Christy Moore - Ordinary Man Guitar Chords

Christy Moore

celtic, irish folk

Song versions: 1 2 3
Chords: F, G, Am, C, E, D, A
F G Am (x3)

       Am       G            F                 Am
I'm an ordinary man, nothing special, nothing grand 
      F              G            Am    Am
I've had to work for everything I own
  Am                G          F                 Am
I never asked for a lot, I was happy with what I got 
 F                G             Am    Am
Enough to keep my family and my home

         F                  G                 C           Am    
Now they say that times are hard and they've handed me my cards 
     F                   F           E    E
They say there's not the work to go around 
    Am               G          F                  Am
And when the whistle blows, the gates will finally close
  F                      G                 Am    Am
Tonight they're going to shut this factory down
                    F    G    Am    Am
And they'll tare it d-o-w-n

Bridge . . .  F   G   Am    Am

  Am             G                F                 Am
I never missed a day, nor went on strike for better pay
    F              G                  Am    Am
For twenty years I served them best I could 
           Am              G                  F          Am
Now with a handshake and a cheque it seems so easy to forget 
F                   G                     Am    Am    
Loyalty through the bad times and through good 

F                   G               C                  Am
The owner says he's sad to see that things have got so bad 
        F                 F                  E    E
But the captains of indus-try woun't let him lose 
   Am             G       F            Am
He still drives a car and smokes his cigar 
    F               G           Am    Am            F   G   Am    Am
And still takes his family on a cruise, he'll never lose 

Bridge . . .  F    G    Am    Am

       Am       G         F      Am
Now it seems to me such a cruel irony 
       F             G             Am    Am
He's richer now than ever he was before
Am              G           F               Am
Now my check is spent and I cant afford the rent 
         F               G                 Am    Am
There's one law for the rich, one for the poor
F              G                C          Am
Every day I've tried to salvage some of my pride 
   F                   F              E    E
To find some work so's I might pay my way
       Am           G       F              Am
Oh but everywhere I go, the answers always no
        F           G             Am    Am
There's no work for anyone here today
            F    G    Am    Am
No work t-o-D-A-y 

Bridge . . .  F    G    Am    Am

       Am          G              F        Am
And so condemned I stand, just an ordinary man
     F           G              Am    Am                
Like thousands beside me in the queue 
  Am               G              F                Am
I watch my darling wife trying to make the best of life 
    F                  G                 Am    Am
And God knows what the kids are going to do
F               G     C               Am
Now that we are faced with this human waste 
  F    F            E    E
A gen-eration cast aside 
   Am        G       F            Am
As long as I live, I never will forgive, 
       F                 G           Am    Am
You've stripped me of my dignity and pride,
Am              F  G  Am  Am
you stripped me ba-r-e
                  F  G  Am  Am                F  G  Am Am
You've stripped me bare, you've stripped me bare. 

Instrumental (Until End) . . .  F   G  Am  Am (x6)

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