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Allentown   Billy Joel

This is not an accurate version. The first chord of the song is a minor, not a major, for one thing.


Well we're livin[G]g here i[Em]n Allent[D]own
And they're clos[C]ing all the fact[D]ories do[G]wn
Out in B[Em]ethlehem they're killing[A] time   [D]
Fi[A]lling out fo[Em]rms - Stan[A]ding in [D]line
Well our fath[G]ers fought the Seco[Em]nd World War    [D]
Spent their week[C]ends on the Jersey S[D]hore[G]
Met our mothe[Em]rs in the U[A]SO  [D]
Aske[A]d them to da[D]nce, Danced with[A] them slow      [D]
And we'r[G]e living her[Em]e in Allento[D]wn
But the [F]restlessness was[G] handed down    [C]
And it's[Em] getting very ha[C]rd to st[G]ay      [D]   [Em]    [D]
C D G � C D G
Well we're waiti[G]ng here [Em]in Allen[D]town
For the Pennsylv[C]ania we never fo[D]und     [G]
For the [Em]promises our tea[A]chers ga[D]ve
If[A] we worked h[Em]ard , If w[A]e behave[D]d
So th[G]e graduations hang [Em]on the wall     [D]
But they[C] never really helped[D] us at [G]all
No they never[Em] taught us what was[A] real     [D]
Iron[A] and coke - [D]And chro[A]mium steel  [D]

And we'r[G]e waiting he[Em]re in Allent[D]own

But they[F]'ve taken all th[G]e coal from the [C]ground
And the [Em]union people cra[C]wled awa[G]y       [D]   [Em]    [D]
[C]  [D]  [G]                                
[F]Every child had [G]a pretty good sh[A#]ot
[F]To get at least [G]as far as their [A#]old man got
[F]But something ha[G]ppened on the wa[A#]y to that
Place
[F]They threw an Am[G]erican flag in o[A#]ur face

Well I'm[G] living here[Em] in Allentow[D]n
And it's hard to[C] keep a good man[D] down   [G]
But I wo[Em]n't be getting u[C]p today [G]  -  ay [D] - [Em] ay [D]

[C]  [D]  [G]                                
SOLO> F G A# (4x)

And it's[Em] getting very ha[C]rd to st[G]ay      [D]   [Em]    [D]
And we're living[C] here in[D] Allento[G]wn

The D Chord is often lifted and dropped on the E string.
The F-G-A# part is played by sliding the F up the bridge.
Submitted by David Whitney

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