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Little Houdini  Sage Francis

 
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Little Houdini - Sage Francis
 
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Tabbed by: John Wu
Twitter: @johnnyhatchback
Tuning: Standard
Intro:
G (first four bars just strum G, use the 320003 'regular/standard' G-chord (see chord tabs below))
[Gm]La la la la la la la la laaa[D]
[Gm]La la la la la la la la laaa[Cm7]
La la la la[Cm]aa
[C]La la la la la la la la laaa[Cm]
G (last 'la' blends with first word of first verse below)
La la la laaa
[G]Christopher Daniel Gay was arrested on a Friday
In Florida at the Daytona International Speedway
[Gm]He was a fugitive on the run,
Christopher made a quick escape
while being transport[D]ed in a van
that was picking up convicts state to state.
[Gm]He did it during a bathroom break,
he hot-wired somebody's pickup
In fact,
[Cm7]Christopher had a long history of theft
involving trucks,
[Cm]He was on route to Alabama
for stealing someone's travel trailer
[C]Grand Theft Auto
He was a career criminal, jailbird
who also [Cm]had three outstanding warrants
in his home state of Tennessee
It [G]was an outstanding performance that set him free
Little Houdini
Stole a big rig, then a tour bus that belonged to Crystal Gayle
to evade a five state manhunt that wanted to put that birdy back in jail
but they failed
[Gm]'cause Christopher wasn't just running from cops
Christopher Gay was now racing a clock
[D]his mother was dying
and there was no time to be held
inside of a cage with locks
[Gm]so yall can turn up your nose
and suck on your teeth and wag your finger like tsk-tsk[Cm7]
but he had to take the risk
Little Houdini
[Cm]There wasn't a single thing sinister in his decision
to break from the prison
[C]His only motive was to go back to his childhood home
while his mom was still living
[G]it wasn't a house
more like an old mobile camper
where she was bedridden diagnosed with colon cancer
Sometimes,
The o[Gm]nly answer we're left with
when the loved one's name is on the death list
Is to [D]head for the exits and go home
Christopher got the hell out of Texas
[Gm]His abandonment was reckless
It prolonged his sentence
Y'all can fo[Cm7]rget it
He had numerous convictions and none were as strong as this
[Cm]Unless you consider the other instance
He went the distance
[C]Similar situation, it was a bizarre coincidence
[Cm]When he escaped from the prison the first time,
Not this time, but the one before
[G]He visited his dad
Cause he was dying inside of a mental ward
Suffering from Alzheimer's
He paid respects
Made his peace
When he was done
He didn't run
He returned himself back to the police
That's when his mom made her plea
She said:
[Gm]"He knows what he done was wrong,
but he knows his father [A]don't got long
He's not a fugit[Gm]ive on the run
He's not dangero[A]us, he's our son
he ain't never hurt no one
[Eb]He knows what he's done was wrong,
but he knows his father [Bb]don't got long
He's not a fugit[Gm]ive on the run
He's our son[D]"
This ain't no country western song.
[Gm]Christopher wasn't just running from cops
Christopher Gay was now racing a clock
his moth[A]er was dying
and there was no time to be held
inside of a cage with locks
[Gm]So Y'all can go on tossing rocks
And talk your talk like tsk tsk[A]
Meanwhile Chris is stealing a tractor trailer from Wal-Mart
[Eb]An 18 wheeler, he's peeling rubber the bird takes flight down turnpikes
[Bb]Three hundred thousand dollars worth of merchandise, but it ain't worth her life
[Gm]Ran it off the road, and abandoned it
50 yards from his moms [D]to avoid the cops
Thats half a football field from her feeble arms
[Eb]After all this stuff
The tour bus, the pick up trucks
The tractor traile[Bb]r, interstate chases
He put on the brakes and couldn't get close enough
[Gm]The news reporters told people to lock their doors
Like there was a monster[D] on the loose but there was no truth to those reports.
[Eb]His mom had weeks to live
And Chris had years to serve
[Bb]They were within shouting distance
But I don't think he heard her final words.
[Fb]I don't think he heard her final words.[D]
She made her plea to the TV
[Gm]"He knows what he's done was wrong,
but he knows his mama do[A]n't got long
He's not a f[Gm]ugitive on the run
He's not dan[D]gerous, he's my son
he ain't never hurt no one
[Eb]He knows what he's done was wrong,
but he knows his mama do[Bb]n't got long
He's not a fugit[Gm]ive on the run
he's my son"[D]
This ain't no country western song.
[Gm]The third time he escaped from a state cop at the Georgia pit-stop
[A]He just slipped out of the handcuffs, he jumped ship then he took off
[Gm]With no father to visit, and no mom to go home to
Just [A]an open road where he could be free
Little Houdini
[Eb]With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
Just a w[Bb]ide open sky where he could fly
Wi[Gm]th no father to visit, no mom to go home to
Just an op[D]en road where he could be free
Little Houdini
[Eb]With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
Just a [Bb]wide open sky where he could fly
[Gm]With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
Just an [D]open road where he could be free
Little Houdini
[Eb]With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
Just a [Bb]wide open sky where he could fly
[Fb]With no father to visit, no mom to go home to
Just an open r[D]oad where he could be free
Little[Gm] Houdini....
Chords/notes: All the 'G' and 'D' chords i play this way...
[G] [D]  
 
 e|----3-----2----|
 B|----0-----3----|
 G|----0-----2----|
 D|----0-----0----|
 A|----2-----0----|
 E|----3----------|

All the other chords use barre chords (bar chords)
[Gm] [Cm7] [Cm] [C] [A] [Eb] [Bb] [Fb]  
 
 e|----3------3----3-----3-----5------6-----6----1--|
 B|----3------4----4-----5-----5------8-----6----1--|
 G|----3------3----5-----5-----6------8-----7----2--|
 D|----5------5----5-----5-----7------8-----8----3--|
 A|----5------3----3-----3-----7------6-----8----3--|
 E|----3------3----3-----3-----5------6-----6----1--|

I did this tab using a picture of the guitar chords from the
Li(f)e recording session that Sage Francis posted online...
I've played it to myself over and over and it sounds close,
if not exact.

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