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Six String Orchestra  Harry Chapin

The [D]very day I purchased it I [Em]christened my guitar

As my [A]monophonic symphony six string orchestra[D]

[D]In my room I'd practice late, and [Em]they'd leave me alone

[D]My mother said, "You're nothin' yet, to make the folks write home."


I'd [F#m]play at all the talent nights, I'd [Em]finish, they'd applaud

[A]Some called in muffled laughter, I just figured they were awed

So I [D]went up for an encore, but they s[Em]creamed they'd had enough

or, m[A]aybe I just need a group to [G]help me [A]do my [D]stuff


And so I dr[G]eam a bass will join me and fil[D]l the bottom in

And m[G]aybe now some le[D]ad guitar so it wo[E]uld not sound so t[A]hin

I need so[Bm]me drums to set the beat and help me keep in time

And [D]way back in the distance some strings would sound so fine

And [G]we'd all play together like f[D]ine musicians shoul[D7]d

And [G]it would sound like [D]music and the m[E]usic would sound [A]good

But in[Bm] real life I'm stuck with that same old formula

Em A Em (individual notes:
[-]Me[D] a[-]nd[A] m[-]y [F#]mon[-]op[D]ho[-]ni[A]c symphony six string

orch[D]estra


I write [D]love songs for my favorite girl and [Em]sing 'em soft and slow

But bef[A]ore I get to finish she says she has to go  [D]

She's nice and say, "Excuse me, I've [Em]got to find a bar

I [A]think I need refreshment 'fore I hear y[G]ou p[A]lay gui[D]tar."

I [F#m]sent a demo tape I made to the re[Em]cord companies

[Bm]Two came back ad[F#m]dress unknown, one c[E]ame back C.O.[A]D.

Of [D]course I got form letters all [Em]sayin' pleasant things

Li[D]ke suggesting I should find a trade where I would not have to sing


And so I dr[G]eam a bass will join me and f[D]ill the bottom in

And m[G]aybe now some l[D]ead guitar so it w[E]ould not sound so t[A]hin

I need so[Bm]me drums to set the beat and help me keep in time

And [D]way back in the distance some strings would sound so fine

And [G]we'd all play together like f[D]ine musicians shoul[D7]d

And [G]it would sound like [D]music and the m[E]usic would sound [A]good

But in[Bm] real life I'm stuck with that same old formula

Em A Em (individual notes:
[-]Me[D] a[-]nd[A] m[-]y [F#]mon[-]op[D]ho[-]ni[A]c symphony six string

orc[D]hestra


I've been [D]takin' guitar lessons but my [Em]teacher just took leave

It was s[A]omething about a breakdown or needing a reprie[D]ve

I know I've found my future so [Em]I will persevere

And h[A]old on to my dream of makin' [G]music [A]to their ea[D]rs


And so I dr[G]eam a bass will join me and fil[D]l the bottom in

And m[G]aybe now some le[D]ad guitar so it wo[E]uld not sound so t[A]hin

I need so[Bm]me drums to set the beat and help me keep in time

And [D]way back in the distance some strings would sound so fine

And [G]we'd all play together like f[D]ine musicians shoul[D7]d

And [G]it would sound like [D]music and the m[E]usic would sound [A]good

But in[Bm] real life I'm stuck with that same old formula

Em A Em (individual notes:
[-]Me[D] a[-]nd[A] m[-]y [F#]mon[-]op[D]ho[-]ni[A]c symphony six string

orc[D]hestra


// sweden rock-festival \\

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