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From: Ownby822K@aol.com
Performer: Ricky Skaggs
Album: Soldier of the Cross (1999)
Words and music: Walt Wilkins & Naoise Sheridan

Seven Hillsides

Am  
All night I've wrestled Jacob's angel 

And prayed with Matthew Luke and John

Struggling to find the words to face the task 
                    G                 Am
that comes upon the blood red dawn

I've buried men before their time 

of alcohol and blackened lung 

But how to bury seven of these Appalachian miner's sons 
     G
Who stormed the beaches wave on wave, 

And sailed home to these rocky graves
    Am
In family plots that bear their names,


Chorus:
C         G            Dm    Am
Tomorrow I'll walk up, seven hillsides
C         G                Dm    Am
Tremble before my flock on seven hillsides
F     G             Am          G                 F
Seven sorrows seven sons, seven mothers and every one

Will turn to me for the word of God what does this mean,
    G                                    
And there I'll stand Good Book in hand, 
                             F
A shepherd to these precious lambs
                             G 
What will I say, what will I say     
           Am
What can I say


Am
To tell the truth I'd never thought much 

About the will of God before

When called to preach at seventeen 
                                       G           Am
I was in love with fiery words and not much more

The time has come to keep the faith 

For others shattered by their loss
  
Remind them of the loving God 

Whose son like their's paid the cost 
   G
To save a sad and wicked world 

Through sacrifice our love is heard 
    Am
And pray that I believe those words


Chorus


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