George Strait - "Ace In The Hole"

Ace In The Hole

notated by Greg Vaughn

As written in Bb, this song may be difficult for some of you (I still
can't make all the chord switches smoothly) so I've included a simplified
version in A. You can play these chords along with the recording if you
capo the first fret.

You've got to have an ace in the hole
D7 A A7
Eb7 Bb Bb7
A little secret that nobody knows
D D#dim7 A/E F#7
Eb Edim7 Bb/F Bb(#5)/F# G7#5
Life is a gamble, a game we all play
B7 E E7
C7 F F7
But you need to save something for a rainy day
You've got to learn to play your card right
D7 A A7
Eb7 Bb Bb7
If you expect to win in life
D D#dim7 A/E F#7
Eb6 Edim7 Bb/F G7#5
Don't put it all on the line for just one roll
B7 E7 A
C7 F7 Bb(x13331)
You've got to have an ace in the hole

2: If you're headed down a one way street
And you're not sure it's the way you wanna go
In money or love or all the above
Have a little more than what you show
When life deals out a surprise
Have a few surprises of your own
No matter what you do, no matter where you go
You've got to have an ace in the hole

Chords I use (but they are by no means the only choice):
I still am not comfortable with the Bb(#5)/F#

Bb Eb7 Bb7 Eb Edim7 Bb/F G7#5
1111116 :111116 1111116 :111116 |||1||6 :|||116 ::11113
|||2|| :||||| |||2|| :||||| |2|||| :||2|| ::|34|
|34||| :|3|4| |3|||| :|333| ||3|4| :34|||

C7 F F7 Eb6 I often use plain Eb
:111113 111111 111111 |:1||:10 instead of Eb6.
:||||| |||2|| |||2|| 2:||3:
:|3|4| |34||| |3|||| |:|4|:

To really get the Western Swing sound you want to hit the bass notes
on beats 1 and 3 and strum the whole chord on 2 and 4, but muffle it
quickly to get a percussive BOOM-chick BOOM-chick sound. If any of
you are more adventurous and would like some "swing-ier" sounding
chords, I've got some suggestions from Bo Parker that I'll be happy
to share with you.