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Pulaski

Drive-By Truckers

 

Originally tuned a whole step down and capo’d on the 5th fret, this can also be played in standard tuning, Capo 3.

 

Chord Guide

         132

D:    xx0232

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       13421

Bm:   x24432

        123

A:    x02220

 

           >       >

Strum: B   D   D U D U    > = Accent

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

Intro (Instrumental Verse): 

/ D - - - / G - - - / D - - - / - - - - /

/ D - - - / G - - - / D - - - / - - - - /

/ Bm - - - / G - - - /  D - - - / - - - - /

/ G - - - / A - - - / D - - - / - - - - /

 

                D   G               D (2)

She was fresh      out of college

                   D         G           D (2)

The first one in her family to go

             Bm  G                       D (2)

and California    seemed like heaven,

               G          A              D (2)

Pulaski, Tennessee   was her home

 

Repeat Intro

 

                        D    G                      D (2)

She worked on losing her southern accent

                         D   G                        D (2)

and turned her back on her Baptist ways

                             Bm  G                      D (2)

She bought some clothes   that barely covered

                         G                    A                                  D (2)

her fair-skinned body, went to Nashville and caught a plane

 

Chorus 1:

                 G (2)                 D (2)

Well the clouds rushed beneath her

          Bm (2)                  A (2)

as the LA smog filled the air

                G (2)                           D                  Bm

And she smiled when the airlock opened

           G                A                     D (2)

The Pacific breeze blew through her hair

 

Repeat Intro

 

D    G                 D (2)

She thought about the boys from Alabama

D    G                 D (2)

Who came into town every Friday night

Bm  G                     D (2)

and drank beer out of big glass quart bottles

G          A              D (2)

and left their trail of blood and tears behind

 

Chorus 2:

                            G (2)                                  D (2)

She thought the men in California would be different

            Bm (2)                                      A (2)

She'd grown up watching them on her TV

              G (2)                                    D      Bm

But the men she came to know in California

             G                   A               D (2)

Left her longing for Pulaski, Tennessee

 

Repeat Intro

 

Bridge:

   Bm     (2)                            A (2)

Good ideas always start with a full glass

                G                          D                       A (2)

and just breathing here can make a girl's nose bleed

    G (2)                                             D       Bm

Dreams here live and die just like a stray dog     on a

G                      A                 D (2)

dirt road somewhere in Tennessee

 

          D                G                     D (2)

The storefronts are all filled up with eyeballs

            D              G                    D (2)

As the policemen clear out the street

        Bm             G                            D (2)

For a line of cars with their headlights burning

             G                    A                  D (2)

Driving slow through Pulaski, Tennessee

 

Repeat Intro x2

 

End on D

 


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.