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You Dont Mess Around  Jim Croce

[E]Uptown got it's hustlers

The bowery got it's bums

42nd Street got Big Jim Walker

He's a pool-shootin' son of a gun
Yeah, he [A]big and dumb as a man can come
But he stronger than a country hoss
And when the [B7]bad folks all get to[A7]gether at night
You know they [B7]all call big Jim [A7]"Boss", just because [E]

And they say


You don't [A]tug on Superman's [E]cape
You don't [A]spit into the [E]wind
You don't [A]pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger
And you [B7]don't mess around with [E]Jim

[B7]
Well outta [E]south Alabama came a country boy

He say I'm lookin' for a man named Jim
I am a pool-shootin' boy

My name Willie McCoy
But down home they call me Slim
Yeah I'm [A]lookin' for the king of 42nd Street
He drivin' a drop top Cadillac
After he [B7]took all my money

And it [A7]may sound funny
But I [B7]cOme to get my money [A7]back

And everybody [E]say Jack don't you know


And you don't [A]tug on Superman's [E]cape
You don't [A]spit into the [E]wind
You don't [A]pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger
And you [B]don't mess around with [E]Jim


Well a [E]hush fell over the pool room

Jimmy come boppin' in off the street
And when the cuttin' were done

The only part that wasn't bloody
Was the soles of the big man's feet
Yeah he were [A]cut in in bout a hundred places
And he were shot in a couple more
And you [B7]better believe

They sung a [A7]different kind of story
When [B7]big Jim hit the [A]floor [E]now they say


You don't [A]tug on Superman's [E]cape
You don't [A]spit into the [E]wind
You don't [A]pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger
And you [B]don't mess around with [E]Slim


(Spoken) [E]Yeah, big Jim got his hat

Find out where it's at

And it's not hustlin' people strange to you

Even if you do got a two-piece custom-made pool cue

Yeah you don't [A7]tug on Superman's [E]cape
You don't [A7]spit into the [E]wind
You don't [A7]pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger
And you [B7]don't mess around with [E]Slim

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