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John Brown chords

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Gaslight Version - https://youtu.be/Rj8hH3LrNfY

From the second of the three concerts at the Gaslight Cafe, late october 1962. First known performance
of this song. The other early performances are all similar to this.
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem
Capo 5th- Drop D / Double Drop D Tuning.

[Chords]
D/F   303030 
A/E   202020
D5    000230 
C9    030030 
G/B   020030

Intro (the figure in the first bar is often used as an interlude between the verses, and the second line is 
used for the exclamations between some of the verses):

 D/F  A/E D5                D/F A/E D5
   :   .   .   .   .   .     :   .   .   .   .   .
e|-0---0---0---------------|-0---0---0-----------------------------------
B|-3---2---3---------------|-3---2---3---------------repeat last figure--
G|-0---0---2---------------|-0---0---2---------------a couple of times,--
D|-3---2---0-------0-------|-3---2---0-------0-------then:---------------
A|---------------3---------|-0---0---0-----3-----------------------------
D|-------------------------|-3---2---0-----------------------------------
  D/F                A/E               D5               D/F A/E  D5
   :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .   .
e|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0---0---0----------
B|-3---------------|-2---------------|-3---------------|-3---2---3----------
G|-0---------------|-0---------------|-2---------------|-0---0---2----------
D|-3---------------|-2---------------|-0-------0-------|-3---2---0-------0--
A|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0-----3---------|---------0-----3----
D|-3---------------|-2---------------|-0---------------|---------0----------
  Oh!                Lord!     from my home!

Basic accompaniment pattern for the verses, with lots of variations (such as playing the descending figure on 
the fourth string instead of the fifth), but over the same pattern:

   D5   C9 D5        C9 G/B  D5        D5     C9  G/B    D5
   :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
e|-0---------------|-0---0---0-------|-0-------0---0---|-0---------------|
B|-3---------------|-3---3---3-------|-3-------3---3---|-3---------------|
G|-2---------------|-0---0---2-------|-2-------0---0---|-2---------------|
D|-0-------0-------|-0---0---0-------|-0-------0---0---|-0-------0-------|
A|-0-----3---------|-3---2---0-------|-0-------3---2---|-0-----3---------|
D|-0---------------|---------0-------|-0---------------|-0---------------|
   D5   C9 D5        C9 G/B  D5        C9         G/B    D
   :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
e|-0---------------|-0---0---0-------|-0-----------0---|-0---------------|
B|-3---------------|-3---3---3-------|-3-----------3---|-3---------------|
G|-2---------------|-0---0---2-------|-0-----------0---|-2---------------|
D|-0-------0-------|-0---0---0-------|-0-----------0---|-0-------0-------|
A|-0-----3---------|-3---2---0-------|-3-----------2---|-0-----3---------|
D|-0---------------|---------0-------|-----------------|-0---------------|


[Intro]
 D/F  A/E D5                D/F A/E D5
 D5
 D/F                A/E               D5               D/F A/E  D5
 Oh!                Lord!     from my home!

[Verse 1]
D5                                       C9   G/B     D5
When John Brown went off to war to fight on a foreign shore.
    C9     G/B               D5
His mother sure was proud of him!
D5                                   C9 G/B      D5
As he stood straight and tall in his uniform and all.
    C9                 G/B          D5
His mothers face broke all out to a grin.
D5                             C9            G/B    D5
"Oh son, you look so fine, I'm glad you're a son of mine,   
    C9               G/B             D5
You make me proud to know you hold a gun.
D5                                C9     G/B      D5 
Do what the captain says, lots of medals you will get,
          C9              G/B                D5 
And we'll put them on the wall when you come home. "
D5                                     C9  G/B      D5 
When that old train pulled out, John's ma began to shout,
        C9               G/B           D5 
Tellin' ev'rybody in the whole neighborhood:
D5                                        C9      G/B       D5 
"That's my son that's about to go, he's a soldier now, you know."
    C9                 G/B             D5 
She made well sure her neighbors understood.
D/F                A/E                D5             D/F   A/E   D5  
Oh!                Lord!         Understood!

[Verse 2]
D5                                       C9         G/B     D5 
She got a letter once in a while and her face broke into a smile
       C9                 G/B              D5
As she showed them to the people from next door.
D5                                     C9 G/B      D5   
And she bragged about her son with his uniform and gun,
          C9                  G/B                D5
And these things you called a good old-fashioned war.
D5                                          C9   G/B          D5
Then the letters ceased to come, for a long time they'd never come.
      C9                G/B                  D5
They ceased to come for about nine months or more.
D5                                     C9       G/B      D5 
Then a letter finally came saying, "Go down and meet the train.
     C9             G/B           D5
Your son's a-coming home from the war."
D/F                A/E                D5             D/F   A/E   D5
Oh!                Lord!     From the war.

[Verse 3]
D5                                              C9     G/B     D5 
Well she smiled and went right down, she looked up and all around
        C9              G/B            D5 
But she did not see her soldier son in sight
D5                                C9      G/B    D5 
But as all the people passed, she saw her son at last,
          C9                  G/B         D5 
When she did she could hardly believe her eyes.
D5                               C9         G/B        D5 
His face was all shot up and his hands were both blown off
       C9           G/B              D5 
And he wore a metal brace around his waist.
D5                              C9        G/B     D5 
He whispered kind of slow, in a voice she did not know,
          C9            G/B           D5 
While she couldn't even recognize his face!
D5                          C9      G/B      D5 
"Oh my darling son, tell me what to you they done.
    C9             G/B             D5 
How is it that you come to be this way?"
D5                                C9        G/B      D5 
His mouth could hardly move as he tried his best to talk
         C9          G/B           D5          D/F   A/E   D5
And she did not even recognize his voice.

[Verse 4]
D5                              C9   G/B    D5
"Don't you remember, Ma, when I went off to war
     C9                G/B                D5 
You thought it was the best thing I could do?
D5                                  C9    G/B     D5 
I was on the battleground, you were home, feeling proud.
      C9             G/B            D5 
Thank God you wasn't standing in my shoes."
D5                                     C9        G/B   D5 
"Oh,  I thought when I was there, God, what am I doing here?
      C9                G/B          D5 
I'm a-tryin' to kill my enemy or die tryin'.
D5                               C9         G/B     D5 
But as the enemy came close, the thing that hurt me most
     C9                G/B              D5 
As I saw that his face looked just like mine."
D/F                A/E                D5             D/F   A/E   D5
Oh!                Lord!    Just like mine!
D/F   A/E   D5

[Verse 5]
D5                                          C9      G/B       D5 
"And I couldn't help but think, through the thunder sound and stink,
     C9           G/B         D5 
That I was just a puppet in a play.
D5                                   C9        G/B     D5 
And through the roar and smoke, this string is finally broke,
      C9          G/B           D5           D/F   A/E   D5
And a cannon ball blew my eyes away."

[Verse 6]
D5                             C9     G/B      D5 
As he turned away to walk, his Ma was still in shock
   C9               G/B                   D5 
At seein' the metal brace that helped him stand.
D5                         C9         G/B     D5 
But as he turned to go, he called his mother close
       C9                 G/B           D5 
And he dropped his medals down into her hand.
D/F                A/E                D5             D/F   A/E   D5
Oh!                Lord!     To her hand!
D/F   A/E   D5

            
            
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