Standard guitar tuning:EADGBECapo on 3 fret
Verse 1His dAaddy was a honest man,a rDed dirt Georgia faArmer His mama lived a short life having kids and bailing Ehay He had fAifteen years of acDhe inside to waAnder He jumped a freight in Waycross and wEound up in LA.A.
Verse 2The cAold nights had no pity on that WDaycross Georgia farm Aboy Most days he went hungry,then the summer cEame He mAet a girl known on the strip as SDan Francisco Mabel JAoy Destitutions child born on an LE.A. street called shAame
Verse 3GrowDing up came quietly in the arms of Mabel JAoy Laughter found their mornings it brought new meaning to his lEife The nDight before she left sleep came and found that Waycross countryA boy With dreams of Georgia cotton and CEalifornia wiAne
Verse 4SunDday morning found him beneath the red light at her Adoor A right cross sent him reeling and put him face down on the fEloor InplaDce of Mabel Joy he found a merchant mad Amarine He said your Georgia neck is red,but sEonny you're still green
Verse 5He tAurned twenty-one in grDey rock federal priAson The judge had no mercy on this Waycross,Georgia Eboy StaAring at those four grey wall in siDlence,Lord he listeAned To the midnight freight he knew could take him Eback to Mabel Joy
Verse 6SunDday morning found him beneath the red light at her dAoor With a bullet in his side he cried,haEve you seen Mabel Joy StDunned and shaken someone said she don't live here no Amore She left this house four years ago sEhe was looking for Some Georgia fDarm boy