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    Up on Cripple Creek

    The Band / Robbie Robertson


    Intro:  / A - - - / (x4)


            A                                             D   

    When I get off of this mountain, you know where I want to go?

    A                           D                               E

    Straight down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.

    A                                                   D

    To Lake Charles, Louisianna, little Bessie, a girl who I once knew.

    A                                D                         E                        

    She told me just to come on by if there's anything that she could do.




    Up on Cripple Creek, she sends me.


    If I spring a leak, she mends me.


    I don't have to speak, she defends me.

    F#m                      G

    A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one.


    A                                                    D

    Good luck had just stung me, to the race track I did go.

    A               D                                E

    She bet on one horse to win and I bet on another to show.

    A                                          D

    The odds were in my favor, I had them five to one.

    A                 D                                     E

    That nag to win came around the track, sure enough she had won.




    A                                                 D

    I took up all of my winnings and I gave my little Bessie half.

    A                             D                       E

    She tore it up and threw it in my face just for a laugh.

    A                                                           D

    There's one thing in the whole wide world I sure would like to see.

    A                                D                               E

    That's when that little love of mine dips her doughnut in my tea.




    A                                                                             D

    Me and my mate we were back at the shack, we had Spike Jones on the box.

    A                                       D                         E

    She says, "I can't take the way he sings, but I love to hear him talk."

    A                                                               D

    Now that just gave my heart a throb to the bottom of my feet.

    A                         D                              E

    And I swore as I took another pull, my Bessie can't be beat.




    Yodel over:

    / A - - - / D - - - / (x2)


                    A                                         D

    There's a flood out in California and up north it's freezing cold.

    A                     D                  E

    And this living on the road is getting pretty old.

            A                                                      D

    So I guess I'll call up my big mama, tell her I'll be rolling in.

                   A                             D                           E

    But you know, deep down, I'm kind of tempted  to go and see my Bessie again.




    Yodel over:

    / A - - - / D - - - / (x4)


    End on A

    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.