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Okay, I've seen a lot of versions, and after watching the music video and seeing how he 
plays it live, here's my interpretation. I think it's the most accurate.

Intro/Bridge
E----3--1h3-----0-0----0-0--------------------------------
B---3------3----1-1----1-1--------------------------------
G--2-----------2-------0----------------------------------
D-0-----------3-------2-----------------------------------
A--------------------3------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------
  [Dsus4]    [Fmaj7] [C]

Verse/Chorus
E-1--1-1---0--0-0---0--0-0----1h3p1(0)*-1-----------------
B-3--3-3---1--1-1---1--1-1----3---------3-----------------
G-2--2-2---2--2-2---0--0-0----2---------2-----------------
D----------3--3-3---2--2-2--------------------------------
A-------------------3--3-3--------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------
 [Dm]      [Fmaj7]  [C]       [Dm*]  


*the star indicates a kinda tricky part to play. I dunno if I tabbed it out right so i'll
 write it here. hold your fingers like you're playing Dm, quickly strum thru the notes 
normally, hammer highE 3rd fret with your pinkie, then quickly pulloff your index finger 
from highE 1st fret to an open highE. Then you put your index finger hard on where it just 
was and strum Dm once again. The last strum is actually the beginning of the next series. 

Preverse

E---1--1s3--3----1--1s3-5-3---1--1s3-3----1---1---1-------
B----3-3s5---5----3-3s5--------3-3s5--5----3---3---3------
G--2------------2------------2-----------2--2---2---2-----
D-0------------0------------0-----------0-----------------
A---------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------
    [sliding Dm]
Outro

E---1--1--1-----0--0--0-----0---0---0------1--1--3--------
B----3--3--3-----1--1--1-----1---1---1------3--3--3-------
G--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2-----0---0---0---2--2--2---------
D-0-----------3------------2-------------0----------------
A-------------------------3-------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------
   [Dm]        [Fmaj7]    [C]            [Dm]
 
E---1--1--1-----0--0--0-----0---0---0------1--3--1--------
B----3--3--3-----1--1--1-----1---1---1------3--3--3-------
G--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2-----0---0---0---2--2--2---------
D-0-----------3------------2-------------0----------------
A-------------------------3-------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------
  [Dm]        [Fmaj7]      [C]           [Dm]


Lyrics- (i cut some punctuation so it all fits on one line)

...:::Verse 1:::...
 [Dm]        [Fmaj7]             [C]                   [Dm*]
Weve all seen men at the liquor store beggin for your change
 [Dm]        [Fmaj7]             [C]                   [Dm*]
The hair on his face is dirty dreadlocked and full of mange
 [Dm]    [Fmaj7]               [C]                   [Dm*]
He asks a man for what he can spare with shame in his eyes
 [Dm] [Fmaj7]         [C]                   [Dm*]
Get a job you fucking slob is all he replies
 [Dm] [Fmaj7]              [C]                   [Dm*]
God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in his shoes
 [Dm]        [Fmaj7]             [C]                   [Dm*]
Then you really might know what its like to sing the blues

...:::Chorus:::...
 [Dm]                 [Fmaj7]             [C]         [Dm*]
Cause then you really might know what it's like
 [Dm]                 [Fmaj7]             [C]         [Dm*]
Cause then you really might know what it's like
 [Dm]                 [Fmaj7]             [C]         [Dm*]
Cause then you really might know what it's like
 [Dm]                 [Fmaj7]             [C]         [Dm*]
Cause then you really might know what it's like


...:::Verse 2:::...
 [Dm]     [Fmaj7]                  [C]                 [Dm*]
Mary got pregnant from a kid named Tom said he was in love
 [Dm]               [Fmaj7]               [C]     
Saiddont worry bouta thing babydoll Im the man you been dreamin of
 [Dm]   [Fmaj7]                [C]                   [Dm*]
3 months later he say he wont date her or return her calls
 [Dm]        [Fmaj7]             [C]                   [Dm*]
She swear Godamim if I find that man Im cuttin off his balls
 [Dm]  [Fmaj7]              [C]                   [Dm*]
God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes
 [Dm]           [Fmaj7]              [C]              [Dm*]
Then you really might know what it's like to have to choose

...:::Chorus:::...
 [Dm]                 [Fmaj7]             [C]         [Dm*]
Cause then you really might know what it's like
 [Dm]                 [Fmaj7]             [C]         [Dm*]
Cause then you really might know what it's like
 [Dm]                 [Fmaj7]             [C]         [Dm*]
Cause then you really might know what it's like
 [Dm]                 [Fmaj7]             [C]         [Dm*]
Cause then you really might know what it's like

...:::Bridge:::...(played same as intro)

[Dsus4]                           [Fmaj7]                [C]
Seen a rich man beg seen a good man sin seen a tough man cry
[Dsus4]                     [Fmaj7]                   [C]
Seen a loser win, a sad man grin, heard an honest man lie
[Dsus4]                                      [Fmaj7]
Seen the goodside of bad seen the down side of up and everything between[C]
[Dsus4]                                      [Fmaj7]    
Licked the silver spoon drank from the golden cup smoked the finest creme[C]
[Dsus4]                                       [Fmaj7]      
Stroked the daddies' dimes atleast a couple of times before I broke their hearts[C]
[Dsus4]                           [Fmaj7]             [C]
You know where it ends it usually depends on where u start

...:::Verse 3:::...
 [Dm]                [Fmaj7]                [C]        
I knew this kid named Max used to get fat stacks on the corner with drugs[Dm*]
 [Dm]                [Fmaj7]                [C]  
He liked to hang out late, liked get shit faced, and keep the pace with thugs[Dm*]
 [Dm]    [Fmaj7]                    [C]                   
Late one night there was a big gun fight and max lost his head[Dm*]
 [Dm]          [Fmaj7]               [C]             [Dm*]
Pulled out his chrome 45 talked some shit and wound up dead
 [Dm]                [Fmaj7]                 [C]          
Now his wife and his kids are caught in the midst of all of his pain[Dm*]
 [Dm]                   [Fmaj7]                      [C]    
You know it crumbles that way, least thats what they say when you play the game[Dm*]
 [Dm] [Fmaj7]              [C]                   [Dm*]
God forbid you ever had to wake up to hear the news
 [Dm]           [Fmaj7]              [C]               [Dm*]
Then you really might know what it's like to have to lose

...:::Chorus:::...
 [Dm]                 [Fmaj7]             [C]         [Dm*]
Cause then you really might know what it's like
 [Dm]                 [Fmaj7]             [C]         [Dm*]
Cause then you really might know what it's like
 [Dm]                 [Fmaj7]             [C]         [Dm*]
Cause then you really might know what it's like
 [Dm]                 [Fmaj7]             [C]         [Dm*]
Cause then you really might know what it's like... to have to lose


~~~~Song Order~~~~
Intro (4x)
Verse 1
Chorus
Preverse
Verse 2
Chorus
Bridge
Preverse
Verse 3
Outro
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james3208 10 Feb 11, 2007 03:02 PM

missing words in song and tab is wrong

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guitar84 10 Aug 22, 2009 01:08 PM

Sounds good to me.
I would like to play the verse on a different way (finger picking) but the first guitar on this song is strumming too so its ok! :)

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