Cocaine Blues Uke tab by Johnny Cash

6 Chords used in the song: C,G,G7,C7,F,D

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Cocaine Blues               

C C
Early one morning while makin' the rounds,
G G
I took a shot of cocaine and I shot my woman down,
G7 G7
I went right home and I went to bed,
C C G G C C
I stuck a lovin' forty-four beneath my head.

C C
Got up next morning and I grabbed that gun,
G G
I took a shot of cocaine and away I run,
G7 G7
made a good run but I run too slow,
C C G G C C
they overtook me down in Juarez Mexico.

C C
Late n the hot joint takin' the pill,
G G
In walked the sheriff from Jericho Hill.
G7 G7
He said, “Willy Lee your name is not Jack Brown, C G C
you're the dirty hack that shot your woman down”.

C C
Oh yes, o yes, my name's is Billy Lee,
G G
if you've got a warrant just a - read it to me,
G7 G7
I shot her down because she made me sore,
C C G G C C
I thought I was her daddy but she had five more.
C C
When I was arrested I was dressed in black,
G G
they put me on a train and they took me back,
G7 G7
had no friend for to go my bail,
C C G G C C
they stuck my dried-up carcass in the county jail.

C C
Early next morning 'bout at half past nine,
G G
I saw the sheriff comin' down the line,
G7 G7
that sheriff yelled as he cleared his throat,
C C G G C C
he said, “Come on you dirty hack into the district court.
C C
Into the courtroom my trial began,
G G
where I was handled by twelve honest men.
G7 G7
Just before the jury started out,
C C G G C C
I saw that little judge commence to look about.

C C
In about five minutes in walked a man,
G G
holding the verdict in his right hand,
G7 G7
the verdict read “In the first degree”,
C C G G C C
I hollered Lordy Lordy, have mercy on me.

C C
The judge he smiled as he picked up his pen,
G G
ninety-nine years in the Folsom Penn,
G7 G7
ninety-nine years underneath that ground,
C C G G C C
I can't forget that day I shot that bad bitch down.

C7 C7 F F
Come on you gotta listen on to me,
D D G G C C
stay off that whiskey and let that cocaine be.

 

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