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Dust Bowl Refugee Tab

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Lebesque 260
This is a tab for Woody Guthrie's song "Dust Bowl Refugees" as
played on disc 3 of the library of congress recordings. (Key of C, 
standard tuning.) 

Intro/Between Verses Melody:

           C                              C
              V ^    V  ^ V ^      V ^       V  ^ V ^    V ^
e|-------|----0-0----0--0-0-0------0-0--|----0--0-0-0----0-0-----------|
B|-------|----1-1----1--1-1-1------1-1--|----1--1-1-1----1-1-----------|
G|--0----|----0-0----0--0-0-0------0-0--|----0--0-0-0----0-0--0--------|
D|----3--|--2------------------0h2------|-----------------------3------|
A|-------|---------3--------------------|--3-----------3---------------|
E|-------|------------------------------|------------------------------|
    4 +     1 +    2 +  3 +    4   +       1 +  2 +    3 +    4 +


  C                              G
      V ^    V  ^ V ^      V ^       V  ^ V ^    V ^
e|----0-0----0--0-0-0------0-0--|----3--3-3-3----3-3-----------|
B|----1-1----1--1-1-1------1-1--|----0--0-0-0----0-0-----------|
G|----0-0----0--0-0-0------0-0--|----0--0-0-0----0-0--0--------|
D|--2------------------0h2------|-----------------------3------|
A|---------3--------------------|------------------------------|
E|------------------------------|--3-----------3---------------|
    1 +    2 +  3 +    4   +       1 +  2 +    3 +    4 +


  C                              C
      V ^    V  ^ V ^                V ^    V  ^ V ^
e|----0-0----0--0-0-0-----------|----0-0----0--0-0-0-----------|
B|----1-1----1--1-1-1-----------|----1-1----1--1-1-1-----------|
G|----0-0----0--0-0-0--0--------|----0-0----0--0-0-0-----------|
D|--2--------------------3------|--2--------------------3------|
A|---------3--------------------|---------3-----------3--------|
E|------------------------------|------------------------------|
    1 +    2 +  3 +    4 +         1 +    2 +  3 +    4 +


  C        G                     C
      V ^    V  ^ V ^               
e|----0-0----3--3-3-3-----------|----0-----0------0------0-----|
B|----1-1----0--0-0-0-----------|----1-----1------1------1-----|
G|----0-0----0--0-0-0-----------|----0-----0------0------0-----|
D|--2------------------0--------|------------------------------|
A|-----------------------2------|--3------------3--------------|
E|---------3--------------------|--------3-------------3-------|
    1 +    2 +  3 +    4 +         1 +   2 +    3 +    4 +
                                               


For the verses he appears to only use the C and G chords with his usual 
alternating bass and some hammer ons.


C                    C
I'm a dust bowl refugee,
C                    G
Just a dust bowl refugee,
C                   C
From that dust bowl to the peach bowl,
C              G                 C
Now that peach fuzz is a-killin' me.

'Cross the mountains to the sea,
Come the wife and kids and me.
It's a hot old dusty highway
For a dust bowl refugee.

Hard, it's always been that way,
Here today and on our way
Down that mountain, 'cross the desert,
Just a dust bowl refugee.

We are ramblers, so they say,
We are only here today,
Then we travel with the seasons,
We're the dust bowl refugees.

From the south land and the drought land,
Come the wife and kids and me,
And this old world is a hard world
For a dust bowl refugee.

Yes, we ramble and we roam
And the highway that's our home,
It's a never-ending highway
For a dust bowl refugee.

Yes, we wander and we work
In your crops and in your fruit,
Like the whirlwinds on the desert
That's the dust bowl refugees.

I'm a dust bowl refugee,
I'm a dust bowl refugee,
And I wonder will I always
Be a dust bowl refugee?
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Lebesque 260 wrote on February 8 2013, 05:01 pm

Just noticed a mistake... the last bar in the intro should be:
C G C
e ---------------------------|
B ---------------------------|
G ---------------------------|
D ---3-2-------------0-------|
A -3-------------------2-3---|
E ------------3--------------|

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howdyblues 11 wrote on February 8 2013, 08:33 pm

Still happen' today, never stop learnin' from Woody

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Lebesque 260 wrote on February 13 2013, 11:57 am

Thanks for the rating! His music is still as relevant today as it was 80 years ago :)

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