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Hard Times
                              Ray Charles
               Copyright 1961 Unichapell Music, Inc., BMI
              As recorded by Eric Clapton on "Journeyman"
   (Transcribed by Len Moskowitz: [email protected], September 1997)

[Verse 1]
My mother told me
Before she passed away
     Bm           Bm7/Bb      
Said son when I'm gone
D9       D7
Don't forget to pray
                   G         Abdim
'Cause there'll be hard times
           D  C B7
Lord, those hard times
Bb7       A           D  A7
Who knows better than I?

[Verse 2]

Well I soon found out
Just what she meant
When I had to pawn my clothes
Just to pay the rent
Talkin' 'bout hard times
Lord, those hard times
Bb7       A           D  A7
Who knows better than I?

[Sax solo/Guitar solo] 

D9  F#7  Bm  Bm7  D9  D7
G  Abdim  D  C  B7  Bb7  A7  D  E9  Eb9
G  Abdim  D  C  B7  Bb7  A7  
Bb7  A7  D  E9  Eb9

[Verse 3]
I had a woman
Who was always around
But when I lost my money
She put me down
Talkin' 'bout hard times
Hard times
      Bb7       A7                D  F9  E9(2)  D9
Yeah, yeah, who knows better than I?
Lord, one of these days
There'll be no more sorrow
When I pass away
And no more hard times
No more hard times
Yeah, yeah, who knows better than I?

(play single notes: E Eb A Db D and end on D9)
Eric Clapton - Hard Times :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
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About the artist behind Hard Times:

Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is a English blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. He is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries,[1] garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (The Yardbirds, Cream, and solo). Often viewed by critics and fans alike as one of the greatest guitarists of all time[2], Clapton was ranked fourth in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"[3] and #53 on their list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[4]

Although Clapton's musical style has varied throughout his career, it has always remained rooted in the blues. Clapton is credited as an innovator in several phases of his career, which have included blues-rock (with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and The Yardbirds) and psychedelic rock (with Cream). Clapton has also achieved great chart success in genres ranging from Delta blues (Me and Mr. Johnson) to pop ("Change the World") and reggae (Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff"). Clapton also achieved fame with Derek and the Dominos through the hit song "Layla".

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