Songbook - April & May 2018
Maybellene Chuck Berry (with Fratto, Freed, 1955)
Ahead By A Century The Tragically Hip (1996)
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain Willie Nelson (Fred Rose, 1975)
Brand New Key Melanie Safka (1971)
Down On the Corner Creedence Clearwater Revival (John Fogerty, 1969)
Dream Baby Roy Orbison (Cindy Walker, 1962)
Have You Ever Seen The Rain CCR (John Fogerty, 1970)
House Of Gold 21 Pilots (Tyler Josheph, 2013)
Ob-la-di Ob-la-da The Beatles (McCartney, 1968)
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head Burt Bacharach & Hal David (1969)
Thunder (No Bridge) Imagine Dragons (2017)



Maybellene
Chuck Berry (with Fratto, Freed, 1955)


4/4 | d - D - d - D - |
      1   2   3   4

Intro
| [A]   | [A]

Chorus
Maybel- | [A] lene, | why can't you be | true?   | [A]
Oh, Maybel- | [D7] lene, | why can't you be | [A] true? | [A]
You've | [E7] started back doing the | [D7] things you used to | [A] do | [A]

As | [A] I was motivatin' | over the hill
I | [A] saw Maybellene in a | coup de ville
A | [A] Cadillac a-rollin' on the | open road,
| [A] Nothin' will outrun my | V8 Ford
The | [A] Cadillac doin' 'bout | ninety-five,
She's | [A] bumper to bumber rollin' | side by side

Chorus
Maybel- | [A] lene, | why can't you be | true?   | [A]
Oh, Maybel- | [D7] lene, | why can't you be | [A] true? | [A]
You've | [E7] started back doing the | [D7] things you used to | [A] do | [A]

The | [A] Cadillac pulled up ahead | of the Ford,
The | [A] Ford got hot and wouldn't | do no more
It | [A] then got cloudy and it | started to rain,
I | [A] tooted my horn for a | passin' lead
The | [A] rain water blowin' all | under my hood,
I | [A] knew that was doin' my | motor good

Chorus
Maybel- | [A] lene, | why can't you be | true?   | [A]
Oh, Maybel- | [D7] lene, | why can't you be | [A] true? | [A]
You've | [E7] started back doing the | [D7] things you used to | [A] do | [A]

Instrumental
| [A] | [A] | [A] | [A] |
| [D7] | [D7] | [A] | [A] |
| [E7] | [D7] | [A] | [A] |

Chorus
Maybel- | [A] lene, | why can't you be | true?   | [A]
Oh, Maybel- | [D7] lene, | why can't you be | [A] true? | [A]
You've | [E7] started back doing the | [D7] things you used to | [A] do | [A]

The | [A] motor cooled down, | the heat went down
And | [A] that's when I heard that | highway sound
The | [A] Cadillac a-sittin' like a | ton of lead
A | [A] hundred and ten a half a | mile ahead
The | [A] Cadillac lookin' like it's | sittin' still
And | [A] I caught Maybellene at the | top of the hill

Chorus
Maybel- | [A] lene, | why can't you be | true?   | [A]
Oh, Maybel- | [D7] lene, | why can't you be | [A] true? | [A]
You've | [E7] started back doing the | [D7] things you used to | [A] do | [A]
You've | [E7] started back doing the | [D7] things you used to | [A] do | [A↓]


#Capo on 1st fret to play with original.
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Ahead By A Century
The Tragically Hip (1996)


Strum
| D - X u - u d u |


Riff:
  [D]
   D     u   u   u     u d u                                            
A|-0-----0---0---0-|---0-0-0---------|
E|-2-----0---5---2-|---2-2-2-0h2-0h2-| h=hammer-on
C|-2---------------|-----------------|
G|-2---------------|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &


Simple Riff:
  [D]                                    
A|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-2-----0---5---2-|---------0-2-0-2-|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

