Songbook - June 2021
American Pie Don McLean (1971)
Broken Bicycles Tom Waits (1982)
Drive My Car The Beatles (McCartney / Lennon, 1965)
I Lost My Baby Jean Leloup (1996)
I Shot The Sheriff Bob Marley (1973)
L'Air de la Louisiane Jesse Winchester (1974)
Let It Be The Beatles (Paul McCartney, 1970)
Maggie Mae Rod Stewart (with Sam Quittenton, 1971)
Piano Man Billy Joel (1973)
Signs (Key of G) Five Man Electrical Band (Les Emmerson, 1970)
Signs Five Man Electrical Band (Les Emmerson, 1970)
The Weight The Band (Robbie Robertson, 1968)
When I'm Cleaning Windows George Formby (Fred Cliff, Harry Gifford & George Formby, 1936)



American Pie
Don McLean (1971)



Varies but mostly  | d - D u - u d u |

A [C↓] long [G↓] long [Am7↓] time ago...
[Dm↓] I can still re- [F↓]member
How that [Am↓] music used to make me [G↓] smile
And [C↓] I knew [G↓] if I had [Am7↓] my chance
That [Dm↓] I could make those [F↓] people dance
And [Am↓] maybe they'd be [F↓] happy for a [G↓] while

[Am] But February [Dm] made me shiver
[Am] With every paper [Dm] I'd deliver
[F] Bad news [C] on the [Dm] doorstep;
I [F] couldn't take one [G] more step

I [C] can't re- [G] member if I [Am] cried
When I [Dm7] read about his [G] widowed bride,
But [C] something [G] touched me [Am] deep inside
The [F] day the [G7] Music [C] Died [F]     [C], so...

Chorus
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C] merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy but the [C] levy was [G] dry  
And them [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye  
Singin' [Am] this'll be the day that I [D7] die
[Am] This'll be the day that I [G7] die

Strumming Picks Up
[C] Did you write the [Dm] book of love
And do [F] you have faith in [Dm] God above?
[Am] If the Bible [G] tells you so [G]
Do [C] you be- [G] lieve in [Am] Rock 'n Roll?  
Can [Dm7] music save your [F] mortal soul?
And [Am] can you teach me [D7] how to dance [G] real slow?

Well, I [Am] know that you're in [G] love with him
'cause I [Am] saw you dancin' [G] in the gym
You [F] both kicked [C] off your [G] shoes,
Man, I [F] dig those [C] rhythm and [G7] blues  

I was a [C] lonely [G] teenage [Am] broncin' buck
With a [Dm] pink carnation and a [F] pickup truck
But [C] I knew [G] I was [Am] out of luck
The [F] day the [G7] Music [C] Died [F]      [C]
I started [G7] singin' ....

Chorus
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C] merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy but the [C] levy was [G] dry  
And them [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye  
Singin' [Am] this'll be the day that I [D7] die
[Am] This'll be the day that I [G7] die

Now for [C] ten years we've been [Dm] on our own
And [F] moss grows fat on a [Dm] rollin' stone,
[Am]  But that's not how it [G] used to be [G]
When the [C] jester [G] sang for the [Am] King and Queen,
In a [Dm7] coat he borrowed [F] from James Dean
And a [Am] voice that [D7] came from you and [G] me [G]
  
Oh, and [Am] while the King was [G] looking down,
The [Am] jester stole his [G] thorny crown,
The [F] courtroom [C] was ad- [G] journed;
No [F] verdict was re- [G7]turned,
And while [C] Lennon [G] read a [Am] book of Marx,
The [Dm] court kept practice [F] in the park,  
And [C] we sang [G] dirges [Am] in the dark
The [F] day the [G7] Music [C] Died [F]... [C]...We were [G7] singin'...

Chorus
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C]merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy but the [C] levy was [G] dry  
And them [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye  
Singin' [Am] this'll be the day that I [D7] die
[Am] This'll be the day that I [G7] die

[C] Helter-Skelter [Dm] in the summer swelter,
The [F] Byrds flew off with a [Dm] fallout shelter,
[Am] Eight Miles High and [G] falling fast [G]
It [C] landed [G] foul out [Am] on the grass,
The [Dm7] players tried for a [F] forward pass,
With the [Am] jester on the [D7] sidelines in a [G] cast [G]

Now the [Am] half-time air was [G] sweet perfume
While the [Am] sergeants played a [G] marching tune,
[F] We all got [C] up to [G] dance,
But we [F] never got the [G7] chance!
'Cause the [C] players [G] tried to [Am] take the field;
The [Dm] marching band re- [F]fused to yield,
Do [C] you re- [G]call what [Am] was revealed,
The [F] day the [G7] Music [C] Died? [F]      [C]
We started [G7] singin' ...

