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I'll Be a Bachelor 'Till I Die  Hank Williams

Hank Williams
I'll Be A Bachelor Till I Die
Intro: Here are three alternate-octave riffs you can toy around with to simulate
the lap-steel guitar.
The 3rd is closest to the steel version, but I think any riff will work depending
on what you're going for.
The 2nd version acts as a template for starting the guitar solo after the first verse.
If you can use a slide, it sounds even better.
Intro chords: D A D
1st: Low-octave riff:
 
 e|--------------------------------------------------|
 B|--------------------------------------------------|
 G|-----------------2~~--2-4-2-----------------------|
 D|-------0---0-2-4-----------0-4-2-0------4---------|
 A|-0-2-4---4----------------------------0-----------|
 E|--------------------------------------------------|

2nd: Same riff up an octave:
 
 e|--------------------------------------------------|
 B|---------------7-10~~-10-12-10---7----------7-----|
 G|-----6-7-6-7-9-----------------7---9-7------------|
 D|-7-9--------------------------------------7-------|
 A|--------------------------------------------------|
 E|--------------------------------------------------|

3rd: Same riff, up yet another octave:
 
 e|----------------------14-17~~17-19-17----14-------------14|
 B|-------14-15-14-15-17-----------------15----17-15---------|
 G|-14-16------------------------------------------------14--|
 D|----------------------------------------------------------|
 A|----------------------------------------------------------|
 E|----------------------------------------------------------|

VERSE 1:
[D]I'll take you to the picture show and babe I'll hold your hand
I'll sit up in your parlor let you cool me with your [D7]fan
[G]I'll listen to your troubles and p[D]et you when you cry
But get that marryin' out of your head I'll be a b[A7]achelor till I [D]die
Guitar solo (I??m 99% certain of this. Listen to the song for precise timing):
[D]  
 
 e|----------------------7----------------------------7-10--|
 B|---------------7-10-----10-----10--------------/7-10-----|
 G|-------7-7-7-7-------------9/11--11\9p7---7-7------------|
 D|-7-9-7---------------------------------9p7---------------|
 A|---------------------------------------------------------|
 E|---------------------------------------------------------|

[D7] [G]  
 
 e|-10-7-----------------------------------10---10---10---10-|
 B|------10--------------77777------------12---12---12---12--|
 G|---------br9p7-7-7--7-10bbr7----------12---12---12---12---|
 D|----------------9-----------9-8-7----12---12---12---12----|
 A|----------------------------------------------------------|
 E|----------------------------------------------------------|

[D]  
 
 e|-9-10-12-10p9--7-9p7\5------7-------7-------------------------|
 B|-------------------------10--------------------------10-12-10-|
 G|------------------------------bbrr10--br9-7---7-7-/11---------|
 D|-------------------------------------------9p7----------------|
 A|--------------------------------------------------------------|
 E|--------------------------------------------------------------|

[A7] [D]  
 
 e|-----------------------------|
 B|-----10-------------------10-|
 G|-9/11--11\9p7----7-7--9/11---|
 D|-------------9p7-------------|
 A|-----------------------------|
 E|-----------------------------|

VERSE 2:
[D]I don't mind honky tonkin' round if that will bring you fun
But somehow I can't understand how one and one makes [D7]one
[G]I like to cuddle near you and [D]listen to you lie
But get that marryin' out of your head I'll be a [A7]bachelor till I [D]die
(Fiddle Solo)
VERSE 3:
[D]Now if you want a help mate you're just wasting lots of time
Cause I'm afraid of church bells how they scare me when they [D7]chime
[G]I've seen those married people just [D]up and say goodbye
So keep that marryin' out of your head I'll be a [A7]bachelor till I [D]die
(Steel Solo, ends with opening riff)
VERSE 4:
[D]This freedom's mighty precious in this land of liberty
I've seen what matrimony done to better men than [D7]me
[G]I don't mind keepin' comp'ny with the [D]apple of my eye
But keep that marryin' out of your head I'll be a[A7] bachelor till I [D]die
*This Williams Sr. (waaayy better than jr.) tune worked out by the long-gone

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