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Johnny 99 Chords

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Johnny 99

	  
Verse 
          D 
Well they closed down the auto plant in Mahwah late last month 
                                                      A 
Ralph went out lookin' for a job but he couldn't find none 
        D 
He came home too drunk from mixin' Tanqueray and wine 
                                    A                    D 
He got a gun shot a night clerk now they call him Johnny 99 
         D 
Dawn in that part of town where when you hit red light you don't stop 
                                                         A 
Johnny's wavin' his gun around and threatin' to blow his top 
        D 
When an off duty cop snuck up on him on from behind 
                                                                  A 
Out in front of the club Tip Top they slapped the cuffs on Johnny 99 

Verse 
              G                                  D 
Well the city supplied a public defender but the judge was mean John Brown 
                                                  A 
He came into the courtroom and stared poor Johnny down 
         D 
Well the evidence is clear gonna let the sentence fit the crime 
                                      A           D 
Prison for 98 and a year will make it even Johnny 99 

Verse 
       G                                            D 
A fist fight broke out in the courtroom they had to drag Johnny's girl away 
                                                           A 
His mama stood up and shouted judge don't take my boy this way 
             D 
Well son you got any statement you'd like to make 
                            A                D 
Before the bailiff comes to forever take you away 
    G                           D 
Yes judge I got debts no honest man could pay 
                                                          A 
The bank was holdin' my mortgage they was takin' my house away 
            D 
Now I ain't sayin' that makes me an innocent man 
                              A                       D 
But it was more than all this that put that gun in my hand 
                 G                 D 
And your honor I do believe I'd be better off dead 
                                                              A 
If you can take a man's life for the thoughts that are in his head 
           D 
Then won't you sit back in that chair and think it over one more time 
                                  A           D 
And let 'em shave off my hair and burn Johnny 99 
	  

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