Chorus
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C]merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy but the [C] levy was [G] dry  
And them [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye  
Singin' [Am] this'll be the day that I [D7] die
[Am] This'll be the day that I [G7] die

Oh, and [C] there we were all [Dm] in one place,
[F] A generation [Dm] Lost in Space
With [Am] no time left to [G] start again. [G]
So come on: [C] Jack be nimble, [Am] Jack be quick!
[Dm7] Jack Flash sat on a [F] candlestick
'Cause [Am] fire is the [D7] Devil's only [G] friend

Oh, and [Am] as I watched him [G] on the stage
My [Am] hands were clenched in [G] fists of rage,
[F] No angel [C] born in [G] hell
Could [F] break that Satan's [G7] spell,
And as the [C] flames climbed [G] high in- [Am] to the night
[Dm] To light the sacri- [F]ficial rite,
I saw [C] Satan [G] laughing [Am] with delight
The [F] day the [G7] Music [C] Died [F] [C]... He was [G7] singin' ...

Chorus
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C]merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy but the [C] levy was [G] dry  
And them [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye  
Singin' [Am] this'll be the day that I [D7] die
[Am] This'll be the day that I [G7] die

I [C↓] met a [G↓] girl who sang the [Am↓] blues
And I [Dm↓] asked her for some [F↓] happy news,
But [Am↓] she just smiled and turned [G↓] away,
I [C↓] went down [G↓] to the sacred [Am7↓] store
Where I'd [Dm↓] heard the music [F↓] years before,
But the [Am↓] man there said the [D7↓] music wouldn't [G↓] play

[Am] And in the streets children screamed,
The [Am] lovers cried, and the [Dm] poets dreamed  
But [F] not a [C] word was [Dm] spoken;
The [F] church bells all were [G7] broken,
And the [C] three men [G] I ad- [Am]mire most:
The [Dm7] Father, Son and the [F] Holy Ghost,
Why, they [C] caught the [G] last train [Am] for the coast
The [F] day the [G7] Music [C] Died... And they were singing...

Chorus
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C]merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy but the [C] levy was [G] dry  
And them [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye  
Singin' [Am] this'll be the day that I [D7] die
[Am] This'll be the day that I [G7] die

They were singing
[C] Bye [F] bye Miss A- [C]merican [G] Pie
Drove my [C] Chevy to the [F] levy, but the [C] levy was [G] dry,
And [C] good old [F] boys were drinking [C] whiskey and [G] rye
Singin' [F] this'll be the [G] day that I [C↓] die [F↓] [C↓]


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Broken Bicycles
Tom Waits (1982)


3/4 | D - - u d - |
      1   2 & 3

[Am]  [Am]  [Bb]  [Bb]
[E7]  [E7]  [E7↓]

[Am] Broken bicycles [E7] old busted chains
[Dm] with rusted handlebars [E7] out in the [Am] rain
[Am] Somebody must have an [E7] orphanage for
[Dm] all these things that [G7] nobody [C] wants any [E7] more.
[A] September is reminding [Dm] July  [Dm]
[E7] it's time to be [E7] saying good- [Am] bye [A7]
[Dm] summer is [G7] gone
but our [C] love will re- [Edim7] main
like [Dm] old broken [E7] bicycles
[Am] out in the [E7] rain.

[Am] [Am] [Bb] [Bb]
[Am] [Am] [Bb] [Bb]
[E7] [E7] [E7↓]

[Am] Broken bicycles [E7] don't tell my folks
[Dm] there's all those playing cards
[E7] pinned to the [Am] spokes
[Am] laid down like skeletons [E7] out on the lawn
[Dm] the wheels won't [G7] turn when the [C] other has [E7] gone.
[A] The seasons can [A] turn on a [Dm] dime [Dm]
[E7] somehow I for- [E7] get every [Am] time [A7]
[Dm] for all the things that you've [G7] given me
[C] will always [Edim7] stay
[Dm] broken but [E7] I'll never
[Am] throw them [E7] away

[Am] [Am] [Bb] [Bb]
[E7] [E7] [Am↓]


#Capo on 3rd fret to play with Tom Waits' version.

