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Tom T. Hall - Hitchhiker (Chord)
Album: I Witness Life/100 Children (1992)
Submitter: lmofle (295) on 9/1/21
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Hitchhiker
By Tom T. Hall
Written by Tom T. Hall
Album: 100 Children (1971)
Tabbed by Larry Mofle
8/30/21

 
  G                 C        G
I don't know why it is every time I take a trip
     D                                 G
It's always rainin' somewhere down the line
G               C               G
This particular night it was in Prestonsburg Kentucky
  C                 D             G
I stopped to give a country boy a ride


I saw him runnin' toward the car he carried an old suitcase
A cigarette was dangling from his lips
He threw the suitcase in the back and as he got inside
He said "I'm sorry but I'm awful wet"


I said where are you headed kid and he said to Louisville
Said he had an uncle there who ran a store
Said his daddy died three weeks ago and they didn't own the place
And they said he couldn't live there anymore


Key Change to G#
G#          C#                 G#
He said his education was that he could read and write
D#                                  G#
He quit school the time his dad got hurt
      G#              C#                            G#
Ain't much goes on in Prestonsburg when he was seventeen
       C#            D#                 G#
And he had to go someplace to find some work

He talked about the girl whose father had a lotta money
He said he'd send and get her if he could
His daddy taught him all there was about tobacco farmin'
And he said he played the banjo pretty good

We stopped to get a sandwich and the waitress brought the menu
And I noticed that he read the prices first
He ordered him a hotdog with a lot of table ketchup
And water seemed to satisfy his thirst


Change Key to A
A                        D          A
Well it took a while but I insisted that I pay the ticket
E                                  A
Excused myself and went out to the car
A               D                     A
He came out and got in the car and he handed me a quarter
   D                  E             A
He said you left this layin' on the bar

I dropped him off in Lexington and drove down to Bowling Green
And I thought boy you'll never make without help
And then I got to thinkin' about the days when I was younger
And I started out the same darn way myself

  G                 C        G
I don't know why it is every time I take a trip
     D                                 G 
It's always rainin' somewhere down the line
 
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