LAayin' back in an old saloon with a peGso in Bmy handEm WAatchin' flies and children on the stDreet AAnd I catch a glimpse of black-eyed girls Gwho giggBle when EmI smile TAhere's a little boy who wants to sDhine my feet AGnd it's three days ridBe from Bakersfield Emand I don't know why I came IA guess I came to keep from payin' Ddues BGut instead I've got Ba bottle and aEm girl who's just fourteen AAnd a damn good case of the Mexicali Blues, yeah IDs there anything a man don't stand to lose WAhen the devil wants to take it all away? Cherish well your thoughts, keep a tight grip on your boozeStandard guitar tuning:EADGBENo capo
G'ACuz thinkin' and drinkin' are all I have today. SAhe said her name was Billie Jean; shGe was freBsh in townEm IA didn't know a stage line ran from Dhell SAhe had raven hair, a ruffled dreGss, a neckBlace made of gold AAll the french perfume you'd care to smDell SGhe took me up Binto her room andEm whispered in my ear GAo on my friend do anything youD choose. NGow I'm paying for Bthose happy houEmrs I spent there in her arms WAith a lifetime case of the Mexicali BlDues, yeah. IDs there anything a man don't stand to lose WAhen the devil wants to take it all away? Cherish well your thoughts, keep a tight grip on your booze
G'ACuz thinkin' and drinkin' are all I have today. TAhen a man rode into town; some thGought he wasB the law Em BAillie Jean was waiting when he caDme SAhe told me he would take her if GI didn'tB use my Emgun AAnd I'd have no one but myself tDo blame IG went down to those Bdusty streets; bEmlood was on my mind IA guess that stranger hadn't heard the Dnews. "GCuz I shot first aBnd killed him. Lord hEme didn't even draw. AAnd he made me trade the gallows for the Mexicali BDlues. IDs there anything a man don't stand to lose WAhen he lets a woman hold him in her hand? You just might find yourself out there on horseback in the dark
GJAust ridin' and runnin' across those desert sands. Notes: I use a strum with a lot of alternating bass - usually 4th and 5th strings - for the A and D chords. However, I find that the strumming patterns vary greatly throughout the song. Play along with the record to get the right feel. I fake the trumpet intro with D chord forms using D, Dsus4 and D9. The G-B-Em chord progression in some verses sounds best as single emphasized strums synchronized to the words (e.g. some THOUGHT he WAS the LAW).
D Dsus4 D9G EADGB EADGB EADGB EADGB xxx232 xxx233 xxx23x 32xxx3A G B Em EADGB EADGB EADGB EADGB xx222x 355433 224442 x22xxx