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I Am A Town  Mary Chapin Carpenter

[INTRO:] 
  [D(9)/F#]        [D(9]         [E7sus4]                 [D(9)/F#]        [D(9]         [E7sus4]                         
E ----------------|--------0-------|----------------|--------0-------|
A ------0-------0-|----------0-----|------0-------0-|----------0-----|
E ----0-------0---|------0---------|----0-------0---|------0---------|
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)
||  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---------------|

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]                        
E ----------------|--------0-------|----------------|--------0-------|
A ------0-------0-|----------0-----|------0-------0-|----------0-----|
E ----0-------0---|------0---------|----0-------0---|------0---------|
C#----------------|----1-------0---|----------------|----1-------0---|
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-------| *||
E ----0-------0---|------0---------|----0-------0---|------0---------|  ||
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-------|
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---------------|4---------------|0---------------|0---------------|

My porches sag and lean with old black men and children;
  [F#m9]                 [F#m9]                 [D(9]                 [D(9]                        
E --------0-------|----------0-----|--------------0-|----------0-----|
A ------0---0-----|--------0-------|--------0-------|--------0-------|
E ----4-----------|------4---------|------2---2-----|------2---------|
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]                        
E ----------------|----------0-----|----------------|----------0-----|
A ------0-------0-|--------0-------|------0-------0-|--------0-------|
E ----0-------0---|------0---------|----0-------0---|------0---------|
C#----------------|----1-------0---|----------------|----1-------0---|
A --5-------5-----|--2-----------0-|--5-------5-----|--2-----------0-|
D 4-------0-------|2---------------|4-------0-------|2---------------|

town.

  [D(9)/F#]        [D(9]         [E7sus4]                 [D(9)/F#]        [D(9]         [E7sus4]                        
E ----------------|----------0-----|----------------|----------0-----|
A ------0-------0-|--------0-------|------0-------0-|--------0-------|
E ----0-------0---|------0---------|----0-------0---|------0---------|
C#----------------|----1-------0---|----------------|----1-------0---|
A --5-------5-----|--2-----------0-|--5-------5-----|--2-----------0-|
D 4-------0-------|2---------------|4-------0-------|2---------------|

                                          [Back to beginning of verse 3...] 


[SOLO:] 
  [F#m9]                 [F#m9/E]                 [D(9]                 [D(9]                       
E ----------0-----|----------0-----|----------0-----|----------0-----|
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-------|
E ------4---------|------4---------|------2---------|------2---------|
C#----0-------0---|----0-------0---|----1-------1---|----1-------1---|
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]                       
E ----------------|----------0-----|----------------|--------0-------|
A ------0-------0-|--------0-------|------0-------0-|------0---------|
E ----0-------0---|------0---------|----0-------0---|------------0---|
C#----------------|----1-------0---|----------------|----1-----------|
A --5-------5-----|--2-----------0-|--5-------5-----|--2-------------|
D 4-------0-------|2---------------|4-------0-------|2---------------|

Ahhhhh..... I'm a


[ENDING:] 
       [D(9)/F#]        [D(9]         [E7sus4]                 [D(9)/F#]        [D(9]         [E7sus4]                  
     E ----------------|----------0-----|----------------|----------0-----|
     A ------0-------0-|--------0-------|------0-------0-|--------0-------|
     E ----0-------0---|------0---------|----0-------0---|------0---------|
     C#----------------|----1-------0---|----------------|----1-------0---|
     A --5-------5-----|--2-----------0-|--5-------5-----|--2-----------0-|
     D 4-------0-------|2---------------|4-------0-------|2---------------|

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-------|
E ----0-------0---|------0---------|----0-------0---|------0---------|
C#----------------|----1-------0---|----------------|----1-------0---|
A --5-------5-----|--2-----------0-|--5-------5-----|--2-----------0-|
D 4-------0-------|2---------------|4-------0-------|2---------------|

town. Southbound.

  [D(9)/F#]        [D(9]         [E7sus4]                 [D(9)/F#]        [D(9]         [E7sus4]                       
E ----------------|----------0-----|------0---------|----------0-----|
A ------0-------0-|--------0-------|----0---------0-|--------0-------|
E ----0-------0---|------0---------|------------0---|------0---------|
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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