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    I Got Stripes

    Johnny Cash

     

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    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.