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Big City chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 1996 14:56:02 -0600
From: Ken Keefover 
Subject: Big City by Merle Haggard

Big City
Written by Merle Haggard and Dean Holloway
c1981 Shade Tree Music
Performed by Merle Haggard

Verse 1:
    F                       Bb
I'm tired of this dirty old city.
  F                                     C
Entirely too much work and never enough play.
     F                          Bb
And I'm tired of these dirty old sidewalks.
         F              C              F
Think I'll walk off my steady job today.

F                           Bb                            F
Turn me loose, set me free, somewhere in the middle of Montanna.
And gimme all I got comin' to me,
    F                            Bb                  F
And keep your retirement and your so called social security.
                 C                   F
Big City turn me loose and set me free.

Verse 2:

Been working everyday since I was twenty.
Haven't got a thing to show for anything I've done.
There's folks who never work and they've got plenty.
Think it's time some guys like me had some fun.


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tapjammer 10 Dec 02, 2004 07:00 PM

Hi, Ken Keefover, I just registered today. Actually, I was looking for "Big City," and found your tab first thing. Great job. I can use it for sure.

I have the Merle Haggard original on tape, and, at least on my recorder, it is in E. Wondered how you got F? Do you think your recorder is playing flat, or maybe mine is playing sharp?

Nothing to add on the lyrics, except that I note a "So!" at the end of Verse 2, and an Ending of "Hey, Big City, Turn me loose and set me free!" following the last chorus.

Also, I have done a scansion and put in numeric chord notation (I, I7, IV and V). Maybe you have a slightly different version than I do, but I sure do hear a I7 coming in all over the place.

How do I post my version? Your version made it so EASY for me to do my version. I credit you entirely and consider mine a "tweaking" of yours. What would the protocol be in the case of my posing this tab?


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TNFLATTOPBOX 107 Jun 04, 2007 04:11 PM

i think the reason he plays in F is because he sings in F i could be wrong but when i play it i play in D but if someone else is singing ill play it in E or G depends

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larry.christiansen55 10 Apr 13, 2017 04:56 PM


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