• Song:

    The Mountain

  • Artist:

    Steve Earle

  • Album:

    Just an American Boy

Tabbed by Jim Robinson
Steve Earle
The Mountain
Standard Tuning, capo 2nd fret

This is the version Steve has often played solo acoustic with a little slower tempo than 
the album version.  Find it on Youtube to hear the more subtle chord variations and turnarounds.

C/G (3x555x@1)                                   AmI (x02210@1)was born on this mountain a long time ago
C/G (3x555x@1)                        Dm (xx0231@1)       F (133211@1)             AmBefore (x02210@1)they knocked down the timber and strip-mined the coal
C/G (3x555x@1)                                      AmWhen (x02210@1)you rose in the mornin' before it was light
      C/G (3x555x@1)        Dm (xx0231@1)                          Am (x02210@1)  GTo (320003@1)go down in that dark hole and come back up at night

C/G (3x555x@1)                                     AmI (x02210@1)was born on this mountain, this mountain's my home
C/G (3x555x@1)            Dm (xx0231@1)          F (133211@1)       GShe (320003@1)holds me and keeps me from worry and woe
           C/G (3x555x@1)                                      AmWell, (x02210@1)they took everything that she gave, now they're gone
         C/G (3x555x@1)       Dm (xx0231@1)           F (133211@1)           C/GBut (3x555x@1)I'll die on this mountain, this mountain's my home

C/G (3x555x@1)                                     AmI (x02210@1)was young on this mountain but now I am old
      C/G (3x555x@1)      Dm (xx0231@1)          F (133211@1)           AmAnd (x02210@1)I knew every holler, every cool swimmin' hole
C/G (3x555x@1)                                    AmTill (x02210@1)one night I lay down and woke up to find
        C/G (3x555x@1)         Dm (xx0231@1)            F (133211@1)         Am (x02210@1) GThat (320003@1)my childhood was over and I went down in the mine

C/G (3x555x@1)                                       AmI (x02210@1)was born on this mountain, this mountain's my home
C/G (3x555x@1)            Dm (xx0231@1)          F (133211@1)       GShe (320003@1)holds me and keeps me from worry and woe
           C/G (3x555x@1)                                        AmWell, (x02210@1)they took everything that she gave, now they're gone
         C/G (3x555x@1)       Dm (xx0231@1)           F (133211@1)           C/GBut (3x555x@1)I'll die on this mountain, this mountain's my home

SOLO

C/G (3x555x@1)                                                  AmThere's (x02210@1)a hole in this mountain and it's dark and it's deep
    C/G (3x555x@1)    Dm (xx0231@1)          F (133211@1)        AmAnd (x02210@1)God only knows all the secrets it keeps
          C/G (3x555x@1)                            AmThere's (x02210@1)a chill in the air only miners can feel
         C/G (3x555x@1)         Dm (xx0231@1)             F (133211@1)     Am (x02210@1) 
   GThere're (320003@1)ghosts in the tunnels that the company sealed

C/G (3x555x@1)                                     AmI (x02210@1)was born on this mountain, this mountain's my home
C/G (3x555x@1)            Dm (xx0231@1)          F (133211@1)       GShe (320003@1)holds me and keeps me from worry and woe
           C/G (3x555x@1)                                      AmWell, (x02210@1)they took everything that she gave, now they're gone
         C/G (3x555x@1)       Dm (xx0231@1)           F (133211@1)           C/GBut (3x555x@1)I'll die on this mountain, this mountain's my home
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