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Author
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Robert CRAY
Poor Johnny
(Original from the album 
"The Definite Collection")

Bassist: Richard Cousins

Bass Tabs
Tuning : EADG
Tempo: 102 bpm 4/4

Key signature: Bm
Tuning: E A D G
Chords: F+m / Em / A / Bm / G / D 


Intro:                         00:01
G|------------||--------------------------------------------------|-
D|-- drums  --||-9-9--x-------------7-7--x--------7-7--x------9-7-|-
A|------------||--------9-9--x-7-7---------7-7--x--------7-7------|-
E|------------||--------------------------------------------------|-

G|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
D|---7-8--9-9-||-9---------------7-7--7--------7-7--7-----9-7-|-
A|-8----------||---9-9--9-7-7--7--------7-7--8--------7-7-----|-
E|------------||----------------------------------------------|-

Verse1: 00:20
G|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
D|---7-8--9-9-||-9---------------7-7--7--------7-7--7-----9-7-|-
A|-8----------||---9-9--9-7-7--7--------7-7--8--------7-7-----|-
E|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
ave a seat and I'll tell you a tale
It wasn't that long ago..
G|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
D|---7-8--9-9-||-9---------------7-7--7--------7-7--7-----9-7-|-
A|-8----------||---9-9--9-7-7--7--------7-7--8--------7-7-----|-
E|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
About a guy who turned out to be a cheater got the heater
So the story goes:
G|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
D|---7-8--9-9-||-9---------------7-7--7--------7-7--7-----9-7-|-
A|-8----------||---9-9--9-7-7--7--------7-7--8--------7-7-----|-
E|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
He tried the playboy-thing on two friends
Thinking that they'd never know.
G|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
D|---7-8--9-9-||-9---------------7-7--7--------7-7--7-----9-7-|-
A|-8----------||---9-9--9-7-7--7--------7-7--8--------7-7-----|-
E|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
They say he got caught in a trap and it snapped
He's not around anymore...

Oh Johnny...

Chorus1: 00:57
G|--------------||-----------------4--4-4--4----------|-
D|-5-4----------||-----4--4-4--4-7-----------4-5--5-5-|-
A|-----7-5--5-5-||-5-7--------------------------------|-
E|--------------||------------------------------------|-
He came home looking cool one day,
Just wasn't lucky to come out that way

G|--------------||-----------------4--4-4--4----------|-
D|-5-4----------||-----4--4-4--4-7-----------4-5--5-5-|-
A|-----7-5--5-5-||-5-7--------------------------------|-
E|--------------||------------------------------------|-
Once from the left... then from the right
They took him down, late that night.

G|--------------|----------||-
D|-----4-5-5--5-|-4-5--5-5-||-
A|-7-5----------|----------||- x2
E|--------------|----------||-


Verse2: 01:22
G|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
D|---7-8--9-9-||-9---------------7-7--7--------7-7--7-----9-7-|-
A|-8----------||---9-9--9-7-7--7--------7-7--8--------7-7-----|-
E|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
Now everyone in town knew he always played around
But not a word was said.
G|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
D|---7-8--9-9-||-9---------------7-7--7--------7-7--7-----9-7-|-
A|-8----------||---9-9--9-7-7--7--------7-7--8--------7-7-----|-
E|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
All the money and the clothes,
And the cars that he drove just kept his ego fed.
G|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
D|---7-8--9-9-||-9---------------7-7--7--------7-7--7-----9-7-|-
A|-8----------||---9-9--9-7-7--7--------7-7--8--------7-7-----|-
E|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
To his friends he was king,
Cause he thought of everything
Except his number one.

G|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
D|---7-8--9-9-||-9---------------7-7--7--------7-7--7-----9-7-|-
A|-8----------||---9-9--9-7-7--7--------7-7--8--------7-7-----|-
E|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
She had the kids and the house,
While he was always out
Leaving his homework undone.

Oh Johnny...

