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Mean Mary - Sweet Jezebel

CAPO: 4th Fret

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

Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)

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

[Verse 2]
Up ahead in the night, a deer took flight 
As warm rain started to fall
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 
Of busted steel and glass
In silk pantyhose with holes in the toes
          Am                  B7       Em
I started running through the tall wet grass

        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 
And feeling just a little insane
         Am                  C
When the door opened wide, a man stood inside 
And said, "Come in out of the rain"
N.C.                      Em
Said, "Come in out of the rain"

Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#)

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

[Verse 4]
Oh, he sat down on a chair like a lion in his lair 
And lit up a thin cigar
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 
And a strange silence fell 
He said, "This is my story, my life and my glory
    Am         B7    Em
Oh, this is my sweet Jezebel"

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 
As that fire burned hotter than hell
            Am                  C
And I could feel a hole burning clear through my soul
As I listened to sweet Jezebel
N.C.                  C
I listened to sweet Jezebel

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
And I found myself lost in her spell
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
And each note was calling my name
And the harder I fought, the closer I got
   Am               B7      Em
To standing in that red-hot flame

  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 
As I reached for sweet Jezebel
        Am                     C
And the flames leapt higher as straight in the fire 
I threw that guitar back to hell
N.C.                        Em
I threw that guitar back to hell

Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)(F#) Em    (G)

[Verse 6]
(F#) Em
An unholy scream cut through my dream
And I woke with my head on the dash
My car smelled of smoke from the rain that had choked 
The fire that flamed from the crash
I jumped from my seat, away from that heat 
And kneeled on that rain-soaked ground 
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 
By a stranger in the night
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
And I’m lost in a dream for a spell
  Am                     C
Before I can wake, I eat devil’s food cake 
And hear again, sweet Jezebel
N.C.                        Em
Hear again, sweet Jezebel

C  F#dim7  D7/F#  C  F#dim7  C  D7/F#   Em

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