#Can play along in this key for 1st verse with this cover version (mixed with another song).
#Last Updated 4/11/18 JJ
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Drive My Car
The Beatles (McCartney / Lennon, 1965)


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

Intro
| [D7] | [D7]
[D7] Asked a girl what she [G7] wanted to be
[D7] She said "Baby, [G7] can't you see
[D7] I wanna be famous, a [G7] star on the screen
But [A] you can do something [A7] in between"

Chorus
[Bm7] Baby, you can drive my [G7] car
[Bm7] Yes, I'm gonna be a [G7] star
[Bm7] Baby, you can drive my [1/2E7] car
And [1/2A7] maybe I [1/2D7] love you [1/2G7] [A]

[D7] I told a girl that my [G7] prospects were good
[D7] And she said "Baby, it's [G7] understood
[D7] Working for peanuts is [G7] all very fine
But [A] I can show you a [A7] better time"

Chorus
[Bm7] Baby, you can drive my [G7] car
[Bm7] Yes, I'm gonna be a [G7] star
[Bm7] Baby, you can drive my [1/2E7] car
And [1/2A7] maybe I [1/2D7] love you [1/2G7] [A↓]

Beep beep 'm beep beep, [D7] yeah [G7] [D7] [G7]
[D7] [G7] [A] [A7]

Chorus
[Bm7] Baby, you can drive my [G7] car
[Bm7] Yes, I'm gonna be a [G7] star
[Bm7] Baby, you can drive my [1/2E7] car
And [1/2A7] maybe I [1/2D7] love you [1/2G7] [A]

[D7] I told that girl I can [G7] start right away
[D7] And she said, "Listen baby I got [G7] something to say
[D7] I got no car and it's [G7] breakin' my heart
But [A] I've found a driver and [A7] that's a start"

Chorus
[Bm7] Baby, you can drive my [G7] car
[Bm7] Yes, I'm gonna be a [G7] star
[Bm7] Baby, you can drive my [1/2E7] car
And [1/2A7] maybe I [1/2D7] love you [1/2G7] [A↓]

Beep beep 'm beep beep, [1/2D7] yeah [1/2G7]
[A] Beep beep 'm beep beep, [1/2D7] yeah  [1/2G7]
[A] Beep beep 'm beep beep, [1/2D7] yeah  [1/2G7]
[A] Beep beep 'm beep beep, [D7↓] yeah

#Play with original in this key.
#Last Updated 12/1/17 JJ
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I Lost My Baby
Jean Leloup (1996)
:Am9:

4/4 | D - D U - U - - |
      1   2 &   &
Intro:
  Am/C           Am9                C              Cmaj7
|-3-----3--3-----2-----2-|        |-3-----3--3-----2-----2-|
|-0-----0--0-----0-----0-| 4x     |-0-----0--0-----0-----0-| 4x
|-0-----0--0-----0-----0-|        |-0-----0--0-----0-----0-|
|-2-----2--2-----2-----2-|        |-0-----0--0-----0-----0-|
  1  &  2  &  3  &  4  &            1  &  2  &  3  &  4  &  

Intro
| [Am] [Am9]   |   [Am] [Am9]   | [Am] [Am9]   | [Am] [Am9]   |
| [C]  [Cmaj7] |   [C]  [Cmaj7] | [C]  [Cmaj7] | [C]  [Cmaj7] |
| [Am] [Am9]   |   [Am] [Am9]   | [Am] [Am9]   | [Am] [Am9]   |
| [C]  [Cmaj7] |   [C]  [Cmaj7] | [C]  [Cmaj7] | [C↓]

Chorus
I lost my [Am] baby,  I lost my [E7] darlin'
I lost my [Dm] friend,  I lost my [G7] mind
I lost my [Am] baby,  I lost my [E7] darlin'
I lost my [Dm] friend,  I lost my [G7] mind

Verset 1:
Pour une fille d'Otta- [Am] wa, Grandie à Sainte- [E7] Foy
D'un père un mili- [Dm] taire, Et d'une belle fille qui [G7] fut sa mère
Qui écoutait du coun- [Am] try, Entre deux caisses de [E7] bières
Et partait le same- [Dm] di, Pour un lac d'Hawkesbu- [G7] ry
rejoindre la grand-mère and all the fami- [Am] ly, and all the fami- [E7] ly...

