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Johnny 99 Chords
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Intro:  B  B  F#  B

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

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

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


 
 
Bruce Springsteen - Johnny 99 Chords :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
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About the artist behind Johnny 99 Chords:

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American songwriter, singer and guitarist. He has recorded and toured with the E Street Band. Springsteen is widely known for his brand of heartland rock infused with pop hooks, poetic lyrics, and Americana sentiments centered around his native New Jersey. His eloquence in expressing ordinary, everyday problems has earned him numerous awards, including eighteen Grammy Awards and an Academy Award, along with a notoriously dedicated and devoted global fan base. His most famous albums, Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A., epitomize his penchant for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily life. He has sold over 65 million albums in the U.S.[1]

Springsteen's lyrics often concern men and women struggling to make ends meet. He has gradually become identified with progressive politics. Springsteen is also noted for his support of various relief and rebuilding efforts in New Jersey and elsewhere, and for his response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, on which his album The Rising reflects.

Springsteen's recordings have tended to alternate between commercially accessible rock albums and somber folk-oriented works. Much of his iconic status stems from the concerts and marathon shows in which he and the E Street Band present intense ballads, rousing anthems, and party rock and roll songs, amongst which Springsteen intersperses long, whimsical or deeply emotional stories.

Springsteen has long had the nickname "The Boss", a term which he was initially reported to hate but now seems to have come to terms with, as he sometimes jokingly refers to himself as such on stage. The nickname originated when a young Springsteen, playing club gigs with a band in the 1960s, took on the task of collecting the band's nightly pay and distributing it amongst his bandmates.[2]

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