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Neil Young - John Oaks

Neil Young - John Oaks Chords and Lyrics

Artist : Neil Young
Song : John Oaks

[Intro] : F G  G F  G

[Verse] : 
 G    F                      G
John Oaks is in the neighborhood
 G  F                G
Protecting all the trees
 G        F               G
He's the master of irrigation
 G       F            G
And he knows what he sees

[Verse] : 
  G    F                      G
Grape farmers watering everywhere
 G     F                    G
Pipes running where they please
 G    F                    G
John sees his laws are broken
 G      F                         G
Trees drowning where they breathe

[Verse] : 
 G   F                 G
Now John used to be a mellow man
  G       F                G
Drinking Chai and smoking weed
 G    F              G
Ain't no one in the county
 G    F                 G
Ever see'd whatever he see'd

[Chorus] : 
 G    E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks,

[Verse] : 
 G   F                 G
Old John rides in his pickup
 G    F                        G
With rakes and friends in the back
G  F                G
  Workers he takes with him
 G        F                 G
Then he drives them all back

[Verse] : 
G    F                        G
To protect them from the politicians
G      F                G
Using them to get ahead 
G   F              G
  Preying on the people
 G         F                 G
Trying to get inside their heads

[Verse] : 
 G    F               G
John Oaks is really stand-up
G   F                     G
He won't take shit lying down
G   F                G
He calls it like he sees it
 G      F              G
And he puts his money down

[Chorus] : 
 G    E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks,

[Verse] : 
 G   F                 G
One day at the demonstration
 G    F                G
John Oaks was standing up
G     F                    G
He arrived there at the location
G   F               G
In his old pickup truck

[Verse] : 
 G      F           G
Took a rake in his hand
 G       F              G
And his workers by his side
G   F                          G
  Stood there waiting for his turn
G    F                 G
To speak and turn the tide

[Verse] : 
 G        F               G
When he found himself surrounded
G   F            G
By police everywhere
 G     F                G
They tried to take his workers to jail
  G       F                 G
When he grabbed one by his hair

[Chorus] : 
 G    E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks,

[Verse] : 
G   F                 G
  Shots rang out and people yelled
G       F               G
As the police took control
 G       F               G
Shot a black man right where he fell
 G       F             G
With a sniper on the knoll

[Verse] : 
 G    F                G
John Oaks saw law and order
 G    F             G
Was leading him astray
G   F                       G
  Tried to get back in his pickup
 G        F               G
With his workers to get away

[Verse] : 
  G     F                    G
That's when the police moved in
 G    F                 G
And stood there in his way
 G     F             G
John started up his pickup
 G   F                 G
And that was his last day

[Chorus] : 
 G    E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks,

[Instrumental] : F G (x3)  
                 F C G

[Verse] : 
 G    F             G
They said he had a pistol
 G        F              G
When the old pickup backfired
 G   F                          G
And shot him there behind the wheel
 G   F                G
And then John Oaks expired

[Verse] : 
 G   F                   G
The workers grabbed the rakes
 G          F              G
And that's all that I can say
 G    F                G
They went to the cemetery
 G        F                  G
And they stay there to this day

[Chorus] : 
 G    E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks,

John Oaks

[Outro] : E  E7 (x4)

      E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks, 
      E   E7
John Oaks,

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