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Statesboro Blues Tab

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Statesboro Blues by Blind Wille Mc Tell as played by Fred Sokolow.
tab by J. Robson J@PeaceLoveandGuitars.com 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QgJQLSXzsI
You can most likely buy a tab for this song. Sokolow does instructional 
DVDs. I own one. Not this one. It would be weak to copy a tab and claim 
it as my own. 

I will say this: The task of doing an arrangement from the original
would be a lot harder due to (1)the  quality of the recording (2) Willie's
playing a twelve string (3) Can't see his hand on a 78 rpm record.

One thing Fred does consistantly in this song is to play something as 
"three and four and" and then in the next measure play it as "two and three 
and" reversiing the order of the treble strings ***

Intro
                                                             
|-----0--0--0-----0--3--0--|-----0--2--0--0--------|--0------------------0--|
|--3-----------2-----------|--1-----------0--------|---------------0--2-----|
|--3-----------2-----------|--1--------------------|------------------------|
|--------------------------|-----------------------|-------0----------0-----|
|--------------------------|-----------------------|------------------------|
|--------------------------|-----------------------|--0---------0-----------|
                                                         
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Verse 1                                                         
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(13 meas. Irritating!)   Verse 2                                
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               ***                 ***                           ***
---------------2--------|----------------2-------|---------------------0--|
---------------3-----3--|----------3-----3-------|---------------2-----2--|
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-------0----------0-----|-------0-----------0----|-------0----------0-----|
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          ***                                               
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--2----------2----------|------------------------|----------------------|
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                        Verse 3                                 
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----------2-----2-------|------------------------|----------0--2----------|
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-------0-----------0----|-------0----------0-----|-------0-----------0----|
--2----------2----------|------------------------|------------------------|
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-------7-----9-----7-----0--|---------------0-------|------------3--2-----0--|
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----------------------------|------------------1----|------------------------|
----------0-----------0-----|------------------2----|-------0----------0-----|
----------------------------|--2----1----0----------|------------------------|
----0-----------0-----------|-----------------------|--0---------0-----------|

                                                       Verse 4       
-------2--3--4--0--------|----------------0----------|--------12---------12----|
-------------------2--0--|----------0--2-------------|--------12---------12----|
-------------------------|---------------------------|--------12---------12----|
-------0-----------0-----|-------0-----------0---2/--|--12----12---------12----|
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-------12---------12----|-------12-------12--12----|-----12--12---------12----|
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-------0----------0-----|-------0-----------0----|-------0----------0-----|
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----------------0-------|-------7-----9-----7-----0--|---------------0-------|
----------0--2----------|--7/9-----------------------|---------------0--0----|
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------------3--2-----0--|-------2--3--4--0--------|--0-------0-----------0--|
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Verse 5 Fred plays six of these measures
                                                         
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-----0-----2-----3--------|-------0----------0-----|-------0-----------0----|
--------------------------|--2---------2-----------|--2----------2----------|
--0-----2-----3-----4-----|------------------------|------------------------|

                                                           
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------------------------|----------0--2----------|--7/9-----------------------|
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                                                       Verse 6      
-------2--3--4--0--------|----------------0----------|--------12---------12----|
-------------------2--0--|----------0--2-------------|--------12---------12----|
-------------------------|---------------------------|--------12---------12----|
-------0-----------0-----|-------0-----------0---2/--|--12----12---------12----|
-------------------------|---------------------------|-------------------------|
--0----------0-----------|--0----------0-------------|-------------------------|

                                                                 
-------12---------12----|-------12-------12--12----|-----12--12---------12----|
-------12---------12----|-------12-------12--12----|---------12---------12----|
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-------12---------12----|-------12-----------12----|---------12---------12----|
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-------0----------0-----|-------0-----------0----|-------0----------0-----|
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----------------0-------|-------7-----9-----7-----0--|---------------0-------|
----------0--2----------|--7/9-----------------------|---------------0--0----|
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-------0-----------0----|----------0-----------0-----|------------------2----|
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-----7-------7---------|--7-------5----4----2--|-----0-----------------------|
-----7-------7---------|--7-------4----4----0--|-----------0--3--2--0-----0--|
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Wake up mama, turn your lamp down low
Wake up mama, turn your lamp down low
Have you got the nerve to drive papa McTell from your door

My mother died and left me reckless, my daddy died and left me wild, wild, wild
Mother died and left me reckless, daddy died and left me wild, wild, wild
No, I'm not good lookin', I'm some sweet woman's angel child

I once loved a woman, better than I ever seen
I once loved a woman, better than I ever seen
Treat me like I was a king and she was a doggone queen

Sister, tell your Brother, Brother tell your Auntie, Auntie, tell your Uncle,
Uncle tell my Cousin, Cousin tell my friend
Goin' up the country, Mama, don't you want to go?
May take me a fair brown, may take me one or two more

Big Eighty left Savannah, Lord, and did not stop
You ought to saw that colored fireman when he got that boiler hot
Reach over in the corner, hand me my travelin' shoes
You know by that, I got them Statesboro blues

Sister got 'em, daddy got 'em
Brother got 'em, mama got 'em
Woke up this morning, we had them Statesboro blues
I looked over in the corner,
Grandpa and grandma had 'em too.



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TJarnold92 93 Dec 25, 2012 12:21 AM

The timing in this is just God awful, it's impossible to follow along. You basically have to ignore the measure lines.

Bah...

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m.lima 1,246 Mar 07, 2014 09:46 AM

It would be nice to put actual tuning at the beginning of every line/guitar string. If not on Desktop version, it's impossible to understand which tuning this is.

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