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Working man blues  Merle Haggard







Intro:  [A7] (8 bars)

[A]It's a big job just gettin' by with 9 kids and a wife
I been a workin' man dang near all my life
I'll be [D7]working  long as my two hands are fit to [A]use
I'll [E7]drink my beer in a tavern,  [D7]sing a little bit of these working man b[A]lues

I keep my nose on the grindstone, I work hard every day
might get a little tired on the weekend, after I draw my pay
but I'll go back workin, come Monday morning I'm right back with the crew
I'll drink a little beer that evening, sing a little bit of these working man blues

Hey hey, the working man, the working man like me
I ain't never been on welfare, that's one place I won't be
cause I'll be working long as my two hands are fit to use
I drink a little beer in a tavern sing a little bit of these working man blues

(SOLO - one verse)

Sometimes I think about leaving, do a little bummin around
I wanna throw my bills out the window catch a train to another town
but I go back working I gotta buy my kids a brand new pair of shoes
yeah drink a little beer in a tavern, cry a little bit of these working man blues

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Buckshot125 (report)

recorded in a flat at one point too, which can sound a little more bluesy depending on your style

mikecash (report)

On the published sheet music and in Haggard's recorded version all chords are major 7s. (A7 D7 E7)