From the recording Ride the Open Road

Lyrics

Whatever Happened to Tyjai?

D Em
He grew up in the southwest part of town
A D
He never knew any other way
Em
Mom raised him all by herself
A D
His dad was never there for a day

D Em
Things were tough most all the time
A D
But he didn’t seem to mind at all
Em
He went to school now and again
A D
But mostly he was just out playin’ ball

D Em
No one was better on the court
A D
His dream was to play in the NBA
Em
That was his ticket out of town
A D
He didn’t see any other way


(Chorus)
A D
Whatever happened to Tajai?
A D
He was the best you’d ever see
A D
Whatever happened to Tajai?
Em A D
His dreams died so quietly

D Em
Mom lost her job once again
A D
There was no food on the table at home
Em
He needed to help her out
A D
He left the house all alone
D Em
He started walking uptown
A D
On a cold and windy night
Em
His hood was on top of his head
A D
His eyes were down and his hands out of sight

D Em
The cop yelled at him to turn around
A D
But he kept walking down the street
Em
He never saw it coming
A D
He just fell to the cold concrete


A D
Whatever happened to Tajai?
A D
He was the best you’d ever see
A A
Whatever happened to Tajai?
Em A D
He died so quietly