Watch the Keep It Clean online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Americana Greatest Hits

Lesson Source: Paul Rishell's Dirt Road Blues

Let's learn another Charley Jordan song; "Keep it Clean" (Vocalion, Chicago 1930). There's a lot of string pinching too. Jordan recorded three versions of the song, and lyrics to at least two of them can be found online. It's based on the "dozens," a rhyming insult game which exists in many different cultures. The guitar is capoed up to the second fret and we're in standard tuning. It's a good example of a song where you're playing something different than what you're singing. "Keep it Clean" also features Travis-type alternate thumb picking on the E and D string on the 1 chord.