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From: "Jones, WilliamA"
Words and music: R. Bowman, J.Nettuno, T. Campbell

Three Rusty Nails

Intro.        G C G

C	                                   G    C                     G  
Two thousand years~ ago, you sent your son, you wanted us to understand
C                       G             Am       G           D
That whoever so would believe in him, would be safe in his hands

Chorus

C                                  G
With three rusty nails and an old, Dogwood tree
C                                   G
The sacrifice was made, for you and me
C                            Em     D    C
We were afraid to say, that, he was the one~
Am           D             G
What have we done, to your son

Oh how it hurts when someone laughs at you
There words can cut you like a knife
Just think of all the shame we put him through
Guess he gave more than his life

Chorus

Em                              C
Well we know not what we do, we know not what we say
      Am             G                C              D
We'll never know the price he paid to take our sins away

Chorus

With 3 rusty nails and an old Dogwood tree

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Another arrangement
>From: "Gary Stevens" singinfeller@hotmail.com
Subject: Three Rusty Nails, performed by Ronnie Bowman, transcribed by 
Gary Lee Stevens

Three Rusty Nails                                                                                                   
Performer: Ronnie Bowman
Transcribed by Gary Lee Stevens
 
This is a beautiful spiritual song performed in a pure country 
traditional way...it don't get no better than this... This is how I play it, any corrections are 
welcome, I think I have it pretty close...

lead-in:  A chord, he hits the a-b-d-e strings 4or5x in progression, but 
you can pick it however suits you...
 
      D                                              A
    Two  thousand  years  ago  you  sent  your  son...
     D                                   /A
    you  wanted  us  to  understand...
     D                                         A
    that  who  so  ever  would  believe  in  him...
       D                                E
    would  be  safe  in  his  hands... 
                        D                                                A
chorus:  With  three  rusty  nails  and  an  old  dogwood  tree...
     D                                                         A
    the  sacrifice  was  made  for  you  and  me...
     D                                            A                  D
    we  were  afraid  to  say  that,  he  was  the  one...
      D                       E                   A
    what  have  we  done  to  your  son...
          D                                                    A
2nd   Oh  how  it  hurts  when  someone  laughs  at  you...
      D                                                  A
    there  words  can  cut  you  like  a  knife...
     D                                                A
    just  think  of  all  the  shame  we  put  him  through...
       D                                           E
    guess  he  gave  more  than  his  life...
 
chorus repeat:
               D
bridge:   Well  we  know  not  what  we  do...
     A
    we  know  not  what  we  say...
      D                                 A                          
D                      E
    we'll  never  know  the  price  he  paid,  to  take  our  sins  away...
 
chorus repeat:
                D                                               A
    With  three  rusty  nails  and  an  old  dogwood  tree...
 
In the chorus on the phrase, "he was the one"  lift your finger on that b 
string in the A chord on the word "was"...there's a lot of that on this 
song in all the chords, it's country sweet...Enjoy

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