Intro Riff - Play 4x
| [D] | [D] | [D] | [D] |
| [D] | [D] | [D] | [D] |
| [D] ... First thing we'd | climb a tree |
| [D] ... and maybe | then we'd talk |
| [D] ... or sit si- | lently   |
| [D] ... and listen | to our thoughts |

| [C] ... Illusions of | someday   |
| [D] ... casting a | golden light |
| [C] ... no dress re- | hearsal |
| [D] ... this is | our life |

Riff - Play 2x
| [D] | [D] | [D] | [D] |

Pre-Chorus
| [D] And that's where the | hornet stung me |
| [C] ... and | I had a feverish   |
| [D] dream...   | with revenge and   |
| [C] doubt ... to- | night we smoke them |
| [D] ou-ou-ou-out | [D] |

Chorus
| [A] ... You are a- | head by a century |
| [G] ... You are a- | head by a century |
| [A] ... You are a- | head by a century |   
| [G↓]  [G↑] [G↓] | ... |

Riff - Play 2x
| [D] | [D] | [D] | [D] |

| [D] ... Stare in the | morning shroud |
| [D] ... and then the | day began |
| [D] ... I til- | ted your cloud
| [D] ... you til- | ted my hand |

| [C] ... Rain falls in | real time |
| [D] ... and rain fell | through the night |
| [C] ... no dress re- | hearsal |
| [D] ... this is | our life |

Riff - Play 2x
| [D] | [D] | [D] | [D] |

Pre-Chorus
| [D] But that's when the | hornet stung me |
| [C] ... and | I had a serious   |
| [D] dream...   | with revenge and   |
| [C] doubt ... to- | night we smoke them |
| [D] ou-ou-ou-out | [D] |

Chorus
| [A] ... You are a- | head by a century |
| [G] ... You are a- | head by a century |
| [A] ... You are a- | head by a century |   
| [G↓]  [G↑] [G↓] | [G] |
| [A] ... You are a- | head by a century |
| [G] ... You are a- | head by a century |
| [A] ... You are a- | head by a century |   
| [G↓]  [G↑] [G↓] | ... and disappointment is |
Riff 4x
| [D] gettin' me down | [D] | [D] | [D] |
| [D] | [D] | [D] | [D] | [D↓]


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Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Willie Nelson (Fred Rose, 1975)

Key of: C

Carter Picking:  | T3 - D u T4 - D u |
or Strum:        |  d - D u  d - D u |

Verse
| [C] In the | twilight glow I | see her | [C] |
| [G7] Blue eyes | cryin' in the | [C] rain | [C] |
| [C] When we | kissed good-bye and | parted   | [C] |       
I | [G7] knew we'd | never meet | [C] again   | [C] |

Chorus
| [F] Love is | like a dying | ember   | [F] |
| [C] Only | memories | [G7] remain | [G7] |
| [C] through the | ages I'll re- | member   | [C] |
| [G7] Blue eyes | crying in the | [C]rain   | [C] |

Instrumental
| [C]   | [C]   | [C]   | [C]
| [G7] | [G7] | [C]   | [C]
| [C]   | [C]   | [C]   | [C]
| [G7] | [G7] | [C]   | [C]

Chorus
| [F] Someday | when we meet up | yonder   | [F] |
| [C] We'll stroll | hand in handa- | [G7]gain   | [G7] |
| [C] In the | land that knows no | parting   | [C] |
| [G7] Blue eyes | crying in the | [C] rain.   | [C] |
| [G7] Blue eyes | crying in the | [C] rain.


