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San Francisco Mabel Joy  Waylon Jennings

 

*************** SAN FRANCISCO MABEL JOY ***************
performed by Waylon Jennings.
Capo on the 3rd fret.
Verse 1:
His d[A]addy was a honest man,a r[D]ed dirt Georgia fa[A]rmer
His mama lived a short life having kids and bailing [E]hay
He had f[A]ifteen years of ac[D]he inside to wa[A]nder
He jumped a freight in Waycross and w[E]ound up in L[A].A.
Verse 2:
The c[A]old nights had no pity on that W[D]aycross Georgia farm [A]boy
Most days he went hungry,then the summer c[E]ame
He m[A]et a girl known on the strip as S[D]an Francisco Mabel J[A]oy
Destitutions child born on an L[E].A. street called sh[A]ame
Verse 3:
Grow[D]ing up came quietly in the arms of Mabel J[A]oy
Laughter found their mornings it brought new meaning to his l[E]ife
The n[D]ight before she left sleep came and found that Waycross country[A] boy
With dreams of Georgia cotton and C[E]alifornia wi[A]ne
Verse 4:
Sun[D]day morning found him beneath the red light at her [A]door
A right cross sent him reeling and put him face down on the f[E]loor
Inpla[D]ce of Mabel Joy he found a merchant mad [A]marine
He said your Georgia neck is red,but s[E]onny you're still green
Verse 5:
He t[A]urned twenty-one in gr[D]ey rock federal pri[A]son
The judge had no mercy on this Waycross,Georgia [E]boy
Sta[A]ring at those four grey wall in si[D]lence,Lord he liste[A]ned
To the midnight freight he knew could take him [E]back to Mabel Joy
Verse 6:
Sun[D]day morning found him beneath the red light at her d[A]oor
With a bullet in his side he cried,ha[E]ve you seen Mabel Joy
St[D]unned and shaken someone said she don't live here no [A]more
She left this house four years ago s[E]he was looking for
Some Georgia f[D]arm boy

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