Don't Take Your Guns To Town Uke tab by Johnny Cash

4 Chords used in the song: C,G7,F,C7

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A A (C C)young cow(G7 G7)boy named (C C)Billy Joe grew (G7 G7)restless on the (C C)farm
A A boy (G7 G7)filled with (C C)wonderlust who (G7 G7)really meant no (C C)harm
He (F F)changed his (C7 C7)clothes and (F F)shined his boots and combed his dark hair down
And his (C C)mother (G7 G7)cried as (C C)he walked out

Don't (F F)take your guns to (C C)town son
(F F)Leave your guns at (C C)home Bill
Don't (F F)take your guns to (C C)town

He (C C)laughed and (G7 G7)kissed his (C C)mom and said 'your (G7 G7)Billy Joe's a (C C)man'
I can (G7 G7)shoot as (C C)quick and straight as (G7 G7)anybody (C C)can
But I (F F)wouldn't (C7 C7)shoot with(F F)out a cause I'd gun nobody down
But she (C C)cried a(G7 G7)gain as he (C C)rode away


He (C C)sang a (G7 G7)song as (C C)on he rode his (G7 G7)guns hung at his (C C)hips
He rode in(G7 G7)to a (C C)cattle town a (G7 G7)smile upon his (C C)lips
He (F F)stopped and (C7 C7)walked in(F F)to a bar, and laid his money down
But his (C C)mother's (G7 G7)words echo(C C)ed again


He (C C)drank his (G7 G7)first strong li(C C)quor then to (G7 G7)calm his shaking (C C)hand
And tried to (G7 G7)tell him(C C)self he (G7 G7)had become a (C C)man
A A (F F)dusty (C7 C7)cowpoke (F F)at his side began to laugh him down
And he (C C)heard a(G7 G7)gain his (C C)mother's words


(C C)Filled with (G7 G7)rage then (C C)Billy Joe reached (G7 G7)for his gun to (C C)draw
But the stranger (G7 G7)drew his (C C)gun and fired be(G7 G7)fore he even (C C)saw
As (F F)Billy (C7 C7)Joe fell (F F)to the floor the crowd all gathered 'round
And (C C)wondered (G7 G7)at his (C C)final words



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About this song

"Don't Take Your Guns to Town" is a 1958 single by Johnny Cash. The song tells the story of a young cowboy who, ignoring the titular advice from his mother, gets into a gunfight at a saloon and is killed. The single became his fifth release to reach the number one position on the country chart, where it stayed for six weeks. "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" was also a crossover hit peaking at number thirty-two on the pop chart.