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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]
              [G]                      [D]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 blink 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]     [D]                    [C]           [D] [Em]           Out into the cool of the evening, strolls the pretender
He knows that all his[C] hopes an 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 the lovers as they run through the night[G]
[C]Leaving nothing 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]
     [G]               [D]                [D/C] [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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