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Henry Parsons Died
(Daniel Hutchens of Bloodkin/Eric Carter of Bloodkin)
Transcribed by: Scott Holcomb
The song starts out as a vamp on an E chord.  To get the
stacatto, almost marching feel, I pick the chords upwards
and immediately bring my pick hand down on the strings to
mute them.  It makes a nice effect to let the chord on beat
1 ring every other measure.  It works either way.

Everything shown here is played in a 4/4 time signature
with all tab occuring on the beat.

Mike adds in a little riff on beats 3, 4, & 1 of every
other measure like this (including main riff):
|------------|------------|------------|------------|------
|------------|-------5--6-|-7----------|-------5--6-|-7----
|------------|-------5--6-|-7----------|-------5--6-|-7----
|-2--2--2--2-|-2--2--4--5-|-6--2--2--2-|-2--2--4--5-|-6--2-
|-2--2--2--2-|-2--2--5--6-|-7--2--2--2-|-2--2--5--6-|-7--2-
|-0--0--0--0-|-0--0-------|----0--0--0-|-0--0-------|----0-

Verse 1:
It was six o' clock on Saturday
Henry Parsons died.
All of his good neighbors say
That man was never truly satisfied.

Preacherman never said no prayers
Church bells didn't ring
Everybody stood up and stared when some
Choirgirls jumped up and started to sing

Chorus:
        E  G        A Bb    B     Bb A   G
"He was baptized in e-very  creek in Georgia.
E     G     A      Bb  B     Bb A
Devil still called his name.
   G  E       G    A  Bb       B Bb A
Every time he shot up drinking holy wine
G    E        G            E        E
He'd spill it all down his shirt in shame."

Verse 2:
Had an auction on his from porch this morning
Sold off all his clothes
Sold off his four-poster bed
There were debutantes and old ladies breaking out in fights
     in the front row
Burned his house and spent the night
Smoke rose thick and black
Now Henry Parsons' got no place to stay
If he ever gets the nerve up to come back

(Chorus)

Verse 3:
Everybody knows his name
They've heard about his reputation
They all came to see him buried down in the ground
What you might call a little bit of morbid fascination
What is everybody gonna say?
What is everybody gonna do?
Now that Henry Parsons' passed away
We got no one to lay our guilt on to

Chorus (x2):
        E  G        A Bb    B     Bb A   G
"He was baptized in e-very  creek in Georgia.
E     G     A      Bb  B     Bb A
Devil still called his name.
   G  E       G    A  Bb       B Bb A
Every time he shot up drinking holy wine
   first time:
G    E        G   A    Bb  B     Bb A       G
He'd spill it all down his shirt in shame.  He was
   second time:
G    E        G            E        E
He'd spill it all down his shirt in shame."


common segues:
Space Wrangler > Henry Parsons Died

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last updated:8/8/1998

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