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Sweet Jezebel chords

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Mean Mary - Sweet Jezebel


CAPO: 4th Fret


## NOTE: Notes in parentheses( ) are single-note Bass Walk-Downs ##



[Intro]
Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)

[Verse 1]
(F#)  Em
In Louisian’, where swamp is land 
                           (G)(F#)
And cotton falls like snow
      Em
Where alligators slink, mosquitoes drink
                             (G)
And wild things love to grow
(F#)   Em
It was past midnight, I had one headlight 
       Am
And my gas pedal on the floor
      Em
I was tired of watching clocks and taking hard knocks
    Am         B7          Em
And locking my dreams in a drawer


[Verse 2]
    E
Up ahead in the night, a deer took flight 
   Am
As warm rain started to fall
       Em
Heard my tires squeal as I jerked the wheel 
          Am               B7       Em
And drove straight into an oak tree wall

My head in a daze, I escaped through a maze 
   Am
Of busted steel and glass
   Em
In silk pantyhose with holes in the toes
          Am                  B7       Em
I started running through the tall wet grass


[Chorus]
        C                   B7
I saw a house all alone, as bare as a bone
     Am                     Em
Like someone had thrown it away
   C                     B7
It reeked of smoke and neglect 
            Am                   B7
That choked memories of a better day
  Am                 D
I stood at the door, soaked to my core 
    Em
And feeling just a little insane
         Am                  C
When the door opened wide, a man stood inside 
           B7
And said, "Come in out of the rain"
N.C.                      Em
Said, "Come in out of the rain"


[Interlude]
Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#)


[Verse 3]
    Em
His eyes were dark like the eyes of a shark
                                        (G)(F#)
And his face was neither young nor old
  Em
I paused for a beat before moving my feet
                                 (G)
And crossing that wide threshold
  (F#)   Em
It was a summer night and a fire burned bright
        Am
But I began to shiver and shake
          Em
He gave me a coat of fur, a smile demure
      Am            B7           Em
And a plate full of devil’s food cake


[Verse 4]
           E
Oh, he sat down on a chair like a lion in his lair 
    Am
And lit up a thin cigar
        Em
With an air of conceit, reached down by his feet 
    Am          B7     Em
And picked up a red guitar

He ran his hand down the strings like his fingers were wings 
      Am
And a strange silence fell 
   Em
He said, "This is my story, my life and my glory
    Am         B7    Em
Oh, this is my sweet Jezebel"


[Chorus]
C                     B7
Jezebel was slim with ebony trim
     Am                    Em
And I stared in wonder and awe
    C                    B7
Her neck was inlaid with pearl and jade
    Am                         B7
And I couldn’t find one single flaw
   Am                     D
He started to play, and I started to pray 
        Em
As that fire burned hotter than hell
            Am                  C
And I could feel a hole burning clear through my soul
     B7
As I listened to sweet Jezebel
N.C.                  C
I listened to sweet Jezebel


[Instrumental]
C  F#dim7  D7/F#  C  F#dim7  C
Em         F#dim7  F  Em        F#dim7  Em       C  B7  Em


[Verse 5]
    
She sang about sin and places she’d been
      Am
And I found myself lost in her spell
   Em
Of murder and lies, deceit and disguise
        Am       B7            Em
Was the song of, oh, sweet Jezebel

Like a siren of the sea, she sang it to me
    Am
And each note was calling my name
        Em
And the harder I fought, the closer I got
   Am               B7      Em
To standing in that red-hot flame


[Chorus]
  C                             B7
A faint morning glow, through a dusty window
      Am              Em
Washed over me like a flood
        C                      B7
And the song of a sparrow came straight as an arrow 
        Am                  B7
Through that guitar, red as blood
          Am                         D
There was fear and surprise in those cold shark eyes 
     Em
As I reached for sweet Jezebel
        Am                     C
And the flames leapt higher as straight in the fire 
             B7
I threw that guitar back to hell
N.C.                        Em
I threw that guitar back to hell


[Interlude]
Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)


[Verse 6]
(F#) Em
An unholy scream cut through my dream
                                    (G)(F#)
And I woke with my head on the dash
   Em
My car smelled of smoke from the rain that had choked 
                                    (G)(F#)
The fire that flamed from the crash
  Em
I jumped from my seat, away from that heat 
    Am
And kneeled on that rain-soaked ground 
  Em
I prayed till I cried, till the fear in my died
           Am      B7         Em
And on that lonely road I was found


[Verse 7]
    
Oh, never again will I be taken in 
     Am
By a stranger in the night
  Em
I take the path narrow and the song of a sparrow 
         Am                B7          Em
Leads me straight into the arms of the light
        Am                          D
But sometimes in the dark I see the eyes of a shark
        Em
And I’m lost in a dream for a spell
  Am                     C
Before I can wake, I eat devil’s food cake 
    B7
And hear again, sweet Jezebel
N.C.                        Em
Hear again, sweet Jezebel


[Outro]
C  F#dim7  D7/F#  C  F#dim7  C  D7/F#   Em
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