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David Allan Coe - If That Ain't Country (Chord)
Album: Rides Again (1977)
Submitter: matellmon (0) on 2/21/02 11 comments
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If That Ain't Country
by David Allan Coe

tabbed by Matellmon


    D                                             G   
THE OLD MAN WAS COVERED WITH TATOOS AND SCARS, HE GOT SOME IN PRISON AND SOME IN THE BARS.
    A                                           D   
THE REST HE GOT WORKIN' ON OLD JUNK CARS IN THE DAY TIME.
     D
THEY LOOKED LIKE TOMBSTONES IN OUR YARD
      G                      A                D  
AND I NEVER SEEN HIM WHEN HE WASN'T TIRED AND MEAN.


   D                                  G
HE SOLD USED PARTS TO MAKE ENDS MEET, COVERED WITH GREASE FROM HIS HEAD TO HIS FEET,
A                                           D
CUSSIN' THE SUN AND THE TEXAS HEAT, AND THE SKEETERS.
        D 
AND THE NEIGHBORS SAY WE LIVE LIKE HICKS,
         G                    A         D  
BUT THEY BRING THEIR CARS FOR PA TO FIX ANYHOW.


       D                                   G
HE WAS VET'RIN PROUD, TRIED AND TRUE, HE'D FIGHT TILL HIS HEART WAS BLACK AND BLUE,
A                                         D 
DIDN'T KNOW HOW HE'D MAKE IT THROUGH, THE HARD TIMES.
D
BOUGHT OUR HOUSE ON THE G.I. BILL, 
       G                   A              D
BUT IT WASN'T WORTH ALL HE HAD TO KILL TO GET IT.


         D                                      G
HE DRANK PEARL IN A CAN AND JACK DANIELS BLACK, CHEWED TOBACCO FROM A MAIL-POUCH SACK,
A                                          D   
HAD AN OLD DOG THAT WAS TRAINED TO ATTACK, SOMETIMES.
D
HE'D GET DRUNK AND MEAN AS A RATTLESNAKE, 
          G                    A                     D 
AND THERE WASN'T TOO MUCH THAT HE WOULD TAKE, FROM A STRANGER.


          G             A              D                            G
THERE WAS 13 KIDS AND A BUNCH OF DOGS, HOUSE FULL OF CHICKENS AND A YARD FULL OF HOGS,
A                    G                       D  
SPENT THE SUMMERTIME CUTTIN' UP LOGS FOR THE WINTER.
G                        A                  D                            G
TRYIN' LIKE THE DEVIL TO FIND THE LORD, AND WORKIN' LIKE A N****R FOR MY ROOM AND BOARD,
A                                                                             D 
COAL BURNIN' STOVE, NO NATURAL GAS, AND IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, I'LL KISS YOUR ASS.


D             G                          D   
IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, IT'LL HAIRLIP THE POPE,
              G    A                    D
IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, IT'S A DAMN GOOD JOKE.
              G          A        D            G 
I'VE SEEN THE GRAND 'OLE OPRY AND I MET JOHNNY CASH,
                  A                       D
AND IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, I'LL KISS YOUR ASS.


      D                                        G
WELL, MOMMA SOLD EGGS AT THE GROCERY STORE, MY OLDEST SISTER WAS A FIRST-RATE W***E,
A                                             D
DAD SAYS SHE CAN'T COME HOME ANY MORE, AND HE MEANS IT.
D
MA JUST SITS AND KEEPS HER SILENCE
G                      A                        D
SISTER SHE LEFT 'CAUSE DAD GOT VIOLENT, AND SHE KNOWS IT.


D                                          G  
MOMMA SHE'S OLD, FAR BEYOND HER TIME, FROM CHOPPIN' TOBACCO
                          A                                                      D  
AND I SEEN HER CRYIN WHEN BLOOD STARTED FLOWIN' FROM HER CALLOUSED HANDS, AND IT HURT ME.
D
BUT SHE'D JUST KEEP WORKIN' TRYIN' TO HELP THE OLD MAN, 
         G                  A               D 
FROM THE END OF ONE ROW AND BACK AGAIN,LIKE ALWAYS.


