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Sam Stone Chords
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Sam Stone Chords And Lyrics Page

My free Sam Stone chords and lyrics sheet is available for you below in pdf format along with some rhythm tips, free lyrics and a free acoustic guitar demo on how I play this song.

Sam Stone Chords
Demo Lyrics & Pdf

Sam Stone appeared on the 1971 debut album by John Prine and addresses the addiction issue that seems to consume many war veterans after returning from a war environment. This song is mainly addressing heroin addiction. 

The rhythm pattern you'll want here is a root down up root up down up and then just carry it through the song.

Sam Stone chords you'll need are:

  • D
  • A7
  • G
  • Em
  • E7
  • Bm

I've added a short picking break in this to give it a little breathing room and playing with a capo on the 3rd fret.


Sam Stone Song
Free Sam Stone Chords & Lyrics Sheet
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Sam Stone  - John Prine Live


Sam Stone Lyrics

Sam Stone came home - to his wife and family
After serving in the conflict overseas
And the time that he served - Had shattered all his nerves
And left a little shrapnel in his knee
But the morphine eased the pain - And the grass grew round his brain
And gave him all the confidence he lacked
With a Purple Heart and a monkey on his back

There's a hole in daddy's arm - where all the money goes
Jesus Christ - died for nothin' I suppose
Little pitchers have big ears - Don't stop to count the years
Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios --- Mmm....

Sam Stone's welcome home - didn't last too long
He went to work when he'd spent his last dime
And Sammy took to stealing - When he got that empty feeling
For a hundred dollar habit - without overtime
And the gold rolled through his veins - like a thousand railroad trains
And eased his mind in the hours that he chose
While the kids ran around wearin' other people's clothes

There's a hole in daddy's arm - where all the money goes
Jesus Christ - died for nothin' I suppose
Little pitchers have big ears - Don't stop to count the years
Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios --- Mmm....

Sam Stone was alone - when he popped his last balloon
Climbing walls while sitting in a chair
Well, he played his last request - while the room smelled just like death
With an overdose hovering in the air
But life had lost its fun - And there was nothing to be done
But trade his house that he bought on the G. I. Bill
For a flag draped casket on a local heroes' hill

There's a hole in daddy's arm - where all the money goes
Jesus Christ - died for nothin' I suppose
Little pitchers have big ears - Don't stop to count the years
Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios --- Mmm....

It's always interesting to me listening to the song-writer explain how it came about as John mentioned Iris Dement above.

This page showed you the Sam Stone chords I use along with a tip and the lyrics to the song and my demo. I hope you found it helpful.

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