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Drive-By Truckers - Cottonseed (Chord)
Submitter: lmofle (259) on 4/22/05 3 comments
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By Drive-by Truckers
Tabbed By Larry Mofle
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Capo 3  Drop D Tuning

You can hear a walkdown on the last line as well and it is like this
While staying in the G chord shape:


  A                                  G               D
I came to tell my story to all these young and eager minds
   G                                                      A
To look in their unspoiled faces and their curious bright eyes
A                                G                 D 
Stories of corruption, crime and killing, yes it's true
G                                                        A
Greed and fixed elections, guns and drugs and w***es and booze

It's been a while since I put on a suit of my own clothes
And even longer since I cast my shadow on a church house door
They say every sin is deadly but I believe they may be wrong
I'm guilty of all seven and I don't feel too bad at all

I used to have a wad of hundred dollar bills in the back pocket of my suit
         G                                           A      
I had a .45 underneath my coat and another one in my boot
I drove a big ole Cadillac, bought a new one anytime I pleased
      G                                                    A  
And I put more lawmen in the ground than Alabama put cottonseed

I spent a few years on vacation, sanctioned by the state I mentioned
But a man like me don't do no time too hard to come back from
The meanest of the mean, I see you lock away and toss the key
But they're all just loud mouth punks to me, I've scraped meaner off my shoe

Bridge 2:
Somewhere, I ain't saying, there's a hole that holds a judge
The last one that I dug myself and I must admit I was 
Sad to lay him in it, but I did the best I could
Once his Honor grows a conscience, well folks, that there just ain't no good

Bridge 3:
                 G                                           A 
There's a pretty girl out there said "Daddy, you stay cool tonight
G                                                     A
All I need from you is to come home and be here by my side
    G                                                 A  
Say what you gotta say to shut their Bibles and their mouths
        G            G/G#                  G/G              A 
If they was to tie a noose, they'd have to lay their Bibles down"

I ain't here to save no souls and even if I could
I could never save enough to put back half the ones I took
So if they rest in torment you can't say it's cause of me
They'd long been bought and paid for like that fool's in Tennessee

Bridge 3
 Comments (click here to add a non-facebook comment)
Im not a real good tabbber so i hate to criticize, but ive talked to everyone of the truckers and Cooley, who wrote this song, Hood and Isbell and Shauna Tucker all play standard tuning, one full step down.
-judson81 | 5/31/2005
neither do i have too great an ear, but whenever i tried to figure out some truckers songs i decided that they must play all their stuff a step down.
-littledude | 8/31/2005
truckers tune a step down all the time.
If you want to play these songs in any efficient manner live, i suggest getting a second guitar tuned town for these.

I'm not saying that I'm right on this, but I THINK - if you stay on stardard E tuning capo 3 the progression should be Am hammering and pulling on the B string for the accents to C to G (havent worked on the bridge)
this sounds right to me but I'm going by memory as I cant find my cd.

one step down no capo the chords are Dm (again accent the high E string with hammers and pulls) to F to C.

-Dragna | 6/11/2008
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