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20th Century Man   Kinks

T[A]his is the age of machinery, a mechanical night[E]mare
A [A]wonderful world of technology
D G D A (riff)
Napalm, hydrogen bomb, biological warfare
T[A]his is the twentieth century, too much aggrev[E]ation
It[A]'s the age of insanity
D G D A (riff)
What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jeruselem?
A[A]in't got no ambit[G]io[G]n,[A] I'm just disillusion[G]ed[G]
D (no chord) A(riff)
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want, don't wanna be here

A D G D G D A (riff)

[A]My momma says she can't underst[G]and[G#] me [A]
Can't see me motiv[E]ation
J[A]ust give me some security
D G D A (riff)
I'm a paranoid schitzoid product of the 20th century
Y[A]ou keep all your smart modern wri[G]te[G#]rs [A]
Give me William Sha[E]kesphere
Y[A]ou keep all your smart modern painters
D G D A (riff)
I'll take Rembrant, Titian, DeVinci and Gainsborough

G[A]irl, we gotta get out of h[G]er[G#]e, [A] we gotta find a solution [G]
D (no chord) A(riff)
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want, don't wanna die here
W[A]ell, we gotta get outta h[G]er[G#]e, [A] we've gotta find a solution  [G]
D (no chord) A
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want, don't wanna be here

BRIDGE:
I was bo[Em]rn in a welfare st[A5]ate, rul[Em]ed by bureaucra[G]cy[G/F#]     [Em]
Cont[D]rolled by civil serv[Am]ants and peo[C]ple dre[C/B]ssed in gr[A5]ey
G[A5]ot no priva[Am]cy, [A5]got no liber[G]ty[G/F#]     [Em]
D A5 C C/B A (riff)
Cos the twentieth century people took it all away from me

RIFF #2 FOUR TIMES


A (no chord) G D A
Don't wanna get myself shot down
(no chord) G D A
By some trigger happy policeman
(no chord) G D
Gotta keep a hold of my sanity
I'm a twe[D]ntieth ce[F]ntury m[C]an but I do[G]n't wanna d[A]ie here

RIFF #2 FOUR TIMES

(no chord) G D A
My mama says she can't understand me
(no chord) G D A
Can't see my motivation
(no chord) G D
Ain't got no security
I'm a twen[D]tieth cen[F]tury m[C]an but I do[G]n't wanna di[A]e here

RIFF #2 (repeat ...)

I don't want twentieth century man, I don't want twentieth century man
I don't want twentieth century man, I don't want twentieth century man
[A]This is the twentieth centur[G]y [D]  [A]
Too much aggrevation  [G]  [D]  [A]
This is the age of insanit[G]y [D]
I'm a twen[D]tieth cen[F]tury m[C]an but I d[G]on't wanna b[A]e here


RIFF:
'A' chord
----------------------------|
-------------------3-3-3-2--|
-------------------2-2-2-2--|   repeat
-------------------4-4-4-2--|
----0-5p0-5p0---0-----------|
--------------0-------------|


RIFF #2:
  [A]            [G]       [G/F#]        [Em]                                                 
------------------------------------|
----3-3-2---------0------0----------|
----2-2-2---------0------0----------|
----4-4-2---0---0------0------0-----|
--0-------0-------------------------|
--------------3------2------0-------|


NOTE: Pick notes on the bridge, strum all other times. The riffs are
approximate, to give the general idea. The bridge has been altered a bit
to make it sound better for guitar. This is the way the song goes in my
mind.
(from Muswell Hilbillies, 1971)
(sent by Harlan at harlat@hawaii.edu)

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