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Song Name: Copperhead Road By: Steve Earle
Posted By: EarthDogHarpin Difficulty: Intermediate
Key: G Genre: Rock
Harp Type: Diatonic Audio: Copperhead Road
Created: 2013-01-11 12:58:41 Modified: 2013-01-11 13:21:18
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Copperhead Road
Words & Music by Steve Earle
Originally published in the Key of G Major
Tabbed for a Key of G Richter tuned diatonic
(but should work fine with any Richter Tuned
 major key diatonic)

Tab notations:
none = blow     - = draw    ___ = hold
” = full step bend    ob = overblow
8_-9 = slur; move smoothly from note to note (to note…)
8-98 = the 8 & -9 are grace notes; 8 is the main note.
(34) = blow chord; play both notes together
-(42) = draw chord; play these two notes together
(34)_-4 = play blow chord then slur to next note

Intro

-8__ 8-98_ 7_ -8__ 8-9__ 8-98_ 7_ 7_ -8_ 7-8__

-8__ 8-98_ 7_ -8__ 8-9__ 8-98_ 7_ 7_ -8_ 7-8__

89____ 898__ 7__ 7-8____________

Mandolin interlude

-5_   -5_ -5_    4_   4_  4   -4_ 4_-4__4_-3
Well, my_ name’s John Lee Pet-ti_-more._____

-3” -3  -3_ 3   3  3   -1  -2” -2 -2_ -2__-2”_-1
Same as my_ dad-dy and his dad-dy be_–fore._____

4   -5   -5 -5 -5 4_  4_   4  4  -4_  -4__4_-3 
You hard-ly ev-er saw Granddaddy down here.___

3  -3 -3” -3   -3” -3   3 3_   -2”_-2_ -2 -2_-2”
He on-ly  come to  town a–bout twice__  a year._

3    -5 -5 -5 -5   -5     -5 4_    4   -3”  4_ -4_ 4_-4__
He‘d buy a hundred pounds of yeast and some copper line._

-3” -3 -3 -3 -3”-3_ -2”  1ob 3_   3_   -2”-2__
Ev-‘ry-bod-y knew__ that he  made moon-shine._

5    5   5   5 5_  -45__ -4  4  -5_  -5 -5 5_
Now, the rev-e-nue man__ wanted granddaddy bad.

5  -5  -5 -5 -2” 5  4   4    4  4 -4    -4_ -2”_-2 4    4
He headed up  a  holler with ev‘rything he_ had.__ It’s be-

5_   5_ 5_-4  4     -5_  -5_  5__
fore my time, well, I’ve been told,

-3” -5 -5 -5_  5_   -3”  4_ -4 -4_  -4__4_-3
he  never came back from Copperhead Road.___

Mandolin

5_   -5 -5 -5  -5  4   4   4  4 4   -4_   -4__
Now, Daddy ran the whiskey in a big block dodge.

-3”    -3 -3 -3 3  3    3  -1  -2”-2    -2__
Bought it at an auction at the Ma-son’s Lodge.

-5  -5  -5  -5 4   4   4    4  4_ -4_ -4__4_-3
Johnson County Sheriff painted on the side.___

3    -3   -3” -3   -3” -3  3  3    3  -2”    -2_ -2_-2”
Just shot  a  coat of  primer then he looked in_–side._

-5    -5  -5  -5 4 4   4    -3”  4_ -4_  4-4___
Well, him and my uncle tore that en-gine down._

-3” -3”   -3 -3  -3” -2”  3_  3_   -2”-2___
 I  still re-mem-ber that rumblin’ sound.__

5     5   5   5   5_   -45     -4 4   -5 -5  -5 -5  5_
Well, the sheriff came a–round in the middle of the night.

-5    -5 -2” 5  4    4    4   4     -4 -4  -2”_-2 4  4
Heard Ma-ma  cryin’, knew somethin’ wasn’t right. He was

5_ -5_ 5    -4 4   4     -5   -5  -5  -5_ 5__
headed down to Knoxville with the weekly_ load.

-3” -3”   -5    -5  -5  5   -3”  -3” 4_   4  -4 -4   -4__4_-3
You could smell the whiskey burn-in’ down Copperhead Road.___

Bridge

66666  66666  66666  66666 (34)_-4 –(42)_ -(42)_ (43) –(42)

(35)-4_4 (43)_-4 –(42)_ (53) 5_-5 7 –(52)_ -(25)_5 4 4

(35)-4_4 3_ -4_ 3_ (34)_-4 –(42)_ -(42)_ (43) –(42)

(35)-4_4 (43)_-4 –(42)_ (53) 5_-5 7 –(52)_ -(25)_5 4 4

(35)-4_4 3_ -4_ 3_ 3_ 4_ 4_ -4 5 -55 4 3_ 5_ 4_ 5_-5 6 -5

5_4 -4 4 -3_-2 -12_-2” -2_ 3 3 4_ 4_ 4_ -4 5 -55_4 3_ 5_ 4_

5_-5 6 -5 5_4 -4 4 -3_-2 -12_-2” -2_ -2_ -2”_-2 -4 4 -3_-2 -2”

3 -3”_-2 -2” 3__


-3” -5 5 -5     -5  -5  4 4  4  4  -4_  -4_4_-3
 I  volunteered for the army on my birthday.___

-3”  -3    -3 -3    -3     3      3     -1  -2”-2 -2_-2”_-1
They draft the white trash first ‘round here a-ny-way._____

4 -5   -5  -5    -5 4 4  4  4  -4 -4__4_-3
I done two tours of duty in Vi-et-nam_____

-3_ -3_  -3_  3    3 -2”_-2_ -2  -2_-2”
 I_ came home with a brand__ new plan._

3 -5   -5  -5   -5   -5  -5 4_ 4 -3” 4  -4 4_-4__
I take the seed from Col-um-bi-a and Mex-i-co.___

-3” -3   -3    -3 -3 -3 -3” -3  -2”  1ob 3   3    -2”-2___
 I  just plant it up  a hol-ler down Cop-per-head Road.___

5     5   5  5  5_   -45_ 4 -5  -5  -5_ -5  5_
Well, the D. E. A.’s got_ a chopper in_ the air.

5 -5   -5 -5    -2” 5    4   4    44_  -3”_-2
I wake up screaming like I’m back over there.

-3” 4       5 5     5  5   4    -5  -5   -5    -5  5__      
 I  learned a thing or two from Charlie, don’t you know.

-3” -5 -5  -5   -55_  -3”  4_ -4 -4   -4__4_-3
You better stay a-way from Copperhead Road.___

Outro

6  6  6_   -55_-5_-4_
Copperhead Road._____

6  6  6_   -55_-5_-4_
Copperhead Road._____

6  6  6_   -55_-5_-4_
Copperhead Road._____


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