Tennessee Plates

John Hiatt

 EA
 I woke up in a hotel and I didn't know what to do
 EBE
 I turned the TV on and wrote a letter to you
 EA
The news was talkin' 'bout a dragnet up on the interstate
 EBE
Said they were lookin' for a Cadillac with Tennessee plates
INTRO: EEEA / EEBE
 EA
Since I left California baby, things have gotten worse
 EBE
Seems the land of opportunity for me is just a curse
 EA
Tell that judge in Bakersfield that my trial will have to wait
 EBE
Down here they're lookin' for a Cadillac with Tennessee plates

 A
It was somewhere in Nevada, it was cold outside
 E
She was shiverin' in the dark, so I offered her a ride
 A
Three bank jobs later, four cars hot wired
 B
We crossed the Mississippi like an oil slick fire
INTRO: EEEA / EEBE
 EA
If they'd known what we was up to they wouldn't 'a let us in
 EBE
When we landed in Memphis like original sin
 EA
Up Elvis Presley Boulevard to the Graceland gates
 EBE
See we were lookin' for a Cadillac with Tennessee plates
2X iNTRO: EEEA / EEBE
 EA
Well, there must have been a dozen of them parked in that garage 
 EBE
And there wasn't one Lincoln and there wasn't one Dodge
 EA
And there wasn't one Japanese model or make
 EBE
Just pretty, pretty Cadillacs with Tennessee plates

 A
She saw him singing once when she was seventeen
 E
And ever since that day she's been living in between
 A
I was never king of nothin' but this wild weekend
 B
Anyway he wouldn't care, hell he gave them to his friends + INSTR. A E (B E)
 EE
Well this ain't no hotel I'm writin' you from / It's the Tennessee prison up at Brushy Mountain
E A(build up) E (stop) AE A E / B E
Where yours sincerely's doin' five to eight … / Stampin' out my time makin' Tennessee plates

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