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Hospitals and Jails

Mason Jennings

from the album Simple Life released in 2002

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Lyrics

(tune down 1/2 step)

Verse

G Em C We could sit beneath the evening, let the day turn blue I could never let the darkness replace the thought of you C'mon, darling let's catch that train to wherever we call God Maybe it's in Massachusetts, or... maybe not

Chorus

G Em C It's just you and I... it's just you and I, my dear ......... You and I... it's just you and I ........ Let's keep our boots pointed west, stay left of the police Well, I know you're like a freight train to escape your family You've got a father who has done you wrong, and a mother who doesn't care Get your backbone up my darling, let down your hair It's just you and I... it's just you and I, my dear ......... You and I... it's just you and I ........

Refrain

G C When all the world turns into hospitals and jails I can always count on your love to be my bail And we'll go traveling on from year to year, yeah G D Cm ...Just you and I, my dear I've got my backpack full of fourteen cartons of cigarettes, cigarettes I've got a bumper sticker on my chest that says no regrets, no regrets I've got your love draped all around me... ...Like a big black cape, a big black cape All the billboards on the highway say don't be late, don't be late It's just you and I... it's just you and I, my dear ......... You and I... it's just you and I ........ When all the world turns into hospitals and jails I can always count on your love to be my bail And we'll go traveling on from year to year, yeah ...Just you and I, my dear (instrumental chorus) Well I woke up in the middle of the kitchen floor I was listening for your knocking, but you weren't outside my door And I know that you won't be coming 'round in the way I want you to I wish you'd throw your arms around me But it's not for me, it's not for me It's not to be, it'll be just me And I know I never told you how I felt But you could never understand the blues that you have dealt me So I'll keep traveling on from year to year, yeah ...Just you and I, my dear ...Just you and I, my dear ...It'll be the same every year ...It'll be just me, my dear (end on G and let ring)

Notes & Tabs

Tune Down 1/2 Step

If you want to play along with the recorded album version of this song, then you'll need to tune your guitar down 1/2 step (which is what Mason does) and use the chords above. Note that this is by no means required to play the song -- you can play it in standard tuning if you wish, but this wouldn't sound right if you tried to play along with the recording.

Guitar Chords Used

Here is how to play the guitar chords used in this song. Very straightforward G, C, Em, and D. Note that most of this song uses the G-Em-C progression, with a very slight deviation occurring only in the "refrain" as labeled above. The Cm, used in the refrain may be a bit tricky if you've never learned bar chords... if this is a problem, you can fall back on a regular C chord.

e-|----3----0----2----0-----3----
B-|----0----1----3----0-----4----
G-|----0----0----2----0-----5----
D-|----0----2----0----2-----5----
A-|----2----3---------2-----3----
E-|----3--------------0----------
       G    C    D    Em    Cm 

Listen & Play

Want to listen to the song while you play? Here is a fan-made YouTube video to let you do just that. Remember, if you want to play along with this you'll need to tune your guitar down 1/2 step and use the chords above (or otherwise play in the key of F# in standard tuning). Alternatively, you could use this video for strumming pattern reference.



Chord Progressions

Verse

"We could sit beneath the evening..."
| G . . . | . . . . | Em . . . | C . . . |
                               (...repeat)

Chorus

"It's just you and I..."
| G . . . | . . . . | Em . . . | C . . . |
                               (...repeat)

Refrain

"When all the world turns into hospitals and jails..."
| G . . . | . . . . | . . . . | C . . . | . . . . |
                                        (...repeat)
"Just you and I my dear..."
| G . . . | D . . . | Cm . . . | . . . . |

Song Info

Song: Hospitals and Jails
Artist: Mason Jennings
Album: Simple Life
Year: 2002
Label: Bar/None Records

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