#Capo on 4th fret to play with Willie Nelson's version in key of E.
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Brand New Key
Melanie Safka (1971)


4/4 | d - D - d - D |
      1   2   3   4

[C] I rode my bicycle past your window last night
[G7] I roller skated to your door at daylight
[C] It almost seems like [C7] you're avoiding me
[F] I'm okay alone but you got [G7] something I need

Well [C] I got a brand new pair of roller skates you got a brand new key
I think that we should get together and [C7] try them out you see
[F] I been looking around a while you got something for me
[C] I got a brand new pair of roller skates you got a brand new key

[C] I ride my bike I roller skate don't drive no car
[G7] Don't go too fast but I go pretty far
For [C] somebody who don't drive I been [C7] all around the world
[F] Some people say I done all [G7] right for a girl

Well [C] I got a brand new pair of roller skates you got a brand new key
I think that we should get together and [C7] try them out you see
[F] I been looking around a while you got something for me
[C] I got a brand new pair of roller skates you got a brand new key

[C] I asked your mother if you were at home
[G7] She said yes .... but you weren't alone
[C] Sometimes I think that [C7] you're avoiding me
[F] I'm okay alone but you've got [G7] something I need

Well [C] I got a brand new pair of roller skates you got a brand new key
I think that we should get together and [C7] try them out you see
[F]Lalalalalalalalalalalalalala
[C] I got a brand new pair of roller skates you got a brand new key
[C] I got a brand new pair of roller skates you got a brand new key


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Down On The Corner
Creedence Clearwater Revival (John Fogerty, 1969)


      Main Strumming Rhythm
4/4 | D u d u D - - - | D u - u D - - - |
      1       3         1 &   & 3
      Easy Version
4/4 | D - - - D - - - |
      1       3  

Intro - Verse Progression
| [C] | [C] | [G] | [C] |
| [C] | [C] | [G] | [C] |
| [F] | [F] | [C] | [C] |
| [C] | [C] | [G] | [C] |

| [C] Early in the | evenin' | [G] just about supper | [C] time |
| [C] Over by the | courthouse they're | [G] starting to un- | [C] wind. |
| [F] Four kids on the | corner | [C] trying to bring you | up. |
| [C] Willy picks a | tune out and he | [G] blows it on the | [C] harp. |

Chorus
| [F] Down on the | [C] corner, | [G] out in the | [C] street
Willy and the | [F] Poorboys are | [C] playin'
Bring a | [G] nickel, tap your | [C] feet.

| [C] Rooster hits the | washboard and | [G] people just got to | [C] smile |
| [C] Blinky, thumps the | gut bass and | [G] solos for a- | [C] while. |
| [F] Poorboy twangs the | rhythm out | [C] on his kalama- | zoo. |
| [C] Willy goes in- | to a dance and | [G] doubles on ka- | [C] zoo. |

Chorus
| [F] Down on the | [C] corner, | [G] out in the | [C] street
Willy and the | [F] Poorboys are | [C] playin'
Bring a | [G] nickel, tap your | [C] feet.

Instrumental - Verse Progression
| [C] | [C] | [G] | [C] |
| [C] | [C] | [G] | [C] |
| [F] | [F] | [C] | [C] |
| [C] | [C] | [G] | [C] |

Chorus
| [F] Down on the | [C] corner, | [G] out in the | [C] street
Willy and the | [F] Poorboys are | [C] playin'
Bring a | [G] nickel, tap your | [C] feet.

Instrumental - Verse Progression
| [C] | [C] | [G] | [C] |
| [C] | [C] | [G] | [C] |

| [C] You don't need a | penny | [G] just to hang a- | [C] round
But | [C] if you've got a | nickel, won't you | [G] lay your money | [C] down? |
| [F] Over on the | corner | [C] there's a happy | noise. |
| [C] People come from | all around to | [G] watch the magic | [C] boy. |

Chorus
| [F] Down on the | [C] corner, | [G] out in the | [C] street
Willy and the | [F] Poorboys are | [C] playin'
Bring a | [G] nickel, tap your | [C] feet.
| [F] Down on the | [C] corner, | [G] out in the | [C] street
Willy and the | [F] poorboys are | [C] playin'
Bring a | [G] nickel, tap your | [C] feet. [C↓]


