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Fifty Miles of Elbow Room

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Fifty Miles of Elbow Room

Fifty Miles of Elbow Room
(F.W. McGee)
     G             C
Twelve hundred miles, its length and breadth
     G        D7    G
That four-square city stands
               C
It's gem-set walls of jasper shine

G    D7   G
They're not made by human hands
     C         G
One hundred miles its gates are wide
    C               G
Abundant entrance there
     C        G        Em
With fifty miles of elbow room
       G      D7        G
On either side to spare.

(Chorus)
  G
When the gates swing wide on the other side
       C           G
Just beyond the sunset sea
There'll be room to spare as we enter there
                      D7
There'll be room for you and room for me
        G
For the gates are wide on the other side

C         G
Where the fairest flowers bloom
        C             G  Em
On the right hand and on the left hand
     G    D7   G
Fifty miles of elbow room.

     G
Sometimes I'm cramped and I'm crowded here
     D7        G
And I long for elbow room
I long to reach for altitude
            D7      G
Where the fairest flowers bloom
     C               G        C
G
It won't be long before I pass into that city fair
         C
G       Em
With fifty miles of elbow room
       G       D7        G
On either side to spare.

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