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A CARROT & A WHIP

WORDS & MUSIC:   Earl P. Reinhalter


       INTRO:  E

               A                       E
           I.  when I was a boy in Oklahoma,
                 F#                                         B7
               I used to go fishin' an' I'd swim without my clothes.
                 A                                   E        C#m
               I loved to smell the sun when I's out walkin'
                   F#                                    B7
               an' feel them dirt clods comin' 'tween my toes.
               A                           E
               one day I saw a farmer on a wagon.
                  F#                                B7
               he laid a whip down on that donkey's rear.
                  A                                        E       C#m
               in front o' that donkey's face he dangled a carrot.
                        F#               B7                 E
               an' that jackass chased a dream an' ran from fear.


                                 G#
    CHORUS A:  that farmer had a carrot and a whip,
               E
               carrot and a whip.
                           C               D
               I thought, "only a dumb ol' jackass
                     E
               would fall for that kind o' trick."


                   A                            E
          II.  the other day a preacher came to see me,
               F#                              B7
               told me I was doomed to burn in Hell.
                       A                       E        C#m
               but, he said if I took up his religion,
                  F#                             B7
               my soul would go to Heaven for to dwell.
                            A
               well, he was whippin' my back with Hell
                           E
               and holding Heaven in front o' my face.


                                   G#
    CHORUS B:  it was just another carrot and a whip,
               E
               carrot and a whip.
                       C                 D
               well, I ain't gonna be no jackass,
                             E
               I ain't gonna fall for that kind o' trick. No!


INSTRUMENTAL:  G# - E


               A                           E
         III.  on the street I saw a demonstration.
                    F#                              B7
               this gal came over to give me some advice.
                   A                                    E         C#m
               she told me I was oppressed and I should join her
                  F#                            B7
               to help her build a workers' paradise.
                                    A
               "oh," she said, "the nation is a jail,"
                             E
               and she held utopia in front o' my nose.


                               G#
    CHORUS C:  uh-oh, one more carrot and a whip,
               E
               carrot and a whip.
                 C                 D
               I ain't gonna be no jackass,
                               E
               I ain't a-gonna fall for that kind o' trick.
                           G#
               ain't gonna fall!


INSTRUMENTAL:  G# -  E - A9/E - E - A9/E - E
(like chorus)  E - G6/E  (8 times)


               A                                 E
          IV.  whenever someone wants to be your master,
                    F#                                                B7
               they say you're ill, but their medicine can help you relax.
                          A                                   E        C#m
               well, I've heard it said, "we wouldn't need no doctors
                  F#                         B7         E
               if only there weren't so many hypochondriacs."


                                 G#
    CHORUS D:  watch out for the carrot and a whip,
               E
               carrot and a whip.
               C               D
               don't you be no jackass,
                         E
               don't you fall for that kind o' shit.


                                 G#
    CHORUS E:  watch out for the carrot and a whip,
               E
               carrot and a whip.
               C               D
               don't you be no jackass,
                         E - G6/E - E - G6/E - etc.
               don't you fall

               for that kind o' trick,
                                           A9/E  -  E
               for the carrot and a whip.

               don't fall!

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