Songs By Jerry Jeff Walker
On The Acoustic

Welcome to my songs by Jerry Jeff Walker page where you'll find free Jerry Jeff Walker guitar chords and lyrics in a free pdf download, as well as some free acoustic guitar demos on several Jerry Jeff Walker greatest hits.

songs by jerry jeff walker

 Born - March 16, 1942 – Died October 23, 2020 - (age 78)

As I don't read music, there are no Jerry Jeff Walker tabs on this page but help yourself to the free chord sheets, demos rhythm tips and more.

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Songs By Jerry Jeff Walker
Demos, Chords, Lyrics, Tutorials

1. Gypsy Songman

Not only was this the name of a song, but it was a nickname for Jerry Jeff Walker. That name he legally changed his name to in the late 1960s from his brith name Ronald Clyde Crosby.

This song hails from his 1999 album Gypsy Songman: A Life In Song".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = a steady root down up down up down up and then repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, F and a C7
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2. I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight

This song was released as a single back in 1989 from his album "Live At Gruene Hall".

The song peaked at #70 on the US Country Charts.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a down down up down up, and repeat - also pick the strings on the chords as you move around on this number
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, G, Am, Em, F, E7 and an Am/G

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3. Little Bird

Jerry Jeff often played this song with a capo on the 2nd fret, but the arrangements and his lyrics seemed to vary from several versions I listened to online.

This song was never released as a single but he performed it often in live shows. 

You can find this song on Jerry Jeff Walkers debut album "Mr Bojangles" from 1968 as well as on his "Viva Terlingua" live album from 1983.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = a root down root up down up pattern, which is a common pattern in many country songs
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D, D/Gb, Em
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4. Mr Bojangles

Mr Bojangles was a song written by Jerry Jeff Walker after spending a night in jail and running into this character he describes from the lyrics in the song. It's been recorded by many artists including The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sammy Davis Jr and others. 

The song appeared on his debut album from 1968 entitled "Mr Bojangles". The song reached # 77 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, G6, Am, G, Am/G, F, E7, D/Gb
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5. Navajo Rug

Ian Tyson and others have recorded this song but the Jerry Jeff Walker Navajo Rug version has different lyrics, so just be aware. 

This song can be found on the 1991 album "Navajo Rug" but the song was not released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = a root down up down up down up and repeat or play some bass notes and use root down up bass up down up, but only on certain chords will you have the time
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Em, C, D, Am
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6. Pickup Truck Song

This was another track from his 1989 live album "Live At Gruene Hall" that was released as a single.

The song reached #62 0n the US Country Charts. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = a root down up root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, F, G, D7, Am, G6 and an Am/G
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7. What I Like About Texas

This song hails from an album from 2006 called "The Best Of The Rest".

As popular as this song is, it was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = a down up stop up down up stop up and repeats. When I say stop I mean a brief pause where you can play a snare drum beat on the strings
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D, Bm and an Am
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You've seen on this songs by Jerry Jeff Walker page you have a variety of songs with no picking and on the other pages a little picking and fast picking.

I've also discussed the various rhythm patterns, capo position and chords needed along with free demos and chord sheets. If this page was useful and helpful, feel free to share it with the like bottom in the upper right corner. It's greatly appreciated.

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