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Highway Patrolman

Bruce Springsteen


Intro:

/ D - - - / - - - - /

 

D                                 G                    D

My name is Joe Roberts I work for the state

D                                                                         Asus2
I'm a sergeant out of Perrineville barracks number 8

D                                       G                    D
I always done an honest job as honest as I could

D                                 A                                      D
I got a brother named Frankie and Frankie ain't no good

D                                                      G                             D
Now ever since we was young kids it's been the same come down

D                                                                        A
I get a call on the shortwave - Frankie's in trouble downtown

D                                         G                          D
Well if it was any other man, I'd put him straight away

D                         A                                                     D
But when it's your brother sometimes you look the other way

       G                                          D
Yeah me and Frankie laughin' and drinkin'

                     G                            D
Nothin' feels better than blood on blood

          G                        D
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band

                                              A
Played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"

D                                          G                       D
I catch him when he's strayin' like any brother would

D                                     A                                      D
Man turns his back on his family well he just ain't no good

         D                                            G   D
Well Frankie went in the army back in 1965

D                                                                                 A                      
I got a farm deferment, settled down, took Maria for my wife

      D                                                                G        
But them wheat prices kept on droppin' till it was like we were gettin'
D

Robbed

D                                 A                                 D
Frankie came home in `68, and me, I took this job

G                                   D
Yeah we're laughin' and drinkin'

G                                                   D
Nothin' feels better than blood on blood

          G                          D
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band

                                                A
Played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"

D                                          G                                       D
I catch him when he's strayin' teach him how to walk that line

D                                     A                                      D
Man turns his back on his family he ain't no friend of mine

              D                                             G                            D
Well the night was like any other, I got a call `bout quarter to nine

D                                                                             A
There was trouble in a roadhouse out on the Michigan line

                   D                                             G
There was a kid lyin' on the floor lookin' bad bleedin' hard from his

D

Head

                   D                   A                                       D                    
There was a girl cry'n' at a table and it was Frank, they said
        D                                                G                  D
Well I went out and I jumped in my car and I hit the lights

           D                 
Well I musta done one hundred and ten through Michigan county that

A

night
           D                               G

It was out at the crossroads, down `round Willow Bank

          D                  A                                              D

‘S in a Buick with Ohio plates. Behind the wheel was Frank

 

           D
Well I chased him through them county roads

         G                                    D
Till a sign said "Canadian border five miles from here"

D                                         A            
I pulled over the side of the highway and watched his tail-lights

          D

disappear

G                                            D
Me and Frankie laughin' and drinkin'

                    G                              D
Nothin' feels better than blood on blood

          G                          D
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band

                                                 A
Played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"

 

D                                          G                       D
I catch him when he's strayin' like any brother would

D                                     A                                      D
Man turns his back on his family well he just ain't no good


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.