Sixteen Tons

Johnny Cash


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Artist: Johnny Cash Song: Sixteen Tons
Johnny Cash SIXTEEN TONS The song "Sixteen Tons" originally was a working song
The Intro-Riff of the Johnny Cash version of this song is played over an a-blues-scale:
[INTRO-RIFF] e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| h|--4/5-4/5--4/5--4--1-----1-----------------------------------------------------------| g|----------------------2----2--0--1/2-------------------------------------------------| D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| / means SLIDE
Just listen to the song once or twice and you easily get the timing.
After the intro-section play the following instrumental part:
[RIFF 1] Am e|---------------| h|---1--1--1--1--| g|---2--2--2--2--| 2 times, D|---2--2--2--2--| then directly into 1st verse [RIFF 2] A|-0-------------| E|-----3--1---0--|
Verse:

[RIFF 2] Am e|-----------------| h|---1---1---1--1--| g|---2---2---2--2--| 2 times (1st & 2nd line of the verses), D|---2---2---2--2--| then, for the 3rd and 4th line play: A|-0-------0-------| E|-----0-------0---|
[RIFF 3] Am Dm Am e|-------------1---1--|-0x-----------| x means MUTE GUITAR (again, listen to the song h|---1---1-----3---3--|-1x-----------| and you'll know what I mean ;-) g|---2---2-----2---2--|-2x-----------| D|---2---2---0--------|--------------| A|-0-------------0----|-0x-----------| E|-----0--------------|--------------|
Chorus:
Am e|---------------| h|---1--1--1--1--| g|---2--2--2--2--| 2 times, then go over to RIFF 3, and after the chorus D|---2--2--2--2--| play the INTRO-RIFF (2x) and back to Verse A|-0-------------| E|-----3--1---0--|
---------------------------------------------------------------- If you've got any questions or comments, please e-mail me: p.krickl@gmx.at
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