Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard - The Bottle Let Me Down lead guitar tab

The Bottle Let Me Down Merle Haggard

Key –D, drop-d tuning, x= dead note

As with most songs by The Hag, there are several versions of

this song. This tab is from his 16 Greatest Hits CD.

Intro

E----------bh--9--bh--9--pbr-------pbr-------|-------------------------------|

B-101010-12(14)—12(14)—-(10)8-666-(10)8-6----|-------------------------------|

G-x-x-x-----------------------xxx---------7--|--b-r---b-r--------------------|

D--------------------------------------------|-5(6)5-3(4)3-------------------|

A--------------------------------------------|-------------5---b-r---b-r-----|

E--------------------------------------------|----------------5(6)5-3(4)5-0--|

Each night I leave the barroom when it's over

Not feeling any pain at closing time

But tonight you memory found me much to sober

Couldn't drink enough to keep you off my mind

CHORUS

Tonight the bottle let down

and let you memory come around

The one true friend I thought I'd found

Tonight the bottle let down

1st chorus riffs

E-(0:50)------------------------|-5------------|---bh----9----r----------------|

B-------------------------------|----b-r-------|-12(14)~---(14)12-10--b-r------|

G--b-r---b-r--------------------|---7(8)7-5----|---------------------7(8)7-5---|

D-5(6)5-3(4)3-------------------|-----------7--|-----------------------------7-|

A-------------5---b-r---b-r-----|-(0:58)-------|-(1:04)------------------------|

E----------------5(6)5-3(4)5-0--|--------------|-------------------------------|

E---b---12----r—-bh--9---bh--9--pbr-------pbr-------|-------------------------------|

B-12(14)---(14)12(14)--12(14)—-(10)8-666-(10)8-6----|-------------------------------|

G------------------------------------xxx---------7--|--b-r---b-r--------------------|

D---------------------------------------------------|-5(6)5-3(4)3-------------------|

A-(1:22)--------------------------------------------|-------------5---b-r---b-r-----|

E---------------------------------------------------|----------------5(6)5-3(4)5-0--|

I've always had a bottle I could turn to

And lately I've been turning everyday

But the wind don't take effect the way it used to

And I'm hurting in an old familiar way

2nd chorus riffs

E-8—-b--r-b----8--b--r-b----8--pbr-------|---bh--9----bh--9-(9)7-5----------|

B—--8(10)8(10)—--8(10)8(10)---(10)8-6----|-12(14)---12(14)---pbr---pbr------|

G-------------------------------------7--|-------------------------(8)7-5---|

D----------------------------------------|--------------------------------7-|

A-(2:05)---------------------------------|-(2:11)---------------------------|

E----------------------------------------|----------------------------------|

E-----5------------------|-(2:27)----------|

B--b-----r------bh-------|-----------------|

G-7(8)—(8)7~---5(6)-5----|--b-r---b-r------|

D---------------------7--|-5(6)5-3(4)3-----|

A-(2:20)-----------------|-------------5---|

E------------------------|-----------------|

CHORUS

Tonight the bottle let down

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