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Good Time Charlies Got The Blues Chords


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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #

Date: Fri, 8 Nov 1996 17:11:21 -0800
From: Reggie Kenner 
Subject: Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues by Danny O'Keefe

I looked everywhere for the lyrics to this tune and finally someone sent
them to me.  It is a great tune played with a little steady bass strum and
easy finger-picking.
As the person who sent the lyrics said of the refrain...There's sort of a
universal truth there somewhere.

					Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
						   Danny O'keefe

Everybody's gone away
I hear they're moving to LA
There ain't a soul I know around
Everybody'l leaving town

Some caught a freight, some took a plane
Catch the sunshine, leave the rain
They say this town'll waste your time
I guess they know, it's wasting mine

	Some gotta win
		       C D7
	Some gotta lose
	Good time Charlie's got the blues

My crazy heart keeps telling me
You're not a kid at thirty-three
Play around you lose your wife
Play too long you lose your life

I've got my pills to ease the pain
Ain't found nothing to ease the rain
Someday I'd like to settle down
But everybody's leaving town

Since I can't figure out how to draw the tab
The whole song is a finger picking strum from G (Alternating the E and D
strings for the bass line)
Hammering on the D and B strings  (to  Am7 moving your bass line up to the
Dand G strings)
Moving your Am7 up 2 frets adding the B string between beats with the  Dand
G strings
Hammering on back at Am7 with the D and B strings (bass still on the D&G
Back to G and the original bass line.

You can follow this strum (if you can follow it at all) to the last line of
both the verses and the refrain
where it goes to D7 and the Gand B strings slide up 2 frets and back down
to D7
play the Gstring open
Hammer on the D
and Back to The original bass strum at G
I make it sound harder than it is.  It is a basic finger picking strum.
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Daddy G wrote on January 25 2009, 05:52 pm

Everybody's gone away
Said they're movin' to L.A.
There's not a soul I know around
Everybody's leaavin' town

Some caught a freight, some caught a plane
Fine the sunshine, leave the rain
They say this town'll waste your time
I guess they're right, it's wastin' mine

You know my heart keeps tellin' me
You're not a kid at thirty-three
You play around you lose your wife
You play too long you lose your life

I've got my pills to ease the pain
Can't find a thing to ease the rain
I'd like to try and settle down
But everybody's leavin' town

These are the correct lyrics as I remember them from back in the day. Hope this helps.

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