Man comes around


             C                           C
Whoever is unjust let him be unjust still
           C                                   C
Whoever is righteous let him be righteous still
           C                             C
Whoever is filthy let him be filthy still
                                 Am  Am  F
Listen to the words long written down
         G          C     C  C
When the Man comes around



  [repeat chorus]

      C                                Am  Am  F
  In measured hundredweight and penny pound
            G          C
  When the Man comes around.


 |: C  C  C  C :|


Outro: (spoken)
      And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts,
      and I looked and behold a pale horse and his name
      that sat on him was death, and hell followed with him.

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submitted by: Ron McConnell, Milwaukie, Oregon, USA

Key of C: ( the 12 string guitar sounds very powerful on the chorus of this song)

Intro: (spoken) And I heard as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying:
'Come and see' and I saw, and behold a white horse.
Intro: [C] x4
[C] There's a man goin' round takin' names
[C] And he decides who to free and who to blame
[C] Everybody won't be treated all the same
[C] There'll be a golden ladder reaching [Am] down
[F] When the [G] Man comes a[C]round.
 
[C] The hairs on your arm will stand up
[C] At the terror in his sip and in his sup
[C] Will you partake of that last offered cup?
[C] Or disappear into the potters' [Am] ground
[F] When the [G] Man comes a[C]round.
  Chorus:
[C] Hear the trumpets hear the pipers
[C] One hundred million angels singing
[C] Multitudes are marching to the [F] big kettle [G] drum.
[G] Voices calling, voices crying
[G] Some are born and some are dying
[G] It's Alpha and Omega's kingdom [C] come.
 
 
And the [F] whirlwind is in the [C] thorn tree
[C] And the virgins are all trimming their wicks
The [F] whirlwind is in the [C] thorn tree
[C] It's hard for thee to kick against the pricks
 
instr: C C
 
[C] 'Till Armageddon no shalam no shalom
[C] Then the father-hen will call his chickens home
[C] The wise men will bow down before the throne
[C] And at his feet they'll cast their golden [Am] crowns
[F] When the [G] Man comes a[C]round.
 
[C] Whoever is unjust let him be unjust still
[C] Whoever is righteous let him be righteous still
[C] Whoever is filthy let him be filthy still
[C] Listen to the words long written [Am] down
[F] When the [G] Man comes around. [C]
 
[repeat chorus]
 
[C] In measured hundredweight and penny [Am] pound
[F] When the [G] Man comes around. [C]
 
[C] x4
 
Outro: (spoken) And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts, and I looked and behold a pale horse 
and his name that sat on him was death, and hell followed with him.

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