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I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water Chords

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  • This version is played like ' Kansas City' with th... Show more
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This version is played like ' Kansas City' with the 6ths and the 9ths, and a strong back-beat with a walking bass. A second singer can echo the first three lines of the chorus, make it churchy sounding. Elvis even covered this tune. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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G6 C9 G6 D7

[VERSE 1]
      G6              D7
I was born---in Macon Georgia,
                                G6
They kept my dad---in the Macon jail.
          G            G7        C9
Dad said,“Son,--if you keep your hands clean,
G6                  D7                  G6
You won’t hear them bloodhounds on your trail.”

[VERSE 2]
           G6               D7
But I fell in with---bad companions,
                             G6
We robbed a man---up in Tennessee.
            G         G7          C9
The sheriff caught me---way up in Nashville,
     G6               D7             G6
They locked me up and threw away the key.

[CHORUS]
            G6               D7
I washed my hands---in muddy water.
                                         G6  
I washed my hands---but they didn’t come clean.
           G            G7    C9  
I tried to do---like my Daddy told me,
      G6                  D7               G6
But I must have washed my hands in a muddy stream.


----[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]-----------------

[VERSE 3]
            G6                       D7
I asked the jailor---when my time is up.
                            G6
He said,"Son,---we won't forget.
           G        G7        C9
And if you try---to keep your hands clean
G6              D7              G6
We might make a good man of you yet."

[VERSE 4]
           G6               D7
I couldn’t wait---to do my sentence.
                                  G6
I broke out of --- the Nashville jail.
       G             G7      C9
I just crossed---the line of Georgia,
    G6              D7                G6
And I can hear them bloodhounds on my trail.

[CHORUS]
            G6               D7
I washed my hands---in muddy water.
                                         G6  
I washed my hands---but they didn’t come clean.
            G           G7    C9  
I tried to do---like my Daddy told me,
      G6                  D7               G6
But I must have washed my hands in a muddy stream.

-----------[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]----------------

[CHORUS]
            G6               D7
I washed my hands---in muddy water.
                                         G6  
I washed my hands---but they didn’t come clean.
            G           G7    C9  
I tried to do---like my Daddy told me,
      G6                  D7               G6
But I must have washed my hands in a muddy stream.


G6  C9  G6 D7 GM7 (Big note ending)
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