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Doolin-Dalton Chords

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2nd fret

written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, J.D.Souther, J. Browne
performed by the Eagles
from the LP "Desperado", 1973
transcribed by  - Angelo Taibi - 
lyrics and minor tab corrections by Peter Eybert 
(Capo 2)


G G/F# Em 
G      Em 
G   G7 C 
Em     A C G D/F#


          Em             G          
They were Doolin, Doolin-Dalton
        Em              G       G7
High or low, it was the same
     C                    Em 
Easy money, and faithless women
        A      C        G       B7
Red eye whiskey for the pain.

Em                             G               B7
Go down little Dalton, it must be God's will
Em                        G              G7
Two brothers lyin dead in Coffeeville.
C                           Em 
Two voices call to you from where they stood,
A                                    C       G
"Lay down your lawbooks now, they're no damn good."

                Em            G      B7
Better keep on movin, Doolin-Dalton
            Em              G   G7
Till your shadow sets you free.
               C                   Em
And if you're fast, and if you're lucky,
          A              C       G
You will never see that hangin tree.

         Bm             G              C      C/B
Well the towns lay out across the dusty plain
     Am                                Em 
Like graveyards filled with tombstones waitin for the names
      G                 G7              C       C/B
And a man could use his back or use his brains
    Am                                   D           B7
But some just went stir-crazy Lord cause nothin ever changed

           Em              G      B7
Till Bill Doolin met Bill Dalton
                Em               G    G7
He was workin cheap, just buyin time
             C                    Em
And then he laughed and said I'm goin
           A         C               G
And so he left that peaceful life behind.


G D/F# Em G C C/B Am7 D9 E 
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johncv 10 Jun 29, 2014 04:33 PM

Clearly wrong.

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hatchetforce1 10 Oct 25, 2015 08:55 PM

Here. Decades later the Eagles haven't changed. Your comment? Clearly wrong: https://youtu.be/8xMuMKVsIGo?t=119

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infernalorigin 10 Sep 16, 2014 08:48 PM

Dear all "this is clearly wrong" people, it's not. There are 2 guitar parts. The capo 2nd fret part here is right for the acoustic part played by Glen Frey, the version 2 tab is equally right but covers the lead part Bernie Leadon plays. :)

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