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Pick A Pocket Or Two
Another one of the great songs from Oliver. This is in the key used in the 1968 Oliver movie (Em). 
I love all of Fagin's songs, this and Reviewing the Situation (which I also submitted) are so great. 

For a more modal klezmery sound, you can substitute F#m7b5 (2x221x) for the Am at the start of each verse. 
Note that it's just an Am with an F# in the bass (and no open A string). You can also sub a F7b5 (1x120x) 
for the B7 on the 2nd line of the verses. And a D can sound nice instead of the Bm on the 3rd line of the
verses.

Personally I skip the boy's chorus at the end of each verse when playing it. I also skip the modulations 
(it goes up to Fm for verses 3 through 5, and up to F#m for verse 6).


[Verse 1]
Em            Am
In this life, one thing counts
Em            B7
In the bank, large amounts
Em          Bm         Am       Em
I'm afraid these don't grow on trees,
       Am            B7        Em
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two

B7     Em            Am        Em    Am
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two, boys,
Em                   B7        Em
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two.

[BOYS]
Em    Bm             Am      Em
Large amounts don't grow on trees.
       B7            B7/F#      Em
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two.

[Verse 2]
Em            Am
Why should we break our backs
Em       B7
Stupidly paying tax?
Em          Bm       Am   Em
Better get some untaxed income
Am               B7        Em
Better to pick-a-pocket or two.

B7     Em            Am        Em   Am
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two, boys,
Em                   B7        Em
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two.

[BOYS]
Em         Bm     Am        Em
Why should we all break our backs?
       B7               Em
Better pick-a-pocket or two.

[Verse 3]
Em          Am
Robin Hood, what a crook!
Em          B7
Gave away, what he took.
Em          Bm         Am       Em
Charity's fine, subscribe to mine.
Am                 B7        Em
Get out and pick-a-pocket or two

B7     Em            Am        Em    Am
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two, boys,
Em                   B7        Em
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two.

[BOYS]
Em    Bm       Am      Em
Robin Hood was far too good
   B7                      Em
He had to pick-a-pocket or two.

[Verse 4]
Em         Am
Take a tip from Bill Sikes
Em           B7
He can whip what he likes.
Em       Bm        Am     Em
I recall that he started small
   Am            B7        Em
He had to pick-a-pocket or two.

B7     Em            Am        Em   Am
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two, boys,
Em                   B7        Em
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two.

[BOYS]
Em     Bm      Am       Em
We can be like old Bill Sikes
B7                      Em
If we pick-a-pocket or two.

[Verse 5]
Em            Am
Dear old gent passing by
Em             B7
Something nice takes his eye
Em          Bm        Am       Em
Everything's clear, attack the rear
    Am            B7        Em
Get in and pick-a-pocket or two.

B7     Em            D         Em   Am
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two, boys,
Em                   B7        Em
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two.

[BOYS]
Em      Bm     Am        Em
Have no fear, attack the rear
B7                          Em
Get in and pick-a-pocket or two.

[Verse 6]
Em         Am
When I see someone rich,
Em             B7
Both my thumbs start to itch
Em      Bm        Am       Em
Only to find some peace of mind
   Am             B7        Em
We have to pick-a-pocket or two.

B7     Em            D         Em    Am
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two, boys,
Em                   B7        Em
You've got to pick-a-pocket or two.

[BOYS]
Em      Bm        Am       Em
Just to find some peace of mind
   B7                       Em
We have to pick-a-pocket or two!

 
 
Oliver Twist - Pick A Pocket Or Two :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
Pick A Pocket Or Two tabs @ 911Tabs
People who played Oliver Twist - Pick A Pocket Or Two also played these songs by Oliver Twist:
Food Glorious Food, Reviewing The Situation, Consider Yourself

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