Pré-Chorus
[C] Ah! Je ne [Dm] peux vivre sans [Em] toi,
et je ne [Dm] peux vivre avec [C] toi
Mais tu peux [Dm] très bien vivre sans [E7] moi,
je suis foutu dans les deux cas

Chorus
I lost my [Am] baby,  I lost my [E7] darlin'
I lost my [Dm] friend,  I lost my [G7] mind

Verset 2:
Coup d'fil de [Am] Jimmy, qui un jour tom- [E7] ba
Pour une fille d'Otta- [Dm] wa, Grandie je ne sais [G7] pas
D'un père pilote de [Am] l'air, et d'une mère je n'sais [E7] quoi
Tous deux aim- [E7↓] aient le cinéma...

Pré-Chorus
[C] Nous sommes ha- [Dm] bitants de la [Em] terre,
Il y a des [Dm] milliers de fron- [C] tières
Quelqu'un ex- [Dm] iste dans l'uni- [Em] vers
pour quelqu'un d'autre et c'est la guerre

Chorus
I lost my [Am] baby,  I lost my [E7] darlin'
I lost my [Dm] friend,  I lost my [G7] mind

Verset 3:
Pour une fille d'Otta- [Am] wa, Grandie à Sainte- [E7] Foy
Et qui un jour tom- [Dm] ba, pour un chanteur popu- [G7] laire
Grandit en Algérie, assez fucké mer- [Am] ci
et qui lui dit adieu, je [E7] repars faire ma [E7↓]vie
à Hawkesbur- [Am] y, à Hawkesbur- [C] y,
à Hawkesbur- [Am] y, à Hawkesbur- [C] y

I lost my [Am] baby, I lost my [C] darlin'
I lost my [Am] baby, I lost my [C] darlin'
I lost my [Am] baby, I lost my [C] darlin'
I lost my [Am] baby, Adieu my [Am] baby


#Joue avec le vidéo utilisant ces accords.
#Last Updated 5/25/18 JJ
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I Shot The Sheriff
Bob Marley (1973)


    Reggae (Muted Strum)
4/4 | - - D - - - D - |
      1   2   3   4
  Riff
A|-0-------------------|
E|---3-0-------0-------|
C|-------2-0-----2-0---|
G|-------------------2-|

| [Am] I shot the | sheriff,
| [Dm] But I | did not shoot the | [Am] depu- | ty | [Am] | [Am] |
| [Am] I shot the | sheriff,
| [Dm] But I | didn't shoot the | [Am] depu- | ty | [Am] | [Am] |

| [F] All a- | [Em7] round in my | [Am] home town | [Am]
They're | [F] tryin' to | [Em7] track me | [Am] down | [Am]
They | [F] say they want to | [Em7] bring me in | [Am] guilty | [Am]
For the | [F] killing of a | [Em7] depu- | [Am] ty | [Am]
For the | [F] life of a | [Em7] depu- | [Am] ty.
But I | say...

  Riff
A|-0-------------------|
E|---3-0-------0-------|
C|-------2-0-----2-0---|
G|-------------------2-|

| [Am] I shot the | sheriff,
| [Dm] But I | swear it was in | [Am] self-de- | fense | [Am] | [Am] |
| [Am] I shot the | sheriff,
| [Dm] And they | say it is a | [Am] capi- | tal of- | fense | [Am] | [Am]

| [F] Sheriff John | [Em7] Brown always | [Am] hated me | [Am]
For | [F] what | [Em7] I don't | [Am] know | [Am]
| [F] Ev'ry | [Em7] time that I | [Am] plant a | seed,
He said | [F] kill it be- | [Em7]fore it | [Am] grow | [Am]
He said | [F] kill it be- | [Em7]fore it | [Am] grow.
But I | say...

