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'Tommy' by Kelly Joe Phelps
From 'Sky Like A Broken Clock'

Tuning : Standard (EADGBE)
Capo : 5th fret
Time : 4/4
Tempo : 150


Kelly Joe uses mainly the same bass line and chords in each type of verse, but the melody on the
guitar is adapted to fit the way he sings each verses, as he improvises.
Listen carefuly to the CD to understand what I'm talking about.
Also he uses his left thumb to play the bass notes on the low E string.

And don't forget that Kelly Joe teaches this song in his Homespun video :
'The Fingerpicking Guitar of Kelly Joe Phelps'


Intro :
-----

 G                       G/F#         G           Em                     
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-3-----------1-^0------|----0------------------|-3--------1-----0------|
|-0--------0----------2-|----------0--------0---|-0-------------------0-|
|-------0-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|-------2-----------2---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-3-----------3---------|-2-----------3---------|-0-----------0---------|

             G/F#        G                       C/G                     
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-3--------1-----0------|-1--------1------------|
|-------0--------0--0-0-|-0---------------------|-0--------0-----0------|
|-------2-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|-------2-----------0---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-0-----------2---------|-3-----------3---------|-3-----------3---------|

 D6/F#                   G
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
|-----------------------|-----------------------|----3--------3---------|
|----------------0------|-0--------------0------|----------0------------|
|-2--------2------------|-0--------2----------0-|-----------------------|
|-------0-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-2-----------2---------|-3-----------3---------|-3-----------3---------|


verses :
------

 G                       G/F#         G           Em                     
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-3--------1-----0------|----------------0------|-3--------1-----0------|
|-0---------------------|-2--------0------------|-0-------------------0-|
|-------0-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|-------2-----------2---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-3-----------3---------|-2-----------3---------|-0-----------0---------|


             G/F#        G                       C/G                     
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|----------0------------|-3--------1-----0------|-1--------1------------|
|----------------0----0-|-0---------------------|-0--------------0----0-|
|-------2-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|-------2-----------0---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-0-----------2---------|-3-----------3---------|-3-----------3---------|


 D6/F#                   G                       G                      
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|----------------0------|----------------3----3-|-3--------1-----0------|
|-2--------2----------0-|-------0---------------|-0---------------------|
|-------0-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|
|-----------------------|-------------2---------|-----------------------|
|-2-----------2---------|-3---------------------|-3-----------3---------|

 G/F#         G           Em                                 G/F#
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|----------------0------|-3--------1-----0------|----------0------------|
|-2--------0------------|-0-------------------0-|----------------0----0-|
|-------0-----------0---|-------2-----------2---|-------2-----------0---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-2-----------3---------|-0-----------0---------|-0-----------2---------|

 C/G                                             D/F#
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-1--------------1----1-|-----------------------|----------3------------|
|-0--------0------------|----------------0----0-|-2--------------2----2-|
|-------2-----------2---|-------2-----------2---|-------0-----------0---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-3-----------3---------|-3-----------3---------|-2-----------2---------|

  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
|----------0------------|-----------------------|
|----3-----------3------|----------------3----3-|
|---------------------2-|----------------2------|
|-------0-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-2-----------2---------|-2-----------2---------|


bridge :
------

 Am                                                                      
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-1--------------1------|-1--------------1------|-1--------------1------|
|----------2----------2-|----------2----------2-|----------2----------2-|
|-------2-----------2---|-------2-----------2---|-------2-----------2---|
|-0---------------------|-0---------------------|-0---------------------|
|-------------0---------|-------------0---------|-------------0---------|


              G          Fsus2                                           
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-1--------------1------|-1--------------1------|
|-2--------0--------0---|-0--------0----------0-|----------0----------0-|
|-------2-----------0---|-------3-----------3---|-------3-----------3---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-0-----------3---------|-1-----------1---------|-1-----------1---------|


            Fsus2/F#      G7                     C            G          
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-1--------------1------|-0--------------0------|-0---------------------|
|----------0----------0-|-0--------0----------0-|-0---------------------|
|-------3-----------3---|-------3-----------3---|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-------------------2---|
|-1-----------2---------|-3-----------3---------|-3---------------------|

