Let Him Roll

Guy Clark

He's a wino, tried and true
 Done about everything there is to do
 He worked on freighters, he worked in bars
 He worked on farms, 'n he worked on cars

It was white port, that put that look in his eye
That grown men get when they need to cry
And he sat down on the curb to rest
And his head just fell down on his chest

He said "Every single day it gets
A little bit harder to handle and yet..."
And he lost the thread and his mind got cluttered
And the words just rolled off down in the gutter

Well he was elevator man in a cheap hotel
In exchange for the rent on a one room cell
He's old in years beyond his time
Thanks to the world, and the white Port wine

And he said "Son", he always called me son
He said, "Life for you has just begun"
And he told me a story that I heard before
How he fell in love with a Dallas whore

Well he could cut through the years to the very night
When it ended, in a whore house fight
And she turned his last proposal down
In favor of being a girl about town

It's been seventeen years right in line
And he ain't been straight none of the time
Been too many days of fightin' the weather
And too many nights of not being together

So he died........ (guitar for one verse)

Well when they went through his personal affects
In among the stubs from the welfare checks
Was a crumblin' picture of a girl in a door
An address in Dallas, and nothin' more

The welfare people provided the priest
A couple from the mission down the street
Sang Amasing Grace, and no one cried
'Cept some woman in black way off to the side

We all left and she was standing there
Black veil covering her silver hair
And One-Eyed John said her name was Alice
And she used to be a whore in Dallas

Let him roll, Lord let him roll
 Bet he's gone to Dallas Rest his soul  
Let him roll, Lord let him roll
 He always said that heaven
Was just a Dallas Whore....

Here is the tab for the finger pick as simplified as I could get
it. I believe you have to capo up 2 frets to play with the
album. I haven't played with the album on this song in a long
time so I'm not certain. There are 16 dashes to each measure
so timing is somewhat represented.

I have tabbed two stanzas of the pick. It continues the same way
throughout the song. During the guitar solo, emphasize the
melody on the high strings. If anyone tries to learn this from
the tab, I would appreciate any feedback you can give me on how
useable it was as it took me a while to figure out from the
album. If you learn this song, the Randall Knife is very

NOTE: The "h" above the staff means hammer the note directly
below it.

                                     h   h   h   h            h

         h                           h   h   h   h            h

David Byboth - Test Guy Efficient Networks, Inc.
email: davidb@efficient.com (214) 991-3884 x 351

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