  Riff
A|-0-------------------|
E|---3-0-------0-------|
C|-------2-0-----2-0---|
G|-------------------2-|

| [Am] I shot the | sheriff,
| [Dm] But I | swear it was in | [Am] self-de | fense | [Am] | [Am] |
| [Am] I shot the | sheriff,
| [Dm] But I | swear it was in | [Am] self-de | fense | [Am] | [Am] |

| [F] Freedom came my | [Em7] way one | [Am] day | [Am]
And I | [F] started | [Em7] out of | [Am] town | [Am]
| [F] All of a | [Em7] sudden I see | [Am] Sheriff John | Brown
| [F] Aiming to | [Em7] shoot me | [Am] down | [Am]
So I | [F] shot, | [Em7] I shot him | [Am] down.
And I | swear...

  Riff
A|-0-------------------|
E|---3-0-------0-------|
C|-------2-0-----2-0---|
G|-------------------2-|

| [Am] I shot the | sheriff,
| [Dm] But I | did not shoot the | [Am] depu- | ty | [Am]   | [Am]   |
| [Am] I shot the | sheriff,
| [Dm] But I | didn't shoot the | [Am] depu- | ty | [Am]   | [Am]   |

Re- | [F]flexes got the | [Em7] better of | [Am] me | [Am]
And | [F] what is to | [Em7] be must | [Am] be | [Am]
Ev'ry | [F] day the bucket | [Em7] goes to the | [Am] well | [Am]
But one | [F] day the bottom | [Em7] will drop | [Am] out | [Am]
Yes, one | [F] day the bottom | [Em7] will drop | [Am] out.
But I | say...

  Riff
A|-0-------------------|
E|---3-0-------0-------|
C|-------2-0-----2-0---|
G|-------------------2-|

| [Am] I shot the | sheriff,
| [Dm] But I | didn't shoot the | [Am] depu- | ty | [Am] | [Am] |
| [Am] I shot the | sheriff,
| [Dm] But I | did not shoot no | [Am] depu- | ty | [Am] | [Am] |
| [Dm] | [Am] | [Am] | [Dm] | [Am] | [Am↓]

#Bob Marley's original in key of Gm. This chart is in key of Am.

#Clapton's original in key of Gm. This chart is in key of Am.

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L'Air de la Louisiane
Jesse Winchester (1974)


| [D]   | [D]   | [D]   |
| [G]   | [G]   |

| [G] Promenade | [Gmaj7] dans un bois
la | [C] vielle [Cmaj7] Loui- | [Am] siane |
Les | [D] ombres longues nos | [D7] pas silents |
| [D7] l'air de la Louisi- | [G] ane   |

| [G] Toi et moi ne | [Gmaj7] parlant pas |
| [C] en su- [Cmaj7] çant d'la | [Am] canne   |     
Pour | [D] un instant je | [D7] suis content
en | [D7] l'air de la Louisi- | [G] ane | [G] |

Intrumentale
| [D7] | [D7] | [D7] |
| [G]   | [G]   |
| [D7] | [D7] | [D7] |
| [G]   | [G]   |
| [D]   | [D7↓]

| [G] Promenade | [Gmaj7] dans un bois
la | [C] vielle [Cmaj7] Loui- | [Am] siane |
Les | [D] ombres longues nos | [D7] pas silents |
| [D7] l'air de la Louisi- | [G] ane   |

| [G] Toi et moi ne | [Gmaj7] parlant pas |
| [C] en su- [Cmaj7] çant d'la | [Am] canne   |     
Pour | [D] un instant je | [D7] suis content
en | [D7] l'air de la Louisi- | [G] ane |
Pour | [D] un instant je | [D7] suis content
en | [D7] l'air... | [D7↓] ... de la Louisi- | [G] ane |
| [G] | [C] [D7] | [G↓]

Translation
A walk in the woods of old Louisiana
The shadows are long
Our steps are silent in the Louisiana air
You and I say nothing as we suck on sugar cane
For one minute I'm content in the Louisiana air

#Play along with original in this key.

