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Johnathan Rice, as performed by Jenny Lewis


Want to see this chart performed live? Here are Rob's students performing "Carpetbaggers" at a Coffee Shop Jam.


Chord Guide


A:   x02220


D:    xx0232


E:    022100


G6/A:  x00000


Asus2: x02200





Strumming Guide

Intro Strum: (G=G6/A, H=hammer-on, 2=Asus2)

G A     2 A   2     D   G E     G

U H U D U D   D     U D U H   D U

+ 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Main Strum:



D   D U   U D U

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +



Intro: / A - - - / D - E - / x2

          / A - - - / D - E - /

          / A - - - / - - - - /


   A (3)                                                                               E (½)             A (½)

They come to town when the war is over, dirty boots in the middle of the night

   A (3)                                                                             E (½)      A (½)

Trolling the bars, hitting on the soldiers, boys give it up without a fight.  They say,

   A (3)                                                                              E (½)      A (½)

“Hey, boy, how about your place?I know you really want to take me home”

   A (3)                                                                                      E (½)   A (½)

Drop the bags off on the bedroom floor, they make love with the lights   on, saying



D (2)                         A (2)

I’m a carpetbagger, baby

D (2)                         A (2)

I’m coming to your town

       E (6)

I’m gonna treat you kind, I’m going to rob you blind, I’ll smile all the time

            A    D (½)    E (½)

Whoa, yeah

            A    D (½)    E (½)

Whoa, yeah

            A    D (½)    E (½)

Whoa, yeah

            A (2)

Whoa, yeah


   A (3)                                                                                                            E (½)      A (½)

Sally could have had any one of the boys, but she couldn’t love no one she could not control

   A (3)                                                                                    E (½)      A (½)

Friend of mine and her got married, I don’t hear too much from him anymore

   A (3)                                                                                         E (½)    A (½)

Last I heard, he had a rope around his neck, dragging around the grocery store

  A (3)                                                                                                                   E (½)            

Carrying her bags and pushing down the aisles, Saying, “I ain’t got no home in this world

         A (½)





   A (3)                                                                                         E (½)             A (½)

They come to town when the party’s over, books been written and truth’s been tried

   A (3)                                                                                    E (½)           A (½)

They’ll take it all if the door’s left open, steal the nose right from under your eyes


Chorus, but last line goes like this:


            A    E (½)   A (hold)

Whoa, yeah


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.