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On The Nickle  Tom Waits



         [B]         [F#]          [B]         [F#]          [B]        [F#]    [D#m]                           
e-------|--------|---------|--------|---------|-------|----------|

b-------|--------|6-7------|--------|---------|-------|6-7-------|
G-------|------8-|---------|------8-|6--------|-----8-|----6-----|
D-------|----9---|---------|----9---|---------|----9--|--------6-|
A---9-8-|6-9-----|-----9-8-|6-9-----|-----9-8-|6-9----|------9---|
E-------|--------|---------|--------|---------|-------|----------|
  [G#m]     [C#]     [F#]                                                                          
e----------|-----||

b----------|-----||
G----------|-----||
D-8------6-|-----||
A---9--9---|9----||
E----------|-----||
Verse 1:
[B]Stick and Stones will [F#]Break my Bones,
[B]But I always will be [F#]true,
[B]And when your mama is [F#]dead and [D#m]gone,
I'll Sing this [G#m]Lulabye just for [C#(sus4)--C#]you,
[B]And what becomes of all the [F#]little boys,
[B]Who never comb their [F#]hair
B G#(major) F# D#m
[B]Well they're [G#]lined up all [F#]around the [D#m]block
On the [G#m]Nickel [C#]over [F#]there.
Verse 2:
[B]So you better bring a [F#]bucket,
[B]There is a hole in the [F#]pail,
[B]And if you don't get my [F#]lette[D#m]r,
Then you'll [G#m]know that I'm in [C#(sus4)--C#]jail
[B]And what becomes of all the little [F#]boys,
[B]Who never say their [F#]prayers,
B G#(major) F# D#m
Well they're sleepin' like a baby,
On the [G#m]Nickel [C#]over [F#]there.
Key change to Ab:
         [B]        [G]             [Db]          [Ab]                                            
e------|--------|------------|--------|-----||

b------|--------|7-8---------|--------|-----||
G------|------8-|----7-------|------10|-8---||
D------|----9---|------------|-----11-|-----||
A--9-8-|6-9-----|------11-10-|8-11----|-----||
E------|--------|------------|--------|-----||
Verse 3:
[Db]And if you chew [Ab]tobacco,
[Db]And wish upon a [Ab]star,
[Db]Well you'll find out where the [Ab]scarecrows [Fm]sit,
Just like [Bbm]puchlines between the [Eb]cars,
[Db]And I know a place where a [Ab]royal flush,
[Db]Can never beat a [Ab]pair,
[Db]And [Bb/D]even Thomas [Ab/Eb]Jefferso[Fm]n,
Is on the [Bbm]Nickel [Eb]over [Ab]There.
Verse 4:
[Db]So ring around the [Ab]rosie,
[Db]You're sleepin in the [Ab]rain,
[Db]And you're always late for [Ab]supper,[Fm]
And man you [Bb]let me down, let me down [Eb]again,
[Db]I thought I heard a [Ab]mocking bird,
[Db]Roosevelt knows [Ab]where,
[Db]You can [Bb/D]skip the light with [Ab/Eb]Grady   [Fm]Tuck,
On the [Bbm]Nickel [Eb]over [Ab]There.
Key change to Bb:
          [Db]          [A]               [Eb]           [Bb]                                      
e--------|---------|--------------|---------|------||

b--------|---------|9-10----------|---------|------||
G--------|------10-|------9-------|-------12|-10---||
D--------|----11---|--------------|-----13--|------||
A--11-10-|8-11-----|--------13-12-|10-13----|------||
E--------|---------|--------------|---------|------||
Verse 5:
[Eb]So what becomes of all the little [Bb]boys,
[Eb]Who run away from [Bb]home,
[Eb]Well the world just keeps [Bb]gettin' [Gm]bigger,
[Cm]Once you get out on your [F]own,
[Eb]So here's to all the little [Bb]boys,
[Eb]The sandman takes you [Bb]where,
[Eb]Your sleepin' with the [Bb]pillow of [Gm]man,
On the [Cm]Nickel [F]over [Bb]There.
Verse 6:
[Eb]So climb up thru that [Bb]buttonhole,
[Eb]And fall right up the [Bb]stairs,
[Eb]I'll show you [C/E]where the [Bb/F]short(?)  [Gm]dogs grow,
On the [Cm]Nickel...[F]over [Bb]There.
Ending:
           [Eb]              [G]                [C]            [G]                              
e--------|-------------|---------------|-----------|----||

b--------|-------------|---------------|-----------|----||
G--------|----------12-|-11-12---------|---------9-|-7--||
D--------|-------13----|-------12------|------10---|----||
A--13-12-|-10-13-------|----------10-9-|-7-10------|----||
E--------|-------------|---------------|-----------|----||
Notes:
The tabs are not exactly guitar parts, but are string parts on the
song. I'm not a guitarist, so I don't know what are the best
fingerings, but these are the right notes.
Jeff Henscheid
henschj5753@cobra.uni.edu

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WillieJoe (report)

These chords do not fit with Tom Waits version of his song.