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I Fought the Law                  Bob Fuller Four

INTRO:  G7  [Riff#1]


I Fought The Law Riff#1
  G                  C       D       G
E-3---3-3--3---3-3---3--3-3--5--5-5--3---3-3--3---3-3-|
B-3---3-3--3---3-3---5—-5-5--7--7-7--3---3-3--3---3-3-|
G-4---4-4--4---4-4---5--5-5--7--7-7--4---4-4--4---4-4-|
D-5-—-5-5--5---5-5---5--5-5--7--7-7--5-—-5-5--5---5-5-|
A-----------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------|

  A  G  D  G
E-5--3--2--3--|
B-5--3--3--3--|
G-6--4--2--4--|
D-7--5-----5--|
A-------------|
E-------------|


[G] Breaking rocks in the [C] hot [G] sun,
[G] I fought the law and the [C] law [G] won
[G] I fought the law and the [D7] law  [G] won [Riff#1]
[G] I needed money cause I [C] had [G] None,
[G] I fought the law and the[C]  law [G] won    
[G] I fought the law and the [D7]  law [G] won [Riff#1]

Chorus:
I [C] miss my baby and I feel so sad I [G] guess my race is run,
Well [C] she's the best girl that I ever had 
[G] I fought the law and the [C] law [G] won                                 
[G] I fought the law and the [D7] law [G] won [Riff#1]
                         
 INSTRUMENTAL: C-C-C-C-G-C-G-C-G-D X2  
 
[G] Robbing people with a [C] six [G] gun
[G] I fought the law and the [C] law [G] won 
[G] I fought the law and the [D7] law [G] won [Riff#1]
[G] I miss my baby and the [C] good [G] fun,
[G] I fought the law and the [C] law [G] won  
[G] I fought the law and the [D7] law [G] won [Riff#1]

REPEAT CHORUS 

 
Guitar Solo
  C                                         G
E-3--3-3--8---8--8----12--12-12--8---8--8---7--7--7--|
B-5--5-5--8---8--8----13--13-13--8---8--8---8--8--8--|
G-5--5-5--9---9--9----12--12-12--9---9--9---7--7--7--|
D-5--5-5--10--10-10---14--14-14--10--10-10--9--9--9--|
A-3--3-3--10--10-10---15--15-15--10--10-10--10-10-10-|
E-x--x-x--8---8--8----x---x--x---8---8--8---x--x--x--|

                  Triplets
  C          G  C|--|--|  G|--|--|  D|--|--|
E-8---8--8---7—--8--8--8---7--7--7---5--5--5--|
B-8---8--8---8—--8--8--8---8--8--8---7--7--7--|
G-9---9--9---7---9--9--9---7--7--7---7--7--7--|
D-10--10-10--9---10-10-10--9--9--9---7--7--7--|
A-10--10-10--10--10-10-10--x--x--x---5--5--5--|
E-8---8--8---x---x--x--x---x--x--x---x--x--x--|

  C                                         G
E-3--3-3--8---8--8----12--12-12--8---8--8---7--7--7--7-7-7-|
B-5--5-5--8---8--8----13--13-13--8---8--8---8--8--8--8-8-8-|
G-5--5-5--9---9--9----12--12-12--9---9--9---7--7--7--7-7-7-|
D-5--5-5--10--10-10---14--14-14--10--10-10--9--9--9--9-9-9-|
A-3--3-3--10--10-10---15--15-15--10--10-10--10-10-10-101010|
E-x--x-x--8---8--8----x---x--x---8---8--8---x--x--x-x-x-x-x|

    C          G    G              A  G  D  G
E---8---8--8---7----3--3-3—3--3-3--5--3--2--3--|
B---8---8--8---8----3--3-3-3--3-3--5--3--3--3--|
G---9---9--9---7----4--4-4-4--4-4--6--4--2--4--|
D-- 10--10-10--9----5--5-5-5--5-5--7--5--x--5--|
A---10--10-10--10------------------------------|
E---8---8--8---x-------------------------------|

This song was originally written by Sonny Curtis who played with Buddy Holly and later
with the Crickets. I have not heard the Crickets recording but have always loved playing
the Bobby Fuller Four version. It has such a unique chord solo which starts off playing
C in three different positions. It's not too hard to play, once you get the timing for
all those triplets.

            
            
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lnxguit2166 642 Nov 04, 2013 06:47 AM

I don't think there are any A chords in this song. I suggest:

D G D G
E-5--3--2--3--|
B-7--3--3--3--|
G-7--4--2--4--|
D-7--5-----5--|
A-------------|
E-------------|

same thing in the chord solo.

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Blade55 19 Dec 15, 2016 01:04 PM, edited at 06:05 pm

Hey there, i think it should rather be : C, G, F#, G
Greetings!

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dwisher 10 Jul 14, 2017 11:30 PM

Yep, it's a D, not an A.

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