Intro: B B B well I woke up this morning and I made a resolution, E B I said "never going to sing another sad song again." I decided I'd admit it, I'm not an intellectual, E B though the words never come easy unless I'm singing them , C#m B and the hills that I was born in will never leave me no matter how hard I try. B and then my brother was murdered while my father was in prison, E B and the girl that I sometimes loved up and moved away, and my body filled up with blackness, and the darkness it wanted to drown me, E B and I heard my father's footsteps catching up to me, C#m Ebm and he took me by the shoulders and he said "son, my hands are strong, but I E * B hope you have the strength to shake us free, E B E B E B shake us free boy, shake us free my son, you better shake us free." B and now I'm lying in the van, chicago in the springtime, E B and the rain outside was falling sounds just like popcorn, but before I open my eyes I think I make this resolution, E B "no I'm never gonna sing another sad song for as long as I live" C#m B and the light coming through the windows is making everything glow C#m Ebm and he took me by the shoulders and he said "son my hands are strong, but I E * B E B E B hope you have the strength to shake us free, shake us free, shake us free, E B shake us free my son." E B I made a resolution I made a resolution I made a resolution I made a resolution Mel.