The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #17569   Message #1798364
31-Jul-06 - 10:22 PM
Thread Name: Chords Req: Cocaine Blues (from Dave Van Ronk)
Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: COCAINE BLUES (from Johnny Cash)
As recorded by Johnny Cash on "At Folsom Prison" (1968)

1. [C] Early one mornin' while makin' the rounds,
I took a shot of cocaine and I [G] shot my woman down.
I went right home and I went to bed.
I stuck that [C] lovin' forty-four be-[G]-neath my [C] head.

2. [C] Got up next mornin' and I grabbed that gun,
Took a shot of cocaine and a-[G]-way I run,
Made a good run but I run too slow.
They [C] overtook me down in Juar-[G]-ez Mexi-[C]-co.

3. Laid in the hop joints takin' the pill.
In walked the sheriff from Jericho Hill.
He said: "Willie Lee, your name is not Jack Brown.
You're the dirty hack that shot your woman down."

4. "Yes, oh, yes, my name is Willie Lee.
If you've got a warrant just read it to me.
Shot her down because she made me slow.
I thought I was her daddy but she had five more."

5. When I was arrested I was dressed in black.
They put me on a train and they took me back.
Had no friend for to go my bail.
They slapped my dried-up carcass in that county jail.

6. Early next mornin' 'bout a half past nine,
I spied the sheriff comin' down the line.
He hocked and he coughed as he cleared his throat.
He said: "Come on, you dirty hack, into that district court."

7. Into the courtroom my trial began,
Where I was handled by twelve honest men.
Just before the jury started out,
I saw that little judge commence to look about.

8. In about five minutes in walked a man
Holding the verdict in his right hand.
The verdict read: "In the first degree."
I hollered: "Lordy, Lordy, have mercy on me!"

9. The judge he smiled as he picked up his pen.
Ninety-nine years in the Folsom pen.
Ninety-nine years underneath that ground.
I can't forget the day I shot that bad bitch down.

CODA: Come on; you gotta listen unto me:
Lay off that whiskey and let that cocaine be.