How to play: “Maybe”

This is the title track of sorts off of our second record, The First Time You Got Scared. It’s called “Maybe,” but that’s the first line of the second verse and Sam thought it sounded cool and so, voila, the name of a record. Nice of him to consult everyone.

Anyhoo … some of you may find this similar to just about every song that Bob Dylan wrote, but that’s kind of unfair since these are all the best chords and Dylan can’t just have them. You can make a lot of hay with these four chords. We recommend you learn them and keep them handy for other bluegrass and folks songs.

Verse: G D Am C G D C C

Chorus: G D Am C G D Am Am

Verse 1

G                               D                    Am                           C
Whaddaya gonna do, when it all comes down to you?

G                               D                             C                           C
Whaddaya gonna do when they’re gone?

G                               D                 Am                           C
Whaddaya gonna be when it all comes down to history?

G                               D                             C                           C
When you gonna find out what you want?


G             D     Am C                               G
Maybe, oh, maybe you’re coming home

Maybe you’re not

G             D     Am C                               G
Maybe, oh, maybe you’re coming home

Maybe you’re not

Verse 2

G         D                    Am                           C
I saw you the first time you go scared

G        D                         C                           C
I saw you caught in a lie

G            D                          Am                           C
I saw it all when you’re pushed up against the wall

G           D                             C                           C
I think maybe I saw you die


Verse 3

G              D                   Am              C
You told me it would all be alright

G                      D                             C                           C
You told me things would be fine

G                     D                                   Am                           C
You said the one thing wrong was playing this stupid song

G                          D                             C                           C
You said you’d see me down the line



In the last chorus, go a capella for the middle of three go-rounds. It sounds really cool if you don’t suck at singing.

Listen here and compare your singing to the Grassholes’!

How to play: “Janey”

The title track off The Outlaw Janey Jenkins, this was the first World Famous Grassholes song, written in 2003, just before birth of Sam’s first kid. It contains all his hopes and dreams for his daughter’s future. Or something like that.

Note that it’s important to start the song with a banjo “doo-doo-doo-doodle-doodle-doo” and then a bass “bum-bum-bum” walk up to the D. Very important. Like, you can’t play the song without it. Seriously.

Verse: D D C G (for as long as you’d like)

Chorus: A G A D A G A C/G

Verse 1

D                                                            C                      G
Janey cut a switchback down the steep mountainside

D                                C                 G
Faster to drive her car into town

D                                                C                      G
Asked about her methods, Janey up and lied

D                                                C                      G
Said I swear to God, those trees just fell down


A                        G
Jane, oh she’s an outlaw

A                  D
Jane, she’s such a catch, yeah

A                             G
Jane, yeah she’s an outlaw

A                   C                     G
And, Jane, she’s coming home to you

Verse 2
D                                                            C                             G
Now Janey she’s a looker, so you know that no one cared

D                                                            C                             G
If she’d a been an ugly girl they’d thrown her straight in jail

D                                                                          C                        G
But she’s the cutest thing you’ll see, the boys all stop and stare

D                                                              C                      G
They put her picture in a frame and hang it on a nail


Verse 3
D                                                            C                   G
Janey drives a pickup, she does donuts on the ice

D                                                            C                     G
All the guys, they come around, just hoping she’ll drown

D                                                                          C                        G
But even when she’s going down, she can’t say nothing nice

D                                             C                      G
Says, “I swear to god, I’m too big for this town”



A                        G
Jane, oh she’s an outlaw

A                  D
Jane, she’s such a catch

And make sure you end all staccato on the “such a catch” finish and then mute your strings so it’s nice and crisp and clean. If you’re any good, everyone will finish at the same time.

Listen here and see if it sounds the same (or better!):