Midnight Special chords

by CCR

  • 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

Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
  
 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
   But you better not com-plain boy   You get in trouble with the man   | (Drums) |
            
                          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...

🗝 D Major

Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note

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