What Made America Famous? Harry Chapin
What Made America Famous
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[G]It was the town that made America [C]famous[C/B]
Am D G The churches full and the kids
gone to hell
[G]Six traffic lights, and seven cops
And [C]all the streets kept clea[C]n[C/B]
[Am]The supermarket and the d[D]rug store and the b[C]ars all doin' w[G]ell
[G]Now they were the folks that made America [C]famous[C/B]
Our [Am]local fire depar[C]tment stocked with [D]short-haired volunt[G]eers
[G]And on Saturday night, while America boozes
The [C]fire department showed dirty [C]movies[C/B]
The [Am]lawyer and the grocer s[C/B]eein' t[Am]heir [C/G]dreams come to life on th[Am]e movie scr[C/G]een
[F]While the plumber hopes that he [D]won't be seen, as he [C]tries to hide his fears
And he wipes away his [G]tears
But [Bb]somethin's burinin' [A]somewhere
DOES [B]ANYBODY [G]CARE?
[G]We were the kids that made America [C]famous[C/B]
The [Am]kind of kids that long since drove our [D]parents to [G]despair
[G]We were lazy long-hairs droppin' out
[C]Lost, confused, and coppin' [C]out[C/B]
[Am]Convinced our futures [D]were in doubt
[C]And tryin' not to [G]care
[G]We lived in the house that made America [C]famous[C/B]
It was a [Am]run-down slum, the [C]shame of all the [D]decent folks in [G]town
[G]We're hippies and some welfare cases
[C]Crowded families of [C]cold, black [C/B]faces
[Am]Cramped inside some cracked o[C/B]ld boar[Am]ds
[C/G]The best that we all coul[Am]d affor[C/G]d
[F]But still too fine for the [D]rich landlord to ever [C]tear it down
[G]And we could hear the sound
Of [Bb]somethin' burnin' [A]somewhere
IS A[B]NYBODY T[G]HERE?
[G]We all lived the life that made America [C]famous[C/B]
Our [Am]cops would make a point to shadow [D]us around our [G]town
[G]And we love children put a swastika on the [C]bright red firehouse [C]door[C/B]
[Am]America, the [D]beautiful, it [C]makes a body [G]proud
[G]And then came the night that made America [C]famous[C/B]
Was it [Am]carelessness or [C]someone's sick [D]idea of a [G]joke?
In the [G]tinder-box trap we hippies lived in [C]someone struck a [C]spark[C/B]
At [Am]first I thought that I was [C/B]dreami[Am]n'
[C/G]Then I saw the first flames [Am]gleami[C/G]n'
[F]And heard the sound of [D]children screamin'
[C]Comin' through the [G]smoke
And [Bb]somethin's burnin' [A]somewhere
DOES [B]ANYBODY [G]CARE?
[G]Oh, it was the fire that made America [C]famous[C/B]
The [Am]sirens wailed and the firemen stumbled [D]sleepin' from their [G]homes
[G]And when the plumber yelled, "C'mon, let's go!"
[C]They saw what was burnin' and said, "T[C]ake it[C/B] slow"
[Am]"Let 'em sweat a little"
[D]"They'll never know"
[C]"And besides, we just cleaned the chrome"
Said the plumber, "Then I'm goin' alone"
[G]Well he rolled on up in the fire truck
[Am]And raised the ladder to the ledge
While [C]me and my girl and a [C/B]couple of kids were [Am]clinging like bats to the [D]edge
[G]We staggered to salvation
[C]Collapsed on the stree[C]t[C/B]
And [Am]I never thought that a [D]fat man's face
Would [C]ever look so [G]sweet
[G]I shook his hand in the scene that made America [C]famous[C/B]
And he [Am]smiled from the heart that [D]made America [G]great
We spent the [G]rest of that night in the home of this man that [C]we'd never known [C]befor[C/B]e
It's [Am]funny; when you [D]get that close, it's [C]kind of hard to [G]hate
[G]I went to sleep with the hope that made America [C]famous[C/B]
I had the [Am]kind of a dream that [C]maybe they're still [D]trying to teach in [G]school
[G]O' the America that made America [C]famous[C/B]
[Am]And of the people who just might [C/B]underst[Am]and
[C/G]That how together, [Am]yes we [C/G]can
[F]Create a country better than
[D]The one we have made of this land
[F]We have the choice
[F]To make each man
[D]Who dares to dream
[D]Reachin' out his hand
[C]A prophet or just a crazy damn dreamer or a [G]fraud
Yes, a [C]crazy [G]fraud
and [Bb]somethin's burnin' [A]somewhere
[B]DOES ANYBODY [G]CARE?
IS ANYBODY [G]THERE?
IS ANYBODY [G]THERE?????
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