Chillicothe Rain by Roger Alan Wade: Chords and Lyrics

“Chillicothe Rain” by Roger Alan Wade

It seems like it was a few months ago. I was returning to Louisiana from my tour in the Rio Grande Valley and was listening to Outlaw Country on Sirius Satellite in my Toyota RAV and to the Big Ass Happy Family Jubilee (Always a great program!) when Roger Alan Wade did this song that has haunted me since I heard it. I consider it one of the best songs I’ve ever heard, with its unforgettable imagery and strong lyrics. I’ve been eagerly waiting for it to be released and it was included on his new album, Southbound Train. I’m ordering the whole CD as I like every song on it.  You can get this song “Chillicothe Rain” or the whole CD on iTunes or Amazon or from his Myspace page (here). I’ve listened and transcribed the lyrics. If I’ve made any mistakes, please email me or leave a comment.

“Chillicothe Rain”

D
Low down in Ohio
From the day that he was born
G
Charlie hit that hard road
D
Rolling like a thunderstorm
Trouble as his shadow
Larceny in his blood
G
They slapped him in the castle
D
For lighting up some peckerwood,
G
He got 11-29 the first time
D
Rode it out like train
Walked down to the bus line
A       D
Through the Chillicothe rain

 

D/CVariation/Bm/A
CHORUS:
G
Some people stay in hell
D
Just because they know the names of the streets
Some lay their soul on the anvil
A
And on the hammer, hell that’s me,
D
Sorry for the trouble
G
The worry and the pain
D
Sorry I never had the sense to get out of
A       D
the Chillicothe rain

 

He hung around them pool halls
Like to never found a job
Finally started bouncing for some dude
Connected to the Steubenville mob
Fell hard for a dancer
She took him for a ride
She could have cleared him with her answer
She got on the stand and lied
He got ten years with good behavior
Ten years and the mark of Cain
The guard hollered
See you later, through the hard Chillicothe rain.
REPEAT CHORUS:

Charlie stayed clear of trouble
For a year he walked that line
Trying to rebuild from the rubble
And set things straight in his mind
One night he got a phone call
Said, Mama, I’ll be right back.
She’d just killed the porch light
When she heard sirens down by the track
The score he swore he’d settle
Got him more than a ball and chain
Got him the Lord’s prayer and Satan’s chair
In the Chillicothe rain.
CHORUS: (Variation)
Some people stay in hell
Just because they know the name of the streets
Some lay their soul on the anvil
And on the hammer, hell that’s me
My storm will be over
When they run lightning through my brain
By the time you read this
I’ll be a lily white mist
In the Chillicothe rain.
By the time you read this
I’ll be a lily white mist
In the Chillicothe rain.

One thought on “Chillicothe Rain by Roger Alan Wade: Chords and Lyrics

  1. Thanks for posting this. This song hits me hard. I agree it is one of the best songs going. Not sure I can describe why. I also first heard it on Outlaw Country (up here in Boston) and had to download the CD. I was searching for lyrics because I want to play it myself. I know I’ll never make it sound as good as Roger Alan Wade.

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