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About Otis Gibbs

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[Verse]~
C          Am       F
He was almost blind

                               C
They say it happens when you've been punched to many times

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His hands were stone

                     C
He was a bare-knuckle champion in an earlier life

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It was hard not to stare

                C
At his busted up nose and cauliflower ears

        Am          F
And he'd smile at me

                    C                        G
And say the toughest fighters have their souvenirs


[Chorus]~
F
How to carry on

        C
When the hardest punch is thrown

F                                 C
And take away the burden from our shoulders


[Verse]~
        Am        F
He lived next door

                          C
He'd sometimes get with my father and talk about life

           Am       F
And sit on the porch

                 C
Drinkin' beer and remembering happier times

           Am    F
And I was a child

                 C
And I was far too young to ever understand

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What it meant to have a son

                      C              G
Who'd been drafted and killed in Vietnam


[Chorus]~
F
How to carry on

        C
When the hardest punch is thrown

F                                 C
And take away the burden from our shoulders


[Verse]~
             Am  F
My father and I

                 C
Tried to keep him company so his mind could rest

           Am     F
On Saturday nights

                    C
We'd huddle 'round a black and white TV set

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And we all stood and cheered

                    C
When Ali knocked out Foreman that night in Zaire

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And later that night

                  C                         G
My father held his hand as he broke down and cried


[Chorus]~
F
How to carry on

        C
When the hardest punch is thrown

F                                 C
And take away the burden from our shoulders


[Verse]~
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And there stands a wall

               C
In the clearing across from the national mall

                 Am    F
It's crowded with names

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Of the thousands of children that never came home

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I stood in the rain

                  C
Watching dozens of mourners stumbling by

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When I saw his name

                       C
I felt the ghost of our fathers kneeling at my side

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