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Big Boss Man

As performed by The Who (9/16/79, MSG)/High Numbers (1964)

Written by Al Smith/Willie Dixon, ©1960 Conrad Music/Sony/ATV Songs LLC

Originally by Jimmy Reed, 1960

 

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transcribed by

litgo@aol.com

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E5 02xxxx

E6 04xxxx

E7 05xxxx

A5 x02xxx

A6 x04xxx

A7 x05xxx

B5 x24xxx

B6 x25xxx

B7 x26xxx and x21202

Bb5 x13xxx

 

 

[intro; main pattern]

||:E5 E5 E6 E6 E7 E7 E6 E6 :||

 

|E5...|E5... | |

Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call

|A5 A5 A6 A6 A7 A7 A6 A6

Big boss man,

|A5... |E5...

Can't you hear me when I call

|B5 B5 B6 B6 |B5 B5 B5 Bb5 A5

Well, you ain't so big, boy,

|E5 E5 E6 E6 E7 E7 E6 E6|E5 E5 B7 B7 |

You're just tall, that's all

 

Got me working, boss man, working 'round the clock

I ask for a drink of water, but you won't let me stop

Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?

Well, you ain't so big, boy, you just tall, that's all

 

Well, you got me working, boss man, working 'round the clock

I ask for a drink of water, but you won't let me stop

Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?

Well, you ain't so big, boy, you just tall, and that is all

 

[interlude]

 

You just tall and that is all

 

Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call

Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call

Well, you ain't so big, boy, you're just tall, that's all

 

Well, I'm gonna get me a bossman, one gonna treat me right

Work hard in the day time, rest easy at night

Big boss man, can't you hear me when I call?

Well, you ain't so big, boy, you're just tall, that's all

 

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litgo@aol.com

 

 

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