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Transcribed by: asf0@comcast.net  Alice Franceschini
Date: May 1, 1999
Album:
Written by:
Note:  This song is in the key of Eb.  Putting a capo on the first
Fret and playing these chords is in the key of Eb.  If you remove
The capo and play these chords you will be in the key of D.

THE GREATEST      Kenny Rogers

D                  
Little boy in a baseball hat
A                             G        D
Stands in the field with his ball and bat
D
"I am the greatest player of them all"
A                                  G            D
Puts his bat on his shoulder and tosses up the ball

CHORUS I:
     A
The ball goes up and the ball comes down
  G
Swings his bat al the way around
      A
The world's so still you can hear the sound
      G                     D
The baseball falls to the ground


D
Now the little boy doesn't say a word
A                       G     D
Picks up his ball he's un-deterred. 
D
Says "I am the greatest there's ever been"
A                        G        D
Grits his teeth and he tries it again

Go to chorus I:
Bm                        G
He makes no excuses, He show no fear
          D                   A
He just closes his eyes and listens to the cheers
D
Little boy adjusts his hat
      A             G            D
Picks up his ball stares at the bat
D
Says "I am the greatest. The game is on the line."
A                     G         D 
And he gives his all one last time

Go to chorus II

CHORUS II:
     A
The ball goes up like the moon so bright
G
Swings his bat with all his might
A
The world's so still still as can be
G                                      D
The baseball falls and that's strike three
D
Now it's supper time and his momma calls
A                                G       D
Little boy starts home with his bat and ball
D
"I am the greatest that is a fact
A                            G          D
Even I didn't know I could pitch like that"
D
Says "I am the greatest that is understood
A                            G          D
Even I didn't know I could pitch that good.


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