HENNESSY RD – World Elephant Day

As it is World Elephant Day today I thought I would share this song I wrote back in 1987 after visiting Hong Kong and seeing the ivory on display in the antique shops of Hennessy Rd.  Hopefully I might finally get to record it soon but in the meantime here are the lyrics and chord sheet.

HENNESSY ROAD

Dm                                     F                         G

The jeep roars round a dusty bend          No conversation from the men

Bb                       C                              Dm

Who sit in back and nurse their guns like bruises

Dm                                F                                   G

We’re somewhere in savanna land        And here we are about to learn

Bb                     C                       Dm

What God creates man kills if he chooses

CHORUS

Bb                                F                            Gm7                   Dm

Here she thunders cut her down the rifles roar she hits the ground

C                         Dm                    C                    Dm

Soon she is a chess set  an ornate fan or mess set

C                          Bb Gm        C                Dm

A curio for the jet set    on Hennessy Road.

 

Bb-F-Gm- Bb-F-C

 

Dm                                  F                         G

The jeep is stopped nothing stirs     The men are tense they know the herd

Bb                                  C                         Dm

Is heading their way soon it will be pay-day

Dm                                      F                       G

The Chinese man pays very well       The men know that their wives will thrill

Bb                         C                           Dm

For money and for food to feed the family

F                          C                                       Bb         F              Am

Far away a tinkling bell  (two cymbal beats)– orders the mammoth killed

 

Bb                                F                            Gm7                   Dm

Here she thunders cut her down the rifles roar she hits the ground

C                         Dm                    C                    Dm

Soon she is a chess set  an ornate fan or mess set

C                          Bb Gm        C                Dm

A curio for the jet set    on Hennessy Road.

 

Bb-F-Gm- Bb-F-C x 2

 

Bb                        C             F                   Am         Am7

From Dubai to Tenerife these once mighty monoliths

Bb        C                          Dm

Now tip-toe daintly cross coffee-tables

Dm                                 F                                    C                                  Bb

God gave these noble beasts to man who shrunk them for his greedy hands

Gm7                           C          Am   Am7

God help man if his hide is ever prized

Bb             C             Dm

By those Hennessy eyes.

Chorus x 2

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