Townes' Blues

Michael Timmins


[E] You're clean as
a widow woman's washboard, son,
stick it in the wind.
Put the mountains to your back
the great plains on your grille
time to take a little spin.
[A] Boulder looks like the kind of town
that I could spend some time,
but in Houston they got our name in lights. [E]
You're as clean as
a widow woman's washboard, son,
this slab is yours tonight.

[B] Townes is in the back lounge
with his hand in his pockets
pulls out two die says let's get at it. [E]

Salina in the headlights, snake eyes on the floor,
Al drops another twenty, Pete heads for the door,
Springer's feeling lucky, sits down for a spell,
Oklahoma City and he's lost his last bill.
[A] Jeff is in a bind waiting on sister hicks [E]
seven comes a-calling
as we cross on into Texas.

[B] Townes is in the back lounge
with a fist full of fives
he says, it's a little bit long
but I'm enjoying this ride.

[E] Be careful with the dice
when you're surrounded by others
with boxcars in their eyes.
Never count your winnings at hour 23
of a 24-hour drive. [A]
Remember that you're not the one
calling the tune
that's making those diamonds dance
or you'll be [E] clean as
a widow woman's washboard, son,
and those are the facts.

[B] Townes is in the back lounge
cursing at them bones
he says, ain't this fool ever heard of Raton. [E]


Tabbed by bbkim: It's a nice little blues tune. To play in the same key as the recording it's easiest to place a capo on the 1st fret and play the above chords.
Or to play without a capo: E = F / A = Bb / B = C

 

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Last Update: July 11, 2004
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