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 South Texas Girl by Lyle Lovett
from the album It's Not Big, It's Large
tabbed by Zach Parkman
contact zachparkman@yahoo.com and/or www.myspace.com/zachparkman
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INTRO- (acoustic guitar)

Capo 5th fret - Chords written in relation to capo
                Chords in parenthesis () are actual chord names

(Guy Clark)
      C (F)               G (C)
Saint Mother Maria watch over us please
      D (G)                 C (F)     G (C)
As we wonder around in this dangerous world
      C (F)                G (C)
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
       D (G)             C (F)       G (C)
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

O.K. After playing this song as a part of my live performance repertoire for the last 
years, I think that I have a worked out a fairly accurate version of, in my honets 
one of Lyle's best songs to date. Of course being a native Texan myself I am a bit biased.

2nd INTRO-

Capo 7th fret -  Chords written in relation to capo
                 Chords in parenthesis () are actual chord names

e ---------------------------0^2-2-2-0--0-------3------------------|
B -3---3-3-3----3---3-3-3----3---3-2-3--3-3-----3------------------|
G -0---0-0-0----0---0-0-0----2---2-3-2--0-0-----0------------------|
D -0^2-2-2-2^0--0---0-0-0----0---0-0-0--2-2^0^2-0------------------|
A -3-----3----3-x---2-2-2^0-------------3-3-----x------------------|
E --------------3---3-3-------------------------3------------------|

 VERSE- (piano, guitars, cello)

(Lyle Lovett)
 G (D)                   Cadd2 (G)
Three in the front seat they sat on each side
      G (D)              D2 (A2)      D (A)
That green-and-white 58 Fairlane it would glide
      G (D)                       Cadd2 (G)
Down farm roads past open fields seeming like no big deal
G (D)               D2 (A2)         D (A)
As it was happening I never felt a thing

 G (D)                         Cadd2 (G)
But now looking back it seems like it was everything
 G (D)                   D2 (A2)          D (A)
Singing with Mom just so we could hear ourselves sing
 G (D)                    Cadd2 (G)
Stealing a drink from the cold can in daddy's lap
 G (D)                D2 (A2)          D (A)
Protected by only a small thin brown paper sack

         Cadd2 (G)                 G (D)
And the wind blew the echoes of long-faded voices
           D2 (A2)     D (A)        Cadd2 (G)   G (D)
And they'd sing me a song that the old cowboys sang
    Cadd2 (G)                G (D)
And I didn't know what the words meant or anything
 D2 (A2)                   D (A)
I was just singing because I was supposed to

CHORUS- (same as intro)
     Cadd2 (G)          G (D)
Sing Mother Maria watch over us please
      D2 (A2)  D (A)         Cadd2 (G) G (D)
As we wonder around in this dangerous world
      Cadd2 (G)             G (D)
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
         D2 (A2) D (A)    Cadd2 (G)  G (D)
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

VERSE- (same as above)

And with the windows wide open it felt hot to us anyway
Three bound together on a day just like any day
They told me and taught me and showed me and bought me
Whatever I wanted from the corner U-tote-M

They say the name Corpus Christi means the body of Jesus
Pronounce it Refugio (Re-fur-io) city folks they don't know
It looks like Palacios (Pu-law-see-os) but sounds like Palacios (Pu-laa-shus)
Just listen the next time you're watchin' Sid Lasher

And the wind blew the echoes of long-faded voices
And they would sing me a song that the old cowboys sang
And I didn't know what the words meant or anything
I was just singing

CHORUS- (same as above)

Saint Mother Maria watch over us please
As we wonder around in this dangerous world
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

    Cadd2 (G)              G (D)
And I didn't know what the words meant or anything
D2 (A2)
I was just singing

VERSE- (same as above)

And these days with car seats and open container laws
Social correctness leaves no room for Santa Claus
Sitting right next to me she looks like that used to be
Song that they sang for me

And with the windows wide open it feels hot to us anyway
Two bound together on a day just like any day
The wind blows the echoes of long-faded voices
And they sing us a song that the old cowboys sang
And now that I know what the words mean and everything
I am still singing

CHORUS- (same as above)

Saint Mother Maria watch over us please
As we wonder around in this dangerous world
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

      Cadd2 (G)          G (D)
Saint Mother Maria watch over us please
      D2 (A2)   D (A)         Cadd2 (G) G (D)
As we stumble around in this dangerous world
      Cadd2 (G)            G (D)
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
       D2 (A2)  D (A)    Cadd2 (G)    G (D)
As the undying love of a South Texas girl
       D2 (A2)  D (A)    Cadd2 (G)    G (D)
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

e--0^2-2-2-2^0--3-3------3-------------------|
B--3---3-3-3----3-3------3-------------------|
G--2---2-2-2----0-0------0-------------------|
D--0---0-0-0----2-2^0^2--0-------------------|
A---------------3-3------x-------------------|
E------------------------3-------------------|

(Music ends)

(Guy Clark)
Saint Mother Maria watch over us please
As we wonder around in this dangerous world
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

(Everyone)
Saint Mother Maria watch over us please
As we wonder around in this dangerous world
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

Enjoy. Lyle and the boys are the best!!!
www.myspace.com/zachparkman      zachparkman@yahoo.com
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