Rag Mama Rag
by J.R.Robertson. Album: The Band
I heard Danko and Helm
perform this song in a tiny legendary bar in Greenwich Village
called Folk City. The bar has since closed down but what a night
that was. It was Levon on mandolin and Rick on guitar, the place was
packed with not a sober eye in sight.
The song has a real earthy woodshed feel to it.
-D- | -D- | -D- | -G- Rag Mama Rag, | I | can't believe its | true. -D- | -D- | -D- | -D- Rag Mama Rag, | A - | what did you do? | I -D- | -D/C- | -G- | -C7- crawled up to the | railroad track, let the | four nine-teen | scratch my back. -D- | -D- | -D- | -D- | | Shag mama shag | now -D- | -D- | -D- | -D- whats come over you | | Rag Mama Rag, | I'm a -D- | -G- | -D- | -D- pulling out your gag. | Gon-na | turn you lose like an | old caboose, Got a tail -D- | -D- | -A- | -A- I need a drag. | I | ask about your | turtle, and -C- | -C- | -G- | -G- you ask about the weath | -er, Well, | I can't jump the | hurdle and we -G- | -G- | -A- | -A- can't get to-geth | er. | We could be re - | lax-ing -A- | -A- | -A- | -A- in my sleeping bag, | But | All you want to do | for me mama is a -D- | -D- | -G- | -G- Rag Mama Rag. | Theres | no-where to go, | -D- | -D- | -D- | -D- Rag Mama Rag. | Come on re- | sin up the bow. | -D- | -D- | -D- | -G- Rag Mama Rag, | | where do ya roam? | -D- | -D- | -A- | Rag Mama Rag, | bring your | skinny little body right home.| -D- | -D- | -D7- | -D7- Its | dog eat dog and cat | eat mouse, you can | -G- | -C- | -C- | -C- Rag Mama Rag all over | my house. | | -D- | -Bm | -C- | -G- Hail stones beatin on | the roof, the | bourbon is a | hundred proof, its -D- | -Bm- | -C- | -G- you and me and the | telephone | Our destiny is quite | well known. -D- | -D- | -C- | -C- We don't need to sit | and brag. | All we gotta do is | Rag -G- | | -D- | -D- Mama Rag | | Rag Mama Rag. | -D- | -G- | -D- | -D- Where do you roam? | | Rag Mama Rag, | bring your -G- | -D- | -D- | -D- skinny little body back | | | home