JOHNNY 99 from Nebraska 


INTRO:  B  F#  B
 

B
Well they closed down the auto plant in Mahwah late that month
                                                      F#
Ralph went out lookin' for a job but he couldn't find none
        B
He came home too drunk from mixin'Tanqueray and wine
                                         F#               B
He got a gun shot a night clerk now they call him Johnny 99

Down in the part of town where when you hit a red light you don't stop
                                                           F#
Johnny's wavin' his gun around and threatenin' to blow his top
        B
When an off duty cop snuck up on him from behind
                                                  F#               B
Out in front of the Club Tip Top they slapped the cuffs on Johnny 99
                 E                               B
Well the city supplied a public defender but the judge was Mean John Brown
                                                  F#
He came into the courtroom and stared poor Johnny down
         B
Well the evidence is clear gonna let the sentence son fit the crime
                                           F#           B
Prison for 98 and a year and we'll call it even Johnny 99


HARMONICA:  B  E  B  F#  B


      E                                            B
A fistfight broke out in the courtroom they had to drag Johnny's girl away
                                                           F#
His mama stood up and shouted Judge don't take my boy this way
     B
Well son you got any statement you'd like to make
                               F#             B
Before the bailiff comes to forever take you away

Now judge judge I had debts no honest man could pay
                                                               F#
The bank was holdin' my mortgage and they was takin' my house away
    B
Now I ain't sayin' that makes me an innocent man
                                 F#                 B
But it was more 'n all this that put that gun in my hand

Well your honour I do believe I'd be better off dead
                                                                F#
And if you can take a man's life for the thoughts that's in his head
                   B
Then won't you sit back in that chair and think it over judge one more time
                                  F#                      B
And let 'em shave off my hair and put me on that execution line


OUTRO:  E  B  F#  B  F#  B    

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NOTES:

TUNING: This one is slightly out of tune. It's not quite a semitone flat. 

CAPO: This is almost definately played with a capo on the second fret. Without a 
capo you can't get the little licks he plays over the chords. If the capo is on 
the chords are: B=A, F#=E and E=D. 
          A     E     D
        E-------------------
        B-------------33333-
        G-------------22242-
        D-22242-------04000-
        A-04000-22242-------
        E-------04000-------

The fret numbers indicated are the numbers after the capo, for example 2 would 
actually be 4. 

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CHORDS:  EADGBE
         ------
E        022100
B        X24442
F#       244322
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COMMENTS:

KEVIN 26/6/2004 - 5:25:58
thank you no one else seemed to have this song. I know it kind of obscure but ...
STEPHEN ROSSITER stephen 5/9/2003 - 4:24:23
excellent, i have been loookin for this for like a month now and have just found it. Thank u very much steve r
JIM 9/8/2002 - 19:47:54
What is the strumming pattern. Its so hard to hear on the CD
ERIN MCDONALD 11/7/2002 - 20:21:52
can you make an easier version
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