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Southern Man Chords

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[Intro]

Dm  Bb  Gm  Dm  Bb  Bm


[Verse 1]

Dm                 Fmaj7/C
Southern man, better keep your head,

Bb                    G7
don't forget what your Good Book says.

Dm                 Fmaj7/C
Southern change gonna come at last,

Bb                  G7               Dm
now your crosses are burnin' fast, southern man.

Bb  Gm  Dm  Bb  Gm

Dm              Bb       Gm
I saw cotton and I saw black,

Dm                     Bb            Gm
tall white mansions and little shacks;

Dm                        Bb          Gm
southern man when will you pay them back?

A
I heard screamin' and bull whips crackin'.

How long, how long? Ah!

Dm  Bb  Gm  Dm  Bb  Bm


[Verse 2]
(same chords)

Southern man, better keep your head,
don't forget what your Good Book says.
Southern change gonna come at last,
now your crosses are burnin' fast, southern man.
Lillie Bell, your hair is golden brown,
I've seen your black man comin' round,
swear by God, I'm gonna cut him down!
I heard screamin' and bull whips crackin'.
How long, how long? Ah!

(Repeat and fade)


[Outro]

Dm  Bb  Gm  Dm  Bb  Gm
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gmsje 30 Aug 23, 2004 12:00 AM

B the B07 - Thanks for the tabs. I had been working with an Am-C-G progression, but yours works better especially in the first lyric stanza. A couple of thoughts - isn't there another chord after the basic Dm-Bb-Gm? Wouldn't adding a barred Am add that extra chorded note heard on the record? Also, Bm does not work at all at the end of the second Dm-Bb progression you have in the intro and later in the song. I'm assuming you meant another Gm. I would add a barred Am to make the basic progession Dm-Bb-Gm-BarredAm.

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gmsje 30 Aug 23, 2004 12:00 AM

Opps, additional thought. Fmaj7 doesn't work to my ear, but C does, for the places where there is that choice.

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Metallicam 20 Aug 13, 2006 01:11 AM

It's not an Am barred, but you got the right idea. Just hammer on the e-string 5th fret right at the end of the Gm to get the right sound. I'm pretty sure Fmaj7 is right.

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