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Give My Love To Rose

Johnny Cash

from the album Sings Hank Williams released in 1960

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Lyrics

Intro

e-|----------------------------------------0--0----0--0-----0--0----0--0-- B-|---------------2----------(2)---(0)-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2-- G-|---------------2----------(2)---(1)-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2-- D-|---------------2----------(2)---(2)-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2-- A-|---0--2--3--4-----4--4--3-----2------0----------------0---------------- E-|----------------------------------------------0----------------0-------

Verse

A E A I found him by the railroad tracks this morning A E A (walk up) I could see that he was nearly dead D A I knelt down beside him and I listened B7 E Just to hear the words the dying fellow said A E A He said they let me out of prison out in Frisco A E A (walk up) For ten long years I've paid for what I've done D A I was trying to get back to Louisiana E A (walk up) To see my Rose and get to know my son D A (walk down) Give my love to Rose, please won't you mister E A (walk up) Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes D A (walk down) Tell my boy that daddy's so proud of him E A (intro riff x1) And don't forget to give my love to Rose ...repeat the same verse & chorus chords for next sections Won't you tell 'em I said thanks for waiting for me Tell my boy to help his mom at home Tell my Rose to try to find another 'Cause it ain't right that she should live alone Mister, here's a bag with all my money It won't last them long, though it goes God bless you for finding me this morning Now, don't forget to give my love to Rose Give my love to Rose, please won't you mister Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes Tell my boy that daddy's so proud of him E (let chord ring) A And don't forget to give my love to.............. Rose (...play intro riff x1 leading up to final A)

Notes & Tabs

Guitar Chords Used

Here is how to play the guitar chords used in this song. Very standard for Johnny Cash. If the B7 is new to you, don't let it scare you away -- it is a truly valuable open chord to have in your arsenal (especially if you haven't tackled barre chords yet).

e-|---0---0---2---2---
B-|---2---0---3---0---
G-|---2---1---2---2---
D-|---2---2---0---1---
A-|---0---2-------2---
E-|-------0-----------
      A   E   D   B7 

How to Play the Intro

Here's the tab for the song's intro. The trick here is to bar the 2nd fret with your index finger -- at least for the first part of this riff. Once you walk totally down to the full A-chord (with the alternating bass note), you can play the typical open A.

e-|----------------------------------------0--0----0--0-----0--0----0--0---
B-|---------------2----------(2)---(0)-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2---
G-|---------------2----------(2)---(1)-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2---
D-|---------------2----------(2)---(2)-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2---
A-|---0--2--3--4-----4--4--3-----2------0----------------0-----------------
E-|----------------------------------------------0----------------0--------

How to Play the Walk-Ups and Walk-Downs

Here's how you play the various walk-ups and walk-downs heard in this song. Note, I'm basing these partially off Johnny Cash's original 1960 version of this song, but also off the 2002 version also by Cash (from the "American IV" album). The 2002 version is much more sparse -- no accompanying lead guitar or bass. As such, the 2002 version is more "true" in my opinion to what a solo interpretation of this song should be. You'll notice in the 1960 version, Cash's lead guitarist is playing walk-ups and walk-downs much more liberally -- between most chords in fact. I'm not reflecting all of those here, because I think that is too much for a solo performer to play while performing this song. Again this is my humble opinion.

From A to D:

e-|---0---------------2---
B-|---2---------------3---
G-|---2---------------2---
D-|---2---------------0---
A-|---0---0--0--2--4------
E-|-----------------------
      A               D 

From A to E:

e-|---0---------------0---
B-|---2---------------0---
G-|---2---------------1---
D-|---2---------------2---
A-|---0---0--0--------2---
E-|-------------3--2--0---
      A               E 

Quick note -- in the "A to E" version directly above, note that he plays the 3rd fret on the low E string -- this is not typical for the usual Johnny Cash walkdown of this type. You'll want to bend the 3rd fret a bit, if you like, to give it that bluesy sound it wants to have.

General Johnny Cash Strumming Pattern

If this is the first Johnny Cash song you're learning, you should get familiar with the typical strumming pattern he uses (which applies to this song). Specifically, that of the alternating bass note. Here's the pattern shown for each of the main chords used in this song.

For the A chord:

e-|-----0--0----0--0-----0--0----0--0---
B-|-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2---
G-|-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2---
D-|-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2---
A-|--0----------------0-----------------
E-|-----------0----------------0--------

For the D chord:

e-|-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2---
B-|-----3--3----3--3-----3--3----3--3---
G-|-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2---
D-|--0----------------0-----------------
A-|-----------0----------------0--------
E-|-------------------------------------

For the E chord:

e-|-----0--0----0--0-----0--0----0--0---
B-|-----0--0----0--0-----0--0----0--0---
G-|-----1--1----1--1-----1--1----1--1---
D-|-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2---
A-|-----2--2--2----------2--2--2--------
E-|--0----------------0-----------------

For the B7 chord:

e-|-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2---
B-|-----0--0----0--0-----0--0----0--0---
G-|-----2--2----2--2-----2--2----2--2---
D-|-----1--1----1--1-----1--1----1--1---
A-|--2----------x--x---2---------x--x---
E-|-----------2----------------2--------

Videos

1960 Johnny Cash Album Version

Here is Cash's original album recording of this song. What's distinct about this version is you have his backing band, including the lead guitarist, which helps flesh out the chunky rhythm and features quite a bit more of the walk-ups and walk-downs between chords.



2002 Johnny Cash Album Version

Here's another album issue of this song from Cash, this one from this "American IV" album in 2002. I like this one because it is performed with a solo acoustic guitar, and thus the walk-ups and walk-downs are more appropriately sparse. His elderly voice also adds a great amount of gravitas.



1957 Live TV Performance

Finally, here's a video clip from back in 1957 with Cash on a TV show. Helpful to watch him and his band play things live.



Chord Progressions

Intro

| A . . . | . . . . | . . . . | . . . . |

Verse, first half

"I found him by the railroad tracks this morning..."
| A  . . . | E  . . . | A . . . | A . . . |
| A  . . . | E  . . . | A . . . | A . . . |
| D  . . . | D  . . . | A . . . | A . . . |
| B7 . . . | B7 . . . | E . . . | E . . . |

Verse, second half

"He said they let me out of prison out in Frisco..."
| A . . . | E . . . | A . . . | A . . . |
| A . . . | E . . . | A . . . | A . . . |
| D . . . | D . . . | A . . . | A . . . |
| E . . . | E . . . | A . . . | A . . . |

Chorus

"Give my love to Rose, please won't you mister..."
| D . . . | D . . . | A . . . | A . . . |
| E . . . | E . . . | A . . . | A . . . |
| D . . . | D . . . | A . . . | A . . . |
| E . . . | E . . . | A . . . | A . . . |

Song Info

Song: Give My Love To Rose
Artist: Johnny Cash
Album: Sings Hank Williams
Year: 1960
Label: Sun

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