The Drifter

written by Carla Olson/Tom Junior Morgan/Joe Reed

 

Carla Olson vocals/acoustic guitar
Gene Clark vocals/acoustic guitar
Roscoe Beck bass
J Michael Huey drums
Otha Young acoustic guitar
Ed Black steel guitar

G
C                          G
Jesse and the padre try to keep things cool
D       C                   G
Knowing exactly how to make stone into jewels
C                                 G
The judge was the kind of man who always talked fast
D                       C
And the way things were going
    G                     G/F#
His world wouldn't last

Em C   D                 Em   C
   The desperados make a plan
   D                    Em C
To set the town on fire
C   D                             Em C
And when they try to make a stand
C         D
They were ambushed at the wire
    G
The drifter never stays to fight
                                   G/F# Em
He keeps running till he's way out of   sight
                   D
But it gets him nowhere
        G
And the drifter never pays the price
                         G/F#        Em
He's running through the day and the night
                     D             C     G
But  he's running to nowhere
C                                       G
The judge said boys don't you know this town is mine
D                  C                          G
Don't going try to change it  everything will be just fine
C                       G
Those desperadoes don't pay them no mind
D         C                     G              G/F# Em
Everybody knows that they can't read or write
C   D                           Em C
The judge put Jesse in the jail
D                          Em C
Although there is no crime
    D                            Em C
The padre tried to get him out
       D
With a stick of dynamite
    G
The drifter never stays to fight
                               G/F#   Em
He keeps running till he's way out of sight
                D
But it gets him nowhere
        G
And the drifter never pays a price
                         G/F#        Em
He's running through the day and the night
                     D
But  he's running to nowhere
    C       G   F   G   F   G    Em   Bm  C  Am  D    G
Oh no...
C                                 G
The drifter knows he can't always go with the tide
D              C                      G
The time will come when he'll have to choose up sides
C                               G
Which way will he go will it be left or right
D              C                 G
The judge says things are either black or white

Em C   D                 Em   C
   The desperados make a plan
   D                    Em C
To set the town on fire
C   D                             Em C
And when they try to make a stand
C         D
They were ambushed at the wire
    G
The drifter never stays to fight
                                   G/F# Em
He keeps running till he's way out of   sight
                   D
But it gets him nowhere
        G
And the drifter never pays the price
                         G/F#        Em
He's running through the day and the night
                     D             C     G
But  he's running to nowhere

 

 

From Gene Clark & Carla Olson "So Rebellious A Lover"