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I Got Stripes

Johnny Cash

 

Here are some strumming tips for this song.

 

Want to see this chart performed live? Here's Wesley performing "I Got Stripes at a Coffee Shop Jam:


 

 

Each chord gets two measures unless otherwise noted.

 

Chord Guide

       123

A:   x02220

       2 1

E7:   020100

       32 1

C:    x32010

      3    4

G:    3x0003

 

Strum: B   D   D U D U

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

          A                     E7

On a Monday I was arrested (Uh-huh)

          E7                                   A

On a Tuesday they locked me in jail (poor boy)

           A                                   E7

On a Wednesday my trial was attested

                  E7 (3)                                                        A (1)

And on a Thursday they said guilty as the judge's gavel fell

 

Chorus:

           A                                     E7

I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders

             E7                               A

I got chains, chains around my feet

            A                                    E7

I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders

                   E7 (3)                                                     A (1)

And them chains them chains they're ‘bout to drag me down

 

           A                                 E7

On a Monday I got my striped britches

            E7                                   A

On a Tuesday I got my ball and chain

          A                                          E7

On a Wednesday I'm workin' diggin' ditches

            E7 (3)                                                                A (1)

On a Thursday lord I begged 'em not to knock me down again

 

Chorus

 

/ C - - - / - - - - / - - - - / - - - - /

 

          C                                        G

On a Monday my momma came to see me

           G                                         C

On a Tuesday they caught me with a file

           C                                   G

On a Wednesday I’m down in solitary

          G (3)                                                     C (1)

On a Thursday I start on bread and water for a while

 

Final Chorus:

            C                                    G

I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders

           G                                  C

I got chains, chains around my feet

            C                                    G

I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders

                  G (3, ritard)                                                C (hold) 

And them chains them chains they're ‘bout to drag me down

 


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.