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Dream Baby
Roy Orbison


4/4 | d - D u d u D u |
      1   2   3   4

| [F] | [F] |

Chorus
| [C7] Sweet | dream | baby | [C7]
| [C7] Sweet | dream | baby | [C7]
| [F] Sweet | dream | baby | [F]
| [C7] How | long must I | [F] dream? | [F]

| [C7] Dream baby | got me dreamin' sweet dreams
| [C7] the whole day | through
| [C7] Dream baby | got me dreamin' sweet dreams
| [C7] night time, | too
| [F] I love you | and I'm dreaming of you
| [F] but that won't | do
| [C7] Dream baby | make me stop my dreamin',
| [C7] you can make my dreams come | [F] true | [F]

Chorus
| [C7] Sweet | dream | baby | [C7]
| [C7] Sweet | dream | baby | [C7]
| [F] Sweet | dream | baby | [F]
| [C7] How | long must I | [F] dream? | [F]

| [C7] Dream baby | got me dreamin' sweet dreams
| [C7] the whole day | through
| [C7] Dream baby | got me dreamin' sweet dreams
| [C7] night time, | too
| [F] I love you | and I'm dreaming of you
| [F] but that won't | do
| [C7] Dream baby | make me stop my dreamin',
| [C7] you can make my dreams come | [F] true | [F]

Chorus
| [C7] Sweet | dream | baby | [C7]
| [C7] Sweet | dream | baby | [C7]
| [F] Sweet | dream | baby | [F]
| [C7] How | long must I | [F↓] dream?


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Have You Ever Seen The Rain
CCR (John Fogerty, 1970)


4/4 | d u D u d u D u |
      1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

| [C] Someone told me | long ago
| [C] There's a calm be- | fore the storm
I | [G7]  know | it's been coming | [C] for some time   | [C]
| [C] When it's over | so they say   | [C]
| [C]  It'll rain on a | sunny day
I | [G7] know   | shining down like   | [C] water   | [C]

Chorus
| [F] I wanna | [G7] know have you | [C] ever seen the | [Am]  rain
| [F] I wanna | [G7] know have you | [C] ever seen the | [Am]  rain
| [F] Coming | [G7]  down on a sunny | [C] day   | [C]

| [C] Yesterday and | days before
| [C] Sun is cold and | rain is hard
I | [G7] know...  it's | been that way for | [C] all my time | [C]
| [C] Till forever | on it goes
| [C] Through the circle | fast and slow
I | [G7] know...  and | it can't stop I | [C] wonder   | [C]

Chorus
| [F] I wanna | [G7] know have you | [C] ever seen the | [Am]  rain
| [F] I wanna | [G7] know have you | [C] ever seen the | [Am]  rain
| [F] Coming | [G7]  down on a sunny | [C] day   | [C]

Chorus
| [F] I wanna | [G7] know have you | [C] ever seen the | [Am]  rain
| [F] I wanna | [G7] know have you | [C] ever seen the | [Am]  rain
| [F] Coming | [G7]  down on a sunny | [C] day   | [C]


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House Of Gold
21 Pilots (Tyler Josheph, 2013)



     Fast Wimpy Strong
4/4 | d u D u d u D u |

Chorus
She [C] asked me, "Son, when [F] I grow old,
Will [Am] you buy me a [G] house of gold?
And [C] when your father [F] turns to stone,
Will [C] you take [G] care of [C] me?"

Chorus
She [C] asked me, "Son, when [F] I grow old,
Will [Am] you buy me a [G] house of gold?
And [C] when your father [F] turns to stone,
Will [C] you take [G] care of [C] me?"