      D                                                         G
SHE'D BEEN THROUGH HELL SINCE JUNIOR WENT TO JAIL, AND WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT SHE AIN'T NEVER FAILED,
   A                                          D  
TO GET DOWN ON HER KNEES AND PRAY, 'CAUSE SHE LOVES HIM.
D
SHE TOLD ALL THE NEIGHBORS HE WAS OFF IN THE WAR,
G                          A                           D 
FIGHTIN' FOR FREEDOM, HE'S GOOD TO THE CORE, AND SHE'S PROUD.


D                                                 G 
OUR PLACE WAS A GRAVEYARD FOR AUTOMOBILES, AT THE END OF THE PORCH WERE 4 STACKS OF WHEELS,
    A                                   D
AND TIRES FOR SALE FOR A DOLLAR OR TWO, CASH.
 

          G                 A
THERE WERE 50 HOLES IN THAT OLD TIN ROOF.
D                    G 
ME AND MY FAMILY WAS LIVIN' PROOF,
   A
OF PEOPLE WHO FORGOT ABOUT POOR WHITE TRASH
                                         D
AND IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY I'LL KISS YOUR ASS.


D             G                          D   
IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, IT'LL HAIRLIP THE POPE,
              G    A                    D
IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, IT'S A DAMN GOOD JOKE.
              G          A        D            G 
I'VE SEEN THE GRAND 'OLE OPRY AND I MET JOHNNY CASH,
                  A                       D
AND IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, I'LL KISS YOUR ASS.
 
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This song is hilarious but describes the truth of the redneck. Thank you for transcribing this chord.
-Dobbs8990 | 7/27/2004
amen Dobbs
-phillyhaad | 8/25/2004
If anyone has been wondering how the last part of the song goes, here it is:
"Tonight I'm thinking of my Blue Eyes
Concerning a great speckled bird
I didn't know God made honky-tonk angels
And went back to the wild side of life"

This is a ode to 3 old songs that have the exact same melody: The Carter Family's "Tonight I'm thinking of my Blue Eyes", Roy Acuff's "The Great Speckled Bird", and Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life"
-DeweyWayne | 5/8/2005
I was wondering what the last verse was about thanks
-joadbug | 7/12/2005
it is also a tribute to ms kitty wells' song honky tonk angels.


-jackelope509 | 8/11/2005
its not a tribute! people like kitty wells said he wasn't country and that he shouldnt be on the radio or the opry. this whole song is about DAC telling everybody that he's more country than anybody else. when he throws all those songs together at the end he is mocking them not tributing them!
-eflow116 | 11/11/2005
also DAC plays w/ the capo on the 3rd and plays G C D
-eflow116 | 11/11/2005
Yes, the song is in the key of Bb played in the G position with a capo on the 3rd fret. Also, the meaning of the song can not be fully understood or appreciated without listening to the entire album in which it first was released on, "David Allan Coe Rides Again". "Rides Again" is a concept album that starts with "Willie, Waylon and me" aligning himself with the outlaw movement and then moving through songs that are musically tied together and exploring all aspects of country music of the time and of the past generation. He parody's himself and many others throughout with the final song, "If that ain't country..." tying everything together and summing up everything that was played on the album. In my opinion Coe is one of the greats and it is too bad that his work is not very understood but I guess that is, in large part, his own fault. He is truly a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
-BrianEarlHaines | 5/17/2008
These are not the right chords at all.
-Rsin28 | 8/30/2010
one of my favourite songs! thanks!
-eaglehans | 12/9/2010
BrianEarlHaines couldn't be more right about DAC, Rides Again is the American Abbey Road
-dapperbandit | 12/2/2013
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