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Cale J J - Take Out Some Insurance tab

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From Tue Apr  8 13:01:31 1997
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 1997 19:22:28 -0800
From: Ian Prideaux 
Subject: CRD: 'Take Out Some Insurance' by 'J. J. Cale'

Take Out Some Insurance
from "Number 10"
by J. J. Cale

Transcribed from the CD number ORE CD 523
by Ian Prideaux (
This is a simple song in D major and predictably uses G and A major as
along with the C major at the end of the verses and chorus, a device
JJ often uses. It's played on guitar with a smattering of fiddle,
especially in the bridge. In the first line in the second verse, I can't
quite figure out what the ~a something~ is, if anyone knows, email me.
Have Fun.

[D]                                         [G]
A man knocked upon the door, said "Don't you know you're gonna die some

I've got a plan for you, man, for when you pass away.
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     [D]                       [G]           [D]
We'll give to your mother, your kids and your wife

                             [G]          [D]
and all you have to give in return is your life.

Take out some insurance, insurance today,

   [D]                    [C]      [D]
for tomorrow will come and take us away.


                           [G]            [D]
Two men were gambling in ~a something~ one night

when a woman walked in with her dress up so tight.

   [G]                                              [D]
She asked the two gentlemen would they fight for her name.

                                 [C]           [D]
They got up and shot her and went back to their game.

[bridge, all on a D chord except for the final C-D like the end of each

                            [G]         [D]
This aint no sad song, don't cry in your beer,

for one day will come and we won't be here.

[G]                           [D]
Somebody else will take up our game,

                [C]       [D]
different place, different name.


Ian Prideaux
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