Bridge
[F] I will [A7] make you
[Dm] Queen of [Bbm] everything you [F] see
I'll put you on the [C] map
I'll cure you of [F] disease      [C]

Verse
Let's [C] say we up and [F] left this town
And [Am] turned our future [G] upside-down
We'll [C] make pretend that [F] you and me
Lived [C] ever [G] after, [C] happily

Chorus
She [C] asked me, "Son, when [F] I grow old,
Will [Am] you buy me a [G] house of gold?
And [C] when your father [F] turns to stone,
Will [C] you take [G] care of [C] me?"

Bridge
[F] I will [A7] make you
[Dm] Queen of [Bbm] everything you [F] see
I'll put you on the [C] map
I'll cure you of [F] disease      [C]

Verse
And [C] since we know that [F] dreams are dead
And [Am] life turns plans up [G] on their head
[C] I will plan to [F] be a bum
So [C] I just [G] might be- [C] come someone

Chorus
She [C] asked me, "Son, when [F] I grow old,
Will [Am] you buy me a [G] house of gold?
And [C] when your father [F] turns to stone,
Will [C] you take [G] care of [C] me?"

Bridge
[F↓] I will [A7↓] make you
[Dm↓] Queen of [Bbm↓] everything you [F↓] see
I'll put you on the [C↓] map
I'll cure you of [F↓] disease


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Ob-la-di Ob-la-da
The Beatles (McCartney, 1968)


4/4 | D u X u D u X u |
      1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

| [C] Desmond has a barrow in the | [G7] marketplace |
| [G7] Molly is the singer in a | [C] band   |
| [C] Desmond says to Molly, girl, I | [F] like your face
And Molly | [C] says this as she [G7] takes him by the | [C] hand.

Chorus
Ob-la- | [C] -di, ob-la-da, life goes | [G7] on, [Am] brah |
| [C] La la how the [G7] life goes | [C] on.
Ob-la- | [C] -di, ob-la-da, life goes | [G7] on, [Am] brah |
| [C] La la how the [G7] life goes | [C] on.   |

| [C] Desmond takes a trolley to the | [G7] jeweler's store |
| [G7] Buys a twenty carat golden | [C] ring   |
| [C] Takes it back to Molly waiting | [F] at the door
And as he | [C] gives it to her [G7] she begins to | [C] sing.

Chorus
Ob-la- | [C] -di, ob-la-da, life goes | [G7] on, [Am] brah |
| [C] La la how the [G7] life goes | [C] on.
Ob-la- | [C] -di, ob-la-da, life goes | [G7] on, [Am] brah |
| [C] La la how the [G7] life goes | [C] on.   |

Bridge
| [F] In a couple of years they have | built a home, sweet | [C] home | [C]... |
| [F] With a couple of kids running | in the yard
Of | [C] Desmond and Molly | [G7] Jones (ha,ha,ha,ha,ha) |

| [C] Happy ever after in the | [G7] market place |
| [G7] Desmond lets the children lend a | [C] hand |
| [C] Molly stays at home and does her | [F] pretty face
And in the | [C] evening she's a | [G7] singer with the | [C] band. |

Chorus
Ob-la- | [C] -di, ob-la-da, life goes | [G7] on, [Am] brah |
| [C] La la how the [G7] life goes | [C] on.
Ob-la- | [C] -di, ob-la-da, life goes | [G7] on, [Am] brah |
| [C] La la how the [G7] life goes | [C] on.
And if you | [Am↓] want some fun, sing | [F↓] Ob-la- [G7↓] di-bla- [C↓] da


#Original in key of A. This chart is in key of C.


