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The Pretender  Jackson Browne



       [G]  [C/G]      [C]     [D]  [G/B]       [Am7]    [Em]    [B7]     [A9]    [A9/G]                                         
E    -3----0-----0----2----3-------0------0-----2-----3------3-----------|

B -0----1-----1----3----3-------1------0-----4-----2------2-----------|
G -0----0-----0----2----0-------0------0-----2-----4------4-----------|
D -0----2-----2----0----0-------2------2-----4-----2------2-----------|
A -x----3-----3---------2-------0------2------2-----0------0----------|
E -3----3-------------------------------------------------------3-----|
D/F# G/D D/C D#o7
E    ---x---------3-------2--------2--------------------------|

B ---3---------3-------3--------1--------------------------|
G ---2---------0-------2--------2--------------------------|
D ---x---------x-------x--------1--------------------------|
A ---x---------5-------3-----------------------------------|
E ----2----------------------------------------------------|

Intro Part 1:

E    -7---------7--------7h8---------------8-----------8----------8-------|

B -8--8--------8------------7s8--10----8---8----------8----------------|
G -7------7--------7----------------------9------9----------9----------|
D -0---------0--------0------------------10---------10--------10-------|
A ---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E ---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E --------8----------|-------------------------------|
B -8---------8------|--------------------------------|
G ----9----------9--|---REPEAT-----------------------|
D -------10---------|--------------------------------|
A -------------------|-------------------------------|
E --------------------|------------------------------|

Intro Part 2:

E    -3--------------------------|---------------------|

B -3--0--1--0------0-------|------------------------|
G -0--0--0--0---2--0--0--|-REPEAT-------------------|
D -----0--2--0---2--0--2--|-------------------------|
A -----------------3------3--|----------------------|
E -3----------------------3--|----------------------|

Verse 1:
I'm gonna rent mysel[G]f a house in the shade of the freeway,            [C/G]
Gonna pac[C]k my lunch in the morning, and go to work each day
And when the evening [G]rolls around,           [C]
I'll go on ho[G]me and lay my body down         [C]
And when the morning[G] light comes streaming in                   [D]
I'll get up and do it again    [C]   [G/B]   Amen[Am7]     [G]
Say it again   [C]   [G/B]          [Am7] Amen[G]

D    -----------0-------------------------|

A --2---3------------------------------|

Verse 2

I want to know wha[G]t became of the changes,
We waited for love to[C/G] bring
Were they only t[G]he fitful dreams
Of some greater  awakening  [D]        [C]
I've been awar[G]e of the time going by         [C]
They say in the end it'[G]s the wink of an eye          [C]
And when the morning[G] light comes streaming in                    [D]
You'll get up and do it again       [C]  A[G/B]men  [Am7]     [G]
Caught between the longing fo[D]r love
             [C]                       [Em] [B7]
And the struggle for the legal tender
Where the sirens[C/G] sing and the churchbells ring
And the junk[Em]man pounds his fender
Where the veter[C]ans dream of the fight,        [G]
Fast asle[B7]ep at the traffic light  [Em]
And the child[A9]ren solemnly wait for th[A9/G]e ice cream vendor         [D/F#]
[Em]           Out into the cool of the evening, strolls the pretender
He knows that all his[C] hopes and dreams             [D]
Begin and end th[G]ere

E    -----------------------------------3---------------|

B --------3--5----------------------0----------------|
G --2s4---------4--2-0-2-0-----0---------------------|
D -------------------------------2-------------------|
A ---------------------------------------------------|
E -----------------------------------3---------------|

[C]Ah laughter of the lovers as they run through the night          [G]
[C]Leaving nothing for the others but to choose off and fight          [Em]
D#O7 G/D C
And tear at the world with all their might
While the ships[G/D] bearing their dreams    [Em]
Sail out of si[G/D]ght     [D]

Verse 3
I'm gonna find[G] myself a girl,
Who can show me what laughter means [C/G]
Then we'll fill[G] in the missing colors in each others             [D]
Paint by number dreams   [C]
And then we'll put ou[G]r dark glasses on            [C]
And we'll make love un[G]til our strength is gone          [C]
And when the morning[G] light comes streaming in                   [D]
We'll get up and do it again        [C]   [G/B]     [Am7]     [G]
Get it up again  [C]   [G/B]     [Am7]     [G]
[Em]I'm gonna be a happy idiot, and struggle for the legal tender
[B7]        Where the ads [C/G]take aim, and lay their claim
To the hea[Em]rt and the soul of the spender
And believ[C]e in whatever may lie         [G]
In those thing[B7]s that money can buy          [Em]
Though true lov[A9]e could[A9/G] have been a contender        [D/F#]
[Em]    [D]       Are you [C]there, say a pra[D]yer for the pretender       [Em]
                   [C]                 [D] [G]
Who started out so young and strong only to surrender

Over Intro Part 2:

[G]Say a prayer for the pretender         [C]
[G]Are you there for the pretender        [C]
[G]Are you prepared for the pretender etc.     [C]

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