Chorus2: 02:00
G|--------------||-----------------4--4-4--4----------|-
D|-5-4----------||-----4--4-4--4-7-----------4-5--5-5-|-
A|-----7-5--5-5-||-5-7--------------------------------|-
E|--------------||------------------------------------|-
He came home looking cool one day,
Just wasn't lucky to come out that way

G|--------------||-----------------4--4-4--4----------|-
D|-5-4----------||-----4--4-4--4-7-----------4-5--5-5-|-
A|-----7-5--5-5-||-5-7--------------------------------|-
E|--------------||------------------------------------|-
Once from the left... then from the right
They took him down, late that night.

G|----------|----------|----------||-
D|-4-5--5-5-|-4-5--5-5-|-4-5--5-5-||-
A|----------|----------|----------||-
E|----------|----------|----------||-

Bridge: 02:27 ... Key board
G|----------|----------|----------|----------|-
D|-5-7--7-7-|----------|---7--9-9-|---7--9-9-|-
A|----------|-7-9--9-9-|-9--------|-9--------|-
E|----------|----------|----------|----------|-
Then one day his luck ran out.
When number two found a number and called his house.
Word on the street is that they talked all night
G|----------|----------|----------|----------|-
D|-5-7--7-7-|----------|----------|----------|-
A|----------|-7-9--9-9-|-9-9--9-9-|-9~~~-----|-
E|----------|----------|----------|----------|-
They had to teach him a lesson,
They had to make things right.


Instrumental: 02:45 (play x4)
G|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
D|---7-8--9-9-||-9---------------7-7--7--------7-7--7-----9-7-|-
A|-8----------||---9-9--9-7-7--7--------7-7--8--------7-7-----|-
E|------------||----------------------------------------------|-

Oh Johnny...

Chorus3: 03:22
G|--------------||-----------------4--4-4--4----------|-
D|-5-4----------||-----4--4-4--4-7-----------4-5--5-5-|-
A|-----7-5--5-5-||-5-7--------------------------------|-
E|--------------||------------------------------------|-
He came home looking cool one day,
Just wasn't lucky to come out that way

G|--------------||-----------------4--4-4--4----------|-
D|-5-4----------||-----4--4-4--4-7-----------4-5--5-5-|-
A|-----7-5--5-5-||-5-7--------------------------------|-
E|--------------||------------------------------------|-
Once from the left... then from the right
They took him down, late that night.

G|----------||-
D|-4-5--5-5-||-
A|----------||-
E|----------||-

Chorus4: 03:44
G|--------------||-----------------4--4-4--4----------|-
D|-5-4----------||-----4--4-4--4-7-----------4-5--5-5-|-
A|-----7-5--5-5-||-5-7--------------------------------|-
E|--------------||------------------------------------|-
He came home looking cool one day,
Just wasn't lucky to come out that way

G|--------------||-------------4--4-4-----------|-
D|-5-4----------||---4--4-4--4---------4-5--5-5-|-
A|-----7-5--5-5-||-5----------------------------|-
E|--------------||------------------------------|-
Once from the left... then from the right
They took him down, late that night.

G|----------|----------|----------||-
D|-4-5--5-5-|-4-5--5-5-|-4-5--5-5-||-
A|----------|----------|----------||-
E|----------|----------|----------||-

Oh Johnny...

Outro: 04:10 Instrumental (play XXX til fade out)
G|------------||----------------------------------------------|-
D|---7-8--9-9-||-9---------------7-7--7--------7-7--7-----9-7-|-
A|-8----------||---9-9--9-7-7--7--------7-7--8--------7-7-----|-
E|------------||----------------------------------------------|-  

Oh Johnny,

Poor Johnny,

Poor Johnny,

Poor Johnny,

Poor Johnny,


End: 04:59


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Tablature Legend ----------------  
| S  slap 
| P  pop 
| x  mute note
| .  full stop
| /  slide up 
| \  slide down
| >  link to next bar 
| h  hammer-on 
| p  pull-off 
| g  grace note 
| ~  vibrato 
| ^  brush up

            
            
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sheila scotty 16 Oct 06, 2015 07:50 AM

Great tab for a lovely song. Thanks for sharing some Robert Cray

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