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Sixteen Tons  Johnny Cash

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--|
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p.krickl@gmx.at

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