Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 14:32:35 -0300
From: Tim Wartman
Subject: Chords: A better place to be by Harry Chapin
This is my favorite Harry Chapin tune. I thought others might like it too.
It's pretty simple to play.
D Dmaj7 D7 G
It was an early morning barrom and the place just opened up
and the little man came in so fast and he started at his cup
D DMAJ7 D7 G
and the broad who served the whiskey was a big old friendly girl
who tried to fight her empty nights by smiling at the world
G A F#M B7
and she said hey bub it's been a while since you've been around
EM A G D
where the hell have you been hiding and why you look so down
G A G A D
Well the little man just sat there like he'd never heard a sound
CM G Bb F
the waitress she gave out with a cough and acting not the least put off
she spoke once again
D G EM
She said I don't want to bother you consider it's understood
A EM A EM D
I know I'm not no beauty queen but I sure can listen good.
G A EM D
And the little man took his drink in his hand and he raise it to his lips
G D EM A D
He took a couple of sips and he told the waitress his story.
D AM C G D
I am the midnight watchman down at Miller's tool and dime
G F#M BM Cmaj7
I watch the metal rusting, I watch the time go by
A G F#M B7
a week ago at the diner I stopped to get a bite
EM A G EM D
and this here lovely lady she sat two seats from my right
G G EM A,G,G D
And lord, lord, lord she was alright.
She was so damn beautiful that she could warm a winter's frost
but she look long past lonely and I, I was lost
I'm not much of a mover or a pick em up easy guy
but I decided to glide on over and give it one good try
and lord lord lord she was worth a try
Tongue tied like a schoolboy, I stammerred out some words
it did not seem to matter much, cause I don't think she heard
She just looked clear on through me, to a place back in my head
It shamed me into silence as quietly she said
If you want me to come with you than that's alright with me
cause I know I'm going nowhere and anywhere's a better place to be
Well I drove her to my boarding house and I took her up to my room
and I went to turn on the only light to brighten up the gloom
but she said please leave the light on, I don't mind the dark
and as her clothes all tumbled round her, I could hear my heart.
The moonlight shone upon her as she lay back in my bed
it was the kind of thing I only had imagined in my head
I just could not believe it , to think that she was real
and as I tried to tell her, she said, shhh I know just how you feel
and lord, lord, lord, she was alright.
Well the morning came so swiftly as I held her in my arms
She slept like a baby snug and safe from harm
I did not want to share her or dare to break the mood
so before she woke I went out to buy us both some food
I came back with my paper bag
to find that she was gone
she'd left a six word letter saying
it's time that I moved on.
You know the waitress she took her bar rag and she wiped it across her eyes
and as she spoke her voice came out as something like a sigh
She said I wish that I was beautiful or that you were halfway blind
I wish I weren't so goddamned fat, I wish that you were mine
and I wish that you'd come with me when I leave for home
for we both know all about emptiness and living all alone.
And the little man looked at the empty glass in his hand
and he smile a crooked grin
He said, I, I guess I'm outta gin
and I know we both have been so lonely.