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I Am a Town  Mary Chapin Carpenter

way to do it.]
[INTRO:] 
[D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4] [D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4]  
 
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 A ------0-------0- ----------0----- ------0-------0- ----------0-----
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 C#---------------- ----1-------0--- ---------------- ----1-------0---
 A --5-------5----- --2-----------0- --5-------5----- --2-----------0-
 D 4-------0------- 2--------------- 4-------0------- 2--------------- 

[repeat intro as necessary] I'm a
[VERSE:] 
[A/E] [A/E] [E(4)/D] [D(9)]  
 
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 * A --------0------- --------0------- --------0------- --------0-------
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 C#----0-------0--- ----0-------0--- ----3-------0--- ----1-------1---
 * A --0-----------0- --0-----------0- --0-----------0- --0-----------0-
 D 2--------------- 2--------------- 0--------------- 0--------------- 

town in Carolina, I'm a detour on a ride; For a
peaches in September, and corn from a roadside stall; I'm the
church beside the highway where the ditches never drain; I'm a
town in Carolina, I am billboards in the fields; I'm an
[A/E] [A/E] [E(4)/D] [D(9)]  
 
 E ----------0----- ----------0----- ----------0----- ----------0-----
 A --------0------- --------0------- --------0------- --------0-------
 E ------0--------- ------0--------- ------4--------- ------2---------
 C#----0-------0--- ----0-------0--- ----3-------0--- ----1-------1---
 A --0-----------0- --0-----------0- --0-----------0- --0-----------0-
 D 2--------------- 2--------------- 0--------------- 0--------------- 

phone call and a soda, I'm a blur from the driver's side; I'm the
language of the natives, I'm a cadence and a drawl; I'm the
Baptist like my daddy, and Jesus knows my name; I am
old truck up on cinder blocks, missing all my wheels; I am
[D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4] [D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4]  
 
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 A --5-------5----- --2-----------0- --5-------5----- --2-----------0-
 D 4-------0------- 2--------------- 4-------0------- 2--------------- 

last gas for an hour if you're going twenty-five; I am
pines behind the graveyard, and the cool beneath their shade, where the
memory and stillness, I am lonely in old age; I am
Pabst Blue Ribbon, American, and "Southern Serves the South"; I am
[D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4] [D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4]  
 
 E ---------------- --------0------- -----(0)-------- ----------0-----
 A ------0-------0- ----------0----- ---(0)0-------0- --------0------- *
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 C#---------------- ----1-------0--- ---------------- ----1-------0---
 A --5-------5----- --2-----------0- --5-------5----- --2-----------0- *
 D 4-------0------- 2--------------- 4-------0------- 2--------------- 

Texaco and tobacco, I am dust you leave behind. I am [repeat]
boys have left their beer cans; I am weeds between the graves. [to bridge]
not your destination; I am clinging to my ways; I am a town. [to solo]
tucked behind the Jaycees sign, on the rural route. [to ending]
[BRIDGE:] 
[F#m9] [F#m9] [D(9)] [D(9)]  
 
 E ----------0----- ----------0----- ----------0----- ----------0-----
 A --------0------- --------0------- --------0------- --------0-------
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 C#----0-------0--- ----0-------0--- ----1-------1--- ----1-------1---
 A --0-----------0- --0-----------0- --0-----------0- --0-----------0-
 D 4--------------- 4--------------- 0--------------- 0--------------- 

My porches sag and lean with old black men and children;
[F#m9] [F#m9] [D(9)] [D(9)]  
 
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 A ------0---0----- --------0------- --------0------- --------0-------
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 C#--0---------0--- ----0-------0--- ----1-------1--- ----1-------1---
 A --------------0- --0-----------0- --0------------- --0-----------0-
 D 4--------------- 4--------------- 0--------------- 0--------------- 

Their sleep is filled with dreams, I never can fulfill them; I am a
[D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4] [D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4]  
 
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 A ------0-------0- --------0------- ------0-------0- --------0-------
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 D 4-------0------- 2--------------- 4-------0------- 2--------------- 

town.
[D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4] [D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4]  
 
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[Back to beginning of verse 3...] 
[SOLO:] 
[F#m9] [F#m9/E] [D(9)] [D(9)]  
 
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 A --------0------- --------0------- --------0------- --------0-------
 E ------4--------- ------4--------- ------2--------- ------2---------
 C#----0-------0--- ----0-------0--- ----1-------1--- ----1-------1---
 A --0-----------0- --0-----------0- --0-----------0- --0-----------0-
 D 4--------------- 2--------------- 0--------------- 0--------------- 

[F#m9] [F#m9/E] [D(9)] [D(9)]  
 
 E ----------0----- ----------0----- ----------0----- ----------0-----
 A --------0------- --------0------- --------0------- --------0-------
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 A --0-----------0- --0-----------0- --0------------- --0-----------0-
 D 4--------------- 2--------------- 0--------------- 0--------------- 

[D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4] [D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4]  
 
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Ahhhhh..... I'm a
[ENDING:] 
[D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4] [D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4]  
 
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I am a town. I am a town. I am a
[D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4] [D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4]  
 
 E ---------------- ----------0----- ---------------- ----------0-----
 A ------0-------0- --------0------- ------0-------0- --------0-------
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 D 4-------0------- 2--------------- 4-------0------- 2--------------- 

town. Southbound.
[D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4] [D(9)/F#] [D(9)] [E7sus4]  
 
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 A ------0-------0- --------0------- ----0---------0- --------0-------
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 C#---------------- ----1-------0--- ---------------- ----1-------0---
 A --5-------5----- --2-----------0- --5-------5----- --2-----------0-
 D 4-------0------- 2--------------- 4-------0------- 2--------------- 

[repeat tbese four measures several times, tben end on A (200000).] 
- Adam Schneider, schn0170@maroon.tc.umn.edu

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