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Jim Croce- Working At the Carwash Blues

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(@shadyharrison)
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This is an attempt at rendering Jim Croce's "Working At the Carwash Blues", which remains one of my all-time favourite songs. There should be more Jim than there is in the ESD, and I hope I've done my bit to rectify the situation.

We[G]ll, I just got out of the county prison doin'
90 days for nonsupp[D7]ort
Tried to find me an executive position
but no matter how smooth I ta[G]lk
They wouldn't listen to the fact that I was a genius
the man said we got a[C]ll that we can u[A7]se
Now I got them stea[G]dily depr[Bm]essin', low-down mind-me[C]ssin'
wor[D7]kin' at the car wash bl[G]ues

Well, I should be sittin' in an air-conditioned
office in a swivel ch[D7]air
Talkin' some trash to the secretary sayin'
(spoken) hey now mama come on over he[G]re
But still I'm stuck here rubbin' these fenders with a rag
and walkin' home in so[C]ggy old sh[A7]oes
With them stea[G]dily depr[Bm]essin', low-down mind-me[C]ssin'
wor[D7]kin' at the car wash bl[G]ues

You know a man of my ability
he should be smokin' on a big ci[D7]gar
But till I get myself straight I guess I'll just have to wait
in my rubber suit rubbin' these c[G]ars

Well all I can do is shake my head, you might not believe that it's tr[D7]ue
but workin' at this indoor Niagara Falls is an undiscovered Howard Hug[G]hes
So baby, don't 'xpect to see with no double martini in any high-br[C]ow society ne[A7]ws
cause I got them stea[G]dily depr[Bm]essin', low-down mind-me[C]ssin'
wor[D7]kin' at the car wash bl[G]ues

Take care,

Casey


   
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(@rodders)
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Nice one Shady

I've often played this one to myself in the past (one of those happy tunes for a blues song melody wise)

your chord pattern is good but all the ones I have looked at in the past have shown a B7 where you have a Bm in the chorus

eg.
Now I got them stea[G]dily depr[Bm]essin', low-down mind-me[C]ssin'

whereas I'm playin
G B7 Em G
'Cause I got them steadily depressin', low down mind messin'

But thanks for reminding me of this great tune.

One thing that isn't shown on any of the chord sheets is the into which I believe to be

G // B7// Em // G7 // C // G // Am // D

Rod. :wink:

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(@shadyharrison)
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I probably should've explained that I sub a Bm in there, because I find it easier to get to- the B7 is a nightmare to get to quickly, and less than easy to get anywhere from for me. Of course, it's entirely subjective, and if B7 is the way it's played, B7 is the way it's played. Thanks for the correction.

Take care,

Casey


   
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(@piazza)
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Thanks a million. This song is one of the main reasons I wanted to learn guitar, and I really appreciate seeing more Jim Croce songs here. I'm still somewhat new, and no matter what strum pattern I come up with, I can't get something that gives me the feel of the song. Can you tell me what you use? Feel like there should be a lot of palm mutes to add a funky feel, but maybe that's something to work towards...


   
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(@shadyharrison)
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You're most welcome, my friend. You can get away with Down Up Mute (hand touching strings, if you can't mute totally) Works throughout, or should do. Let me know if you're having more trouble.

Take care,

Casey


   
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