Ballad of a Lonely Man
This is an acoustic version that Ness often played often during radio station interviews
during his “Cheating At Solitaire” tour. My recording is from 2000, and if anyone wants
the mp3, just let me know. Capo the 1st fret, and this chord chart is 100% accurate.
The trick to playing this song acoustically is to capture Mike’s (very fast) version of
Johnny Cash’s “boom-chicka-chicka-boom-chicka-chicka” strum.
I have an acoustic recording of Ness doing this solo, (from 1999), and if anyone wants
the mp3, just let me know.
I'm young and I'm strong,
I've got this God forsaken world by the balls.
I've got a one-way ticket to freedom
Ain't no one now, gonna take it from me
I was a soldier, age twenty-one
In a war not sure what I was fighting for
And yet I turned from a boy to a man there
Goodbye to innocence, and a sweet sixteen
To get a smooth flow entering the chorus, walk down from G to Em:
Strum the G chord, then Pick 6th String 3rd Fret, then 6th String 2nd Fret, then strum
the Em chord.)
My whole life, I could not arrange
My wicked ways, I could never change
Don't try, don't try now, to understand
This is the ballad, of a lonely man
Close to me, is a photograph
Of a family left far, far behind
Ah, once I had love, it slipped away from
I searched a lifetime, but I could not find
In a hospital bed, I'm violently ill
Just one more drink nurse I swear to God
I've got my St. Anthony and my whiskey
Yes I'm a veteran of three foreign wars.
Play the chorus once, then, after “Don’t try, don’t try now, to understand.”
repeat last line of chorus three more times:
This is the ballad, of a lonely man,
This is ballad, of a lonely man,
This is the ballad, of a lone-ly man
G-D-G Finish with a hard strum on D.
As I said, if you want the mp3 of Ness playing this version,