Bruce Springsteen – Johnny 99 tab

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Intro:  B  B  F#  B

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Well they closed down the auto plant in Mahwah late that month
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Ralph went out lookin' for a job   but he couldn't find none
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He came home too drunk from mixin'Tanqueray and wine
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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
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Johnny's wavin' his gun around and threatenin' to blow his top
When an off duty cop snuck up on him from behind
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Out in front of the Club Tip Top they slapped the cuffs on Johnny 99
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Well the city supplied a public defender   but the judge was Mean John Brown
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He came into the courtroom and stared poor Johnny down
Well the evidence is clear gonna let the sentence son fit the crime
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Prison for 98 and a year and we'll call it even Johnny 99

HARMONICA:  B  B  E  B    B  B  F#  B
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A fistfight broke out in the courtroom   they had to drag Johnny's girl away
His mama stood up and shouted Judge don't take my boy this way
Well son you got any statement you'd like to make
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Before the bailiff comes to forever take you away
Now judge judge I had debts no honest man could pay
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The bank was holdin' my mortgage and they was takin' my house away
Now I ain't sayin' that makes me an innocent man
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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
And if you can take a man's life for the thoughts that's in his head
Then won't you sit back in that chair and think it over judge one more time
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And let 'em shave off my hair and put me on that execution line

OUTRO:  E  B  F#  B     B  B  F#  B
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