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GOOFUS
Words by Gus Kahn, Music by Wayne King and William Harold - 1930
Intro:
D7 - - -
Chorus:
D7             Bm            D7            Bm           G              Em            G            Em            
D7             Bm D7            Bm G              Em G           Gdim
D7             Bm D7            Bm G              Em G            Em
E7 A7 D7 G
Bridge:
G - F# -
F - E7             A7 D            D7
G - F# -
F - E7             A7 D            D7
Chorus:
D7            Bm D7            Bm G              Em G            Em
D7            Bm D7            Bm G              Em G           Gdim
D7            Bm D7            Bm G              Em G            Em
E7 A7 D7 G    (repeat chorus)
Ending:
D7 - - G          (End)
8-beat intro.  Play 4-beats for each cell, reading from left to right.
Note: This song is in the key of G, but starts with a D7 chord.
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Intro:
(No Lyrics)
 
Chorus:
I was born on a farm out in I - o - way,  A flam - ing youth who was bound that he'd fly a - way,
I packed my grip and I grabed my old banj - jo.
Can't read notes, but I play an - y - thing by ear,  I made up tunes on the sounds that I used to hear.
When I'd start to play folks used to say, "Sounds a lit -tle Goo - fus to me."
 
Bridge:
Corn - fed chords ap - peal to me,  I like rus - tic har - mon - y,
Hold the note and change the key,  That's called "Goof - us."
Not ac - cord - ing to the rules,  That you learn at mus - ic schools,
But the folks just dance like fools,  They go "Goof - us."
 
Chorus:
Got a job but I just could - n't keep it long,  The lead - er said that I played all the mus - ic wrong,
So I stepped out with an out - fit of my own.
Got to - geth - er a new kind of or - ches - tree,  And we all played just the same "goo - fus" har - mon - y,
And I must ad - mit we made a hit, "Goo - fus" has been luck - y for me.
 
Ending:
(No Lyrics)
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Sound Clip
Listen to Jim play "Goofus" on the plectrum and 5-string banjos
Watch Jim and Barbara Faustine play "Goofus" on Youtube
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Arranged by Jim Bottorff
 
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email: jbott@ix.netcom.com