Willin' Little Feat
From uunet!mcsun!uknet!edcastle!geovax.ed.ac.uk!msc9210 Wed Aug 5 14:54:44 PDT 1992
Article: 1381 of alt.guitar.tab
Subject: TAB : Willin' by Little Feat.
Date: 5 Aug 92 16:11:54 GMT
Organization: University of Edinburgh, Geography Department.
Well here it is, thanks to all your various postings, a version, but
certainly NOT the definitive version of Willin' by Little Feat. I've been
playing this song for some time now, the LAZY way (see notes at the end).
Thanks to everyones postings I've got some great ideas for improving on my
version. The version below is a nice compromise. It's the chord marked
D(*) which causes all the problems. In the notes at the end I've suggested
some variants but I'm still not happy. So, I'll keep plugging away at searching
for that elusive chord. If anyone knows it exactly (ie no approximations)
PLEASE mail me.
Oh, and apologies for the place names which I've probably mis-spelt in my
British ignorance !
Dept of Geography
WILLIN' by Little Feat
G D(*)(see notes) Em C G C C+2(see notes) C G (twice)
[G]I've been worked by the rain (some versions substitute hurt or washed for
Driven by the snow
[Em]Drunk and dirty - [C]don't you know
But I'm [G]still..[C] [C+2] [C] ..[G]willin
(And I was) [G]Out on the road
Late at night
[Em]Seen my pretty Alice in [C]every headlight
[G]Alice.. [C] [C+2] [C] ..[G]Dallas Alice
[G]And I been from [C]Tucson to [D]Tucumcari
[D]Tehachapi to [G]Tonapa
[G]Driven every kind of rig that's ever been [C]made
C D D(**)
Driven the back roads so I wouldn't get weighed
(No chords - let previous D resound)
And if you give me
(No chords again but I use a stepping C)
C step down to G
Weed, Whites and wine
[G]And you show me a [D]sign
[D]I'll be [G]willin' [C] [C+2] [C] to be [G]movin'
[G]Kicked by the wind
Robbed by the sleet
D(*) Em C
Had my head stoved in but I'm still on my feet
[C]And I'm [G]still [C]..[C+2].. [C] [G]in a whole lot of trouble
Smuggled some smokes and folks from Mexico
[Em]Baked by the sun
[C]Every time I go to [G]Mexico
[C] [C+2] [C] And I'm [G]still....
D(*) - many different chord variations have been suggested here,
including Bm and pure D. I use a hybrid of D with a 6th
string bass on the second fret since this bass note is
very important to the flow of the song. If you're lucky
your thumb can cover this, but mine won't so I usually
take the easy route and play 1st string 2nd fret plus
6th string 2nd fret with all the other strings open - not
such a good sound but FAR easier when you're trying to sing
as well !
C+2 - this is simply a slide of C up 2 frets. However, I prefer
to use normal open D instead as it had a better ring to it.
I've tried to match the words up with the chords but I guess it's
one of those songs you have to know quite well to get the inflections right.
Also, there's so many versions of this around the lyrics and especially
Lowell Georges asides at the end of verses etc change slightly. This version
is transcribed from the live album 'Waiting For Columbus'.