My Dear Helen
The tuning I've seen him use is C# Standard, with a capo on the 1st fret, but you can just tune to D. Chords: G |320xxx| C/G |332xxx| E5 |022xxx| A5 |502xxx| C5 |334xxx| (Guitar Pro tells me it's a C5 but I don't think it actually is...) C |3320xx| Am/G |3322xx| D/A |554xxx| Strumming pattern is pretty straight forward. Not hard to figure it out if you find a video of him playing it. G C/G my dear Helen it's been a while since we've talked. E5 A5 Charlie and I haven't been up to a whole lot. C/G C5 he's slowing down a little and my knee's acting up, C Am/G yeah we're quite a pair of geezers moving slower than molasses. C/G D/A you'd be laughing if you saw us, you always loved to tease. G C/G I dug up an old bottle of your raspberry wine, E5 A5 so I'm slouched out on the porch-swing just taking my time. C/G C5 my mind keeps turning out these pictures of you, C Am/G you were dancing in the kitchen and I was enjoying my view. C/G D/A oh Charlie was squirming just two steps behind you. G C/G my dear Helen do you remember when you said E5 A5 that you'd be waiting at the gates so you could sneak me in? C/G C5 well it sure was funny but it still caught in my throat, C Am/G and when I think about it now, it still makes me choke. C/G D/A and I wonder if those gates would ever open up for me. G C/G Helen my dear, I do have something to tell. E5 A5 I don't know how to start so I guess I just will. C/G C5 see, these nights have been hot, it's that muggy sort of air. C Am/G doesn't let me get to sleep so I usually just lie there C/G D/A on top of my quilt with Charlie by my feet. G C/G last night as I laid there frustrated and tired, E5 A5 I was sat up in my bed by the hens starting wild. C/G C5 I thought, 'that fox is back again, he's gonna rob me blind. C Am/G I don't know how he gets in but I'd better make him fly'. C/G D/A so I took my leaning rifle out the door. G C/G I fired off a shot aiming far into the heat. E5 A5 and as soon as it was flying I felt weak in my knees. C/G C5 I heard shoes turning gravel and then tires spitting rocks. C Am/G I heard a gasp for air and my stomach tied in knots. C/G C5 Charlie started whining with his tail between his legs. C Am/G we wandered out slow but my heart was breakin' ribs. C/G C5 I couldn't hear nothing and there was a girl lying twisted, C Am/G my hands were trembling and I felt that she was limp. C/G C5 her pulse wasn't tapping so I felt sick to my stomach. C Am/G Charlie was frozen, so I went for a shovel C/G C5 and I buried her body, I didn't know what else to do. C Am/G if I'd only aimed a little higher if I'd only thought before I fired. C/G C5 I hope God can forgive me, I hope you forgive me too, C Am/G I'm just a tired old man just waiting to join you. C/G C5 so here I am slouched on this old porch swing, C Am/G thinking about heaven, thinking about everything. C/G C5 so be waiting by those gates, you might need to sneak me in, C Am/G I don't know how they feel about us accidental killers. C/G C5 I don't know how they feel about us tired old men. C Am/G I don't know how they feel about us tired, old, murdering men. C/G C5 C Am/G I don't know how they feel about us tired, old, murdering men.