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Cotton Smokey Midnight Chords

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MEDLEY:  PICK A BALE OF COTTON /
ON TOP OF OLD SMOKEY / THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL  (Abba)

Time signature: Cut Common (ie feels 2/4 but written 4/4)
E   (whole song is E)
Gonna jump down, spin around, pick a bale of cotton
Gonna jump down, spin around, pick a bale a day
Gonna jump down, spin around, pick a bale of cotton
Gonna jump down, spin around, pick a bale a day
Oh, Lordy
Pick a bale of cotton
Oh, Lordy
Pick a bale a day
Oh, Lordy
Pick a bale of cotton
Oh, Lordy
Pick a bale a day

I said me and my buddy gonna pick a bale of cotton
Now me and my buddy gonna pick a bale a day
I said me and my buddy gonna pick a bale of cotton
Now me and my buddy gonna pick a bale a day
Oh, Lordy
Pick a bale of cotton
Oh, Lordy
Pick a bale a day
Oh, Lordy
Pick a bale of cotton
Oh, Lordy
Pick a bale a day

Turnaround: 6 bars of E then
|E     |D     |A    D|A N.C.|
Time Signature now 6/8

(A)           D
On top of Old Smokey
                 A
All covered with snow
   A7          E
I lost my true lover
               A     A7
By courting so slow
                 D
For courting's a pleasure
               A
And parting is grief
                    E
And a false-hearted lover
                A     A7
Is worse than a thief
              D
On top of old Smokey
                 A
All covered with snow
  A7           E
I lost my true lover
               A
By courting so slow

Back to 4/4
Turnaround: 4 bars N.C.
however you can play a G   

Verse 1:
(G)                      C
Well, you wake up in the morning
                   G
Hear the ding dong ring
                       D
You go marching to the table
                 G
See the same old thing
                    C
See the fork on the table
                G
Nothing in your pan
                    D
If you say a thing about it
                           G
You're in trouble with the man

CHORUS:
G7               C
Let the midnight special
                 G
Shine a light on me
                 D
Let the midnight special
                              G
Shine its everlovin' light on me

Verse 2:
G7                C
If you ever go to Houston
                      G
Well you'd better act right
                     D
And you'd better not gamble
                     G
And you'd better not fight
                       C
For the sheriff will arrest you
                   G
And he'll take you down
                    D
And before you understand it
               G
You are prison bound

CHORUS:
G7               C
Let the midnight special
                 G
Shine a light on me
                 D
Let the midnight special
                              G 
Shine its everlovin' light on me (on me, on me)

[Play CHORUS two more times, then fade fourth time around.]
[Live: can just end on the final G Chord, or do a cadence]

:Charted by Bustopher the Busker - bustopher@bigpond.com
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