No Ordinary Man Final

Bill Vaughan, Emory Lester, Mark Lysher, Chris Sexton, Mac Walter
Bill Vaughan


Tune was originally about another historic event, but decided on the Battle of Trenton.  Features Mark Lysher on bass, Emory Lester on mandolin, Chris Sexton on fiddle, Scott Taylor on drums and Mac Walter on guitar.


. No Ordinary Man


Intro: G        ||             G              

Verse 1: G                                                                                          Dm   

Outside the walls of Trenton fair, just across the Delaware

Am                        F                      G   

Some labored mightily to remember

G                                                                                                         Dm   

Some words to take them through the ice, into the place of low devise

Am                               F                                 G   

On fortunes borne on winds of cold December


Verse 2:

The sun had shown for all to see, from ramparts Washington and Lee

But now the weather’d turned to snow and rain

Some stopped to watch the rabbits run before the muzzle of a gun

Had silenced the most cynical refrain


Bridge1: Em                                                                                        A7

Rahl’s Hessians turned in for the night and slept in beds so warm and tight

           Dm                                                                         Bb

Content that they had noted every plan

Em                                                                   A7

No need to fear the common folk, waiting for some lucky stroke

Dm                              Dm  Dm                                        G

Just sitting there, like some ordinary man


Verse 3:

They crossed where only errands go, leaving traces in the snow

The cost was high, but currency no object

Outside the weather lowed and moaned as winter sought to claim its own

But inside they were warming to the subject


Verse 4:

Then something sounded in the squall, perhaps a frantic wakeup call

Echo’d down the streets of King and Queen

The sounding of the mission bell and all had gone extremely well

No exit strategy had been foreseen


Bridge 2:

But after some reflection, was proffered the suggestion

That they make a slight correction in the plan

He thought about it warily, but only momentarily, he was after all

No ordinary man


Solo over verse and bridge form


Verse 5:

He got up from the table he was only barely able to put

One foot past the other out the door

And shuffle off to Buffalo or any place the wind might blow

Cause any place was better than where he’s heading for



Verse 6:

Around the corner, down the road, a tempest wind began to blow

And blew nine hundred souls into the bucket

And so a Hessian lesson taught, the overwhelming train of thought:

If thy eye offend me well then pluck it


Bridge 3:

To think one day the world could change, beyond your scope, beyond your range

And who’s to say it wasn’t in the plan

A lowly bunch what played a hunch and beat ol’ Howie to the punch

Delivered by no ordinary man.


Bridge 4:

And for a final second, Pennsylvania beaconed

You’ve got to seize the moment when you can

The snow is swirling all around, the world is turning upside down

After all, that’s no ordinary man

G             F                                    G

That’s no ordinary man, that’s no ordinary man


Repeat and fade