Midnight Special chords and lyrics

by Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • Midnight Special is a traditional folk song first published in 1905. The song was first popularized by Huddie William "Lead Belly" Ledbetter in 1934 and many versions have been recorded since then.
  • This version by Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) was recorded on their 1969 album - Willy and the Poor Boys.
  • Music: D Major in 2/2 time at ~ 62 bpm
  • Chords: D, G, G7, A7,

Midnight Special by CCR

 D                          G                                  D   
1. Well you wake up in the mor-ning__ You hear the work bell ring
                           A7                            D    
   And I march you to the table__ You see the same old thing
                           G                                D    
   Ain't no food up-on the ta-ble__ And the fork up in the pan
                           A7                                      D | (Drums) | 
   But you better not com-plain boy__ You get in trouble with the man
            
                           G                          D 
Chorus: Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a light on me
                          A7                          D 
        Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a light on me
                           G                          D 
        Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a light on me
                          A7                                      D 
        Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a ever-loving light on me
     
                     G7                                 D  
2. Yon-der come Miss Ro-sie__ How in the world did ya' know
                            A7                            D 
   By the way she wears her ap-ron__ And the clothes she wore
                      G7                                 D 
   Um-brel-la on her shoul-der__ Piece of pa-per in her hand
                        A7                               D 
   She came to see her gov’-nor__ She wants to free her man

                           G                          D 
Chorus: Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a light on me
                          A7                          D 
        Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a light on me
                           G                          D 
        Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a light on me
                          A7                                      D 
        Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a ever-loving light on me

                       G7                             D  
3. If you're ev-er in Hous-ton__ Woah you bet-ter do right
                    A7                             D 
   You bet-ter not gam-ble__ And you bet-ter not fight at all
                             G7                                     D 
   Woah the sher-riff he'll grab you__ And the boys will bring you down
                       A7                              D 
   The next thing you know boy__ Well you're pri-son bound

                          G7                          D 
Chorus: Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a light on me
                          A7                          D 
        Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a light on me
                          G7                          D 
        Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a light on me
                          A7                                      D 
        Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a ever-loving light on me

                          G7                          D 
Chorus: Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a light on me
                          A7                          D 
        Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a light on me
                          G7                          D 
        Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a light on me                   
                          A7                                      D  
        Let the Mid-night Spe-cial__ Shine a ever-loving light on me...




Other songs by CCR on this site:
D Major
Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs  
           D                  G                 G7                 A7 
    e|---|-2-|---|     e|---|---|-2-|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|-3-|---|
    G|---|-1-|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|-1-|---|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|-2-|     E|---|---|-3-|     E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          D                  G                 G7                 A7
    |---|-2-|---|e     |-3-|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|e
    |-3-|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|-3-|---|B
    |---|-1-|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D
   x|---|---|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A     |---|---|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E     |-2-|---|---|E     |-3-|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
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