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Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Burt Bacharach & Hal David (1969)


4/4 | D u X - D u X - |
      1 & 2   3 & 4

Intro
| [C]  [G7]   | [F]  [G7] |
| [C] Raindrops keep falling on my | [Cmaj7] head
and | [C7] just like the guy whose feet are | [F] too big for his
| [Em7] bed, [A7] nothing seems to | [Em7] fit, [A7] those |
| [Dm] raindrops are fallin' on my | head they keep fallin' | [G7↓]

So I just | [C] did me some talkin' to the | [Cmaj7] sun
and | [C7] I said I didn't like the | [F] way he got things |
| [Em7] done, [A7] sleepin' on the | [Em7] job, [A7] those |
| [Dm] raindrops are fallin' on my | head they keep fallin' | [G7↓]

BRIDGE:
But there's one | [C] thing I | [Cmaj7] know
The | [F] blues they send to | [G7] meet me won't de- | [Em7] feat me
It | [Em7] won't be long till | [A7] happiness steps | [Dm] up to greet me |
| [Dm↓↓] [G7↑]   | [Dm↓↓] [G7↑]   |

| [C] Raindrops keep fallin' on my | [Cmaj7] head
But | [C7] that doesn't mean my eyes will | [F] soon be turnin'
| [Em7] red, [A7] cryin's not for | [Em7] me, [A7] 'cause |
| [Dm] I'm never gonna stop the | rain by complainin' |
| [G7] Because I'm | [C] free [Cmaj7] | [Dm] nothing's [G7] worryin' | [C] me

BRIDGE:
But there's one | [C] thing I | [Cmaj7] know
The | [F] blues they send to | [G7] meet me won't de- | [Em7] feat me
It | [Em7] won't be long till | [A7] happiness steps | [Dm] up to greet me |
| [Dm↓↓] [G7↑]   | [Dm↓↓] [G7↑]   |

| [C] Raindrops keep fallin' on my | [Cmaj7] head
But | [C7] that doesn't mean my eyes will | [F] soon be turnin'
| [Em7] red, [A7] cryin's not for | [Em7] me, [A7] 'cause |
| [Dm] I'm never gonna stop the | rain by complainin' |
| [G7] Because I'm | [C] free [Cmaj7] | [Dm] nothing's [G7] worryin' | [C↓] me


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Thunder (No Bridge)
Imagine Dragons (2017)


4/4 | D - D - D - D - |
      1   2   3   4

Verse
| [C] Just a young gun with a quick fuse, | I was uptight, wanna let loose
| [F] I was dreaming of bigger things and | wanna leave my own life behind
| [C] Not a yes sir, not a follower, | fit the box, fit the mold
Have a seat in the | [F] foyer, take a number, | I was lightning before the thunder (thunder)

Pre-Chorus
| [C] Thunder, thunder, | thunder, thun-thun-thunder, thunder
| [Am] Thunder, thunder, thun-
| [F] Thunder, thun-thun-thunder, thunder

Chorus
| [C] Thunder, feel the thunder, | lightning and the thunder
| [Am] Thunder, feel the thunder
| [F] Lightning and the thunder, thunder
| [C] Thunder, | thunder

Verse
| [C] Kids were laughing in my classes, | while I was scheming for the masses
| [F] Who do you think you are? | Dreaming 'bout being a big star
| [C] You say you're basic, you say you're easy, | you're always riding in the back seat
| [F] Now I'm smiling from the stage while, | you were clapping in the nose bleeds

Pre-Chorus
| [C] Thunder, thunder, | thunder, thun-thun-thunder, thunder
| [Am] Thunder, thunder, thun-
| [F] Thunder, thun-thun-thunder, thunder

Chorus
| [C] Thunder, feel the thunder, | lightning and the thunder
| [Am] Thunder, feel the thunder
| [F] Lightning and the thunder, thunder

Chorus
| [C] Thunder, feel the thunder, | lightning and the thunder, thunder
| [Am] Thunder, feel the thunder
| [F] Lightning and the thunder, thunder
| [C] Thunder, feel the thunder, | lightning and the thunder, thunder
| [Am] Thunder, feel the thunder (feel the)
| [F] Lightning and the thunder, thunder

Outro
| [C]   | [C]   | [Am]   | [F]   |
| [C]   | [C]   | [Am]   | [F]   |   [C↓]  


#Play along in this key.



#Last Updated 5/05/18 JJ
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