Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger guitar tab

Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger (tab)

By axehappy - axehappy@

D = xx0232 A = x02220

G = 320003 E = 022100

A7 = x02020 D/F# = 2x0232

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D

The red headed stranger from Blue Rock, Montana,

A

Rode into town one day.

D G D

And under his knees, was a raging black stallion,

E A

Walking behind was a bay.

D

The red headed stranger had eyes like thunder,

A

And his lips they were sad and tired.

D G D

His little lost love lay asleep on the hillside,

A D G D

And his heart was as heavy as night.

G

Don't cross him, don't boss him,

D

He's wild in his sorrow,

A7

Ridin' and hidin' his pain.

G

Don't fight him, don't spite him,

D

Just wait 'til tomorrow,

A D G D/F# D G D/F#

Maybe he'll ride on again.

D

Yellow haired lady leaned out of her window,

A

Watched as he passed her way.

D G D

She drew back in fear at the sight of the stallion,

E A

But cast greedy eyes on the bay.

D

How could she know that the dancin' bay pony

A

Meant more to him than life?

D G D

This was the horse that his little lost darlin'

A D

Had ridden when she was his wife.

G

Don't cross him, don't boss him,

D

He's wild in his sorrow,

A7

Ridin' and hidin' his pain.

G

Don't fight him, don't spite him,

D

Just wait 'til tomorrow,

A D G D/F# D G D/F#

Maybe he'll ride on again.

D

Yellow haired lady came down to the tavern,

A

And looked up the stranger there.

D G D

He bought her a drink and gave her some money,

E A

He just didn't seem to care.

D

She followed him out as he saddled the stallion,

A

And laughed as she grabbed at the bay.

D G D

He shot her so quick they had no time to warn her,

A D

She never heard anyone say:

G

Don't cross him, don't boss him,

D

He's wild in his sorrow,

A7

Ridin' and hidin' his pain.

G

Don't fight him, don't spite him,

D

Just wait 'til tomorrow,

A D G D/F# D G D/F#

Maybe he'll ride on again.

D

The yellow haired lady was buried at sunset,

A

The stranger went free of course.

D G D

For you can't hang a man for killing a woman,

E A

Who's trying to steal your horse.

D

This is the tale of the red headed stranger

A

And if he should pass your way,

D G D

Stay out of path of the ragin' black stallion

A D

And don't lay a hand on the bay.

G

Don't cross him, don't boss him,

D

He's wild in his sorrow,

A7

Ridin' and hidin' his pain.

G

Don't fight him, don't spite him,

D

Just wait 'til tomorrow,

A D G D/F# D G D/F#

Maybe he'll ride on again.

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STRUMMING STYLE

Use an alternating bass note as you are strumming...example in A:

E----0-0-0---0-0-0---0-0-0---0-0-0---

B----2-2-2---2-2-2---2-2-2---2-2-2---

G----2-2-2---2-2-2---2-2-2---2-2-2--- and so on...

D----2-2-2---2-2-2---2-2-2---2-2-2---

A--0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0---

E----------0---------------0---------

You can also use some little bass run fills in between chords, but there is a

pretty thorough lesson on this site about those, so I won't mention any.

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