 Am          Am/G        D7/F#        D
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |  
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-1--------------3------|-1--------------1------|-1--------------3------|
|-0--------0----------0-|-2--------0----------0-|-2--------2------------|
|-------2-----------0---|-------2-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|
|-3-----------2---------|-0---------------------|-----------------------|
|-----------------------|-------------3---------|-2-----------2---------|

                         Fsus2
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|----------------3------|
|-3--------------3------|-1--------------1------|-1---------------------|
|-2--------2------------|-0--------0----------2-|----------0----------0-|
|-------0-----------0---|-------3-----------3---|-------3-----------3---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-2-----------2---------|-1-----------1---------|-1-----------1---------|

                         G                       G/F#         G          
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-3---------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|----------------1-h3---|-3--------------1-^0---|----------0------------|
|-----------------------|-0---------------------|-2---------------------|
|-------3-----------3---|-------0-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-1-----------1---------|-3-----------3---------|-2-----------3---------|


  Em                                 G/F#        G                       
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-3--------------3------|-3---------------------|-3--------------1-^0---|
|-0--------0----------0-|-0---------------------|-0---------------------|
|-------2-----------2---|-------2-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-0-----------0---------|-0-----------2---------|-3-----------3---------|

 G/F#         G           Em                                 G/F#
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|----------0------------|-3--------------3------|-3---------------------|
|-2---------------------|-0--------0----------0-|-0---------------------|
|-------0-----------0---|-------2-----------2---|-------2-----------0---|...
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-2-----------3---------|-0-----------0---------|-0-----------2---------|

end :
---

 G                       G/F#         G           Em                    
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-3--------1-----0------|----------0------------|-3--------1-----0------|
|-0--------0------------|-2--------0------------|-0--------0----------0-|
|-------0-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|-------2-----------2---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-3-----------3---------|-2-----------3---------|-0-----------0---------|

              G/F#       G                       G/F#         G          
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|----------------0------|-3--------1-----0------|----------0------------|
|-------0-----------0---|-0--------0------------|-2---------------------|
|-------2-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-0-----------2---------|-3-----------3---------|-2-----------3---------|

  Em                                 G/F#        G                       
  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |    
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-3--------3----------3-|----------3------------|-3--------1-----0------|
|-0--------------0------|----0-----------0------|-0--------0-----0------|
|-------2-----------2---|-------2-----------0---|-------0-----------0---|
|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
|-0-----------0---------|-0-----------2---------|-3-----------3---------|
                                                    slow down
 C/G                     G
  |     |     |     |     |
|-----------------------|-3
|-1--------------1------|-0
|-0--------0------------|-0
|-------2-----------2---|-0
|-----------------------|-x
|-3-----------3---------|-3



LYRICS:
------

Tommy had a watch, a good kind of watch
It wouldn't tell time if you asked it
Didn't have a face, just an ear and an eye
To see him with.

Tommy stole candy from the cornerstore
And gave it to the mice he built a home for
By the side of the heater, next to his guitar
That he could neither play nor destroy.

Tommy wrote a letter to the office of iniquity
Demanding a history of his actions
But the letter was returned just 2 days gone-
There was no office of iniquity.

Tommy couldn't see so well and he didn't have a radio
He'd talk to himself in different voices
Or sing to himself in a Russian dialect
Invented on a Sunday afternoon.

Tommy stole a limp and he borrowed a demeanor
So he'd scare anybody who'd want to talk away
'Cause they frightened him so bad that he'd pee down his legs
As he tried, very hard, to find the words.

Tommy wore the helmet of a frustrated miner
Digging for words as though gold
Standing in the mud in his dark gray fedora
Wearing his knee-patched dungarees.

Tommy was alone when the fire started
High behind the wheel of a colt 45
With a clip full of ether and a bucket full of gas
And a belly full of turpentine.

Tommy made sure there was no one in danger
By knocking on each door like a madman
Then he locked himself in and did the whirling dervish
Tipped the candle over on the floor.

Tommy fell asleep before the diremen came
Which was good because they scared him anyway
All that they found were the mice inside the fridge
In a box, with some cheese
And a handwarmer, run on batteries.

Tommy was a good man. Nobody Knew.
Tommy was a good man. Nobody Knew.
 

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