#Last Updated 5/7/19 JJ
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Let It Be
The Beatles (Paul McCartney, 1970)


4/4 | D - - - D - d u |
      1   2   3   4 &
Walkdown Riff
   F            C                                  
A|-0----------|-3----------|
E|-1-----3--1-|-0----------|
C|-0-----4--2-|-0----------|
G|-2----------|-0----------|
   1  2  3  4   1  2  3  4


Intro
| [C] | [G] | [Am]       | [F] |
| [C] | [G] | [F][Riff] | [C]

When I | [C] find myself in | [G] times of trouble |
| [Am] Mother Mary | [F] comes to me |
| [C] Speaking words of | [G] wisdom...
Let it | [F] be [Riff] | [C]

And | [C] in my hour of | [G] darkness
She is | [Am] standing right in | [F] front of me |
| [C] Speaking words of | [G] wisdom
Let it | [F] be [Riff] | [C]

Chorus
Let it | [Am] be, let it | [G] be
Let it | [F] be, let it | [C] be   |
| [C] Whisper words of | [G] wisdom
Let it | [F] be [Riff] | [C]

And | [C] when the broken- | [G] hearted people |
| [Am] Living in the | [F] world agree |
| [C] There will be an | [G] answer
Let it | [F] be [Riff] | [C]

But | [C] though they may be | [G] parted
There is | [Am] still a chance that | [F] they will see |
| [C] There will be an | [G] answer
Let it | [F] be [Riff] | [C↓]

Chorus
Let it | [Am] be, let it | [Em] be
Let it | [F] be, let it | [C] be
Yeah | [C] there will be an | [G] answer
Let it | [F] be [Riff] | [C]

Chorus
Let it | [Am] be, let it | [G] be
Let it | [F] be, let it | [C] be   |
| [C] Whisper words of | [G] wisdom
Let it | [F] be [Riff] | [C↓]

Solo Section

Descending Notes (Play twice)
  
A|-12---10-8-|-7---5-3-|-2---0---|-3-
E|-----------|---------|---------|-0-
C|-----------|---------|---------|-0-
G|-----------|---------|---------|-0-


Alternative descending Notes (Play twice)
  
A|-12---10-8--|-7---5-3-|-2---0---|-3-
E|-13---12-10-|-8---7-5-|-3---1---|-0-
C|------------|---------|---------|-0-
G|------------|---------|---------|-0-

| [C] | [G] | [Am]       | [F] |
| [C] | [G] | [F][Riff] | [C] |
| [C] | [G] | [Am]       | [F] |
| [C] | [G] | [F][Riff] | [C]

Chorus
Let it | [Am] be, let it | [G] be
Let it | [F] be, let it | [C] be   |
| [C] Whisper words of | [G] wisdom
Let it | [F] be [Riff] | [C]

And | [C] when the night is | [G] cloudy
There is | [Am] still a light that | [F] shines on me |
| [C] Shine until | [G] tomorrow
Let it | [F] be [Riff] | [C]

I | [C] wake up to the | [G] sound of music |
| [Am] Mother Mary | [F] comes to me |
| [C] Speaking words of | [G] wisdom
Let it | [F] be [Riff] | [C]

Chorus
Let it | [Am] be, let it | [G] be
Let it | [F] be, yeah, let it | [C] be
Oh | [C] there will be an | [G] answer
Let it | [F] be [Riff] | [C↓]

Chorus
Let it | [Am] be, let it | [Em] be
Let it | [F] be, let it | [C] be
| [C] Whisper words of | [G] wisdom
Let it | [F] be [Riff] | [C↓]

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Maggie Mae
Rod Stewart (with Sam Quittenton, 1971)
:A7sus2: :A7sus4:

Swiss Army Strum for Main Rhythm
4/4 | D - D u - u D u |
       1   2 &   & 4 &

Intro
| [D] | [A7sus4] | [Gsus2] | [D] [Gsus2↓] |
| [D] | [A7sus4] | [Gsus2] | [D] [Gsus2↓↓] |

[A] Wake up Maggie I [G] think I got something to [D] say to you | [D]
It's [A] late September and I [G] really should be [D] back at school | [D]
I [G] know I keep you a- [D] mused
but I [G] feel I'm being [A] used
Oh [Em] Maggie I couldn't have [F#m] tried any [Em] more | [Em]
You [Em] led me away from [A] home just to [Em] save you from being a- [A] lone
You [Em] stole my heart and | [A] that's what really | [D] hurts | [D]

The [A] morning sun when it's [G] in your face really [D] shows your age | [D]
But [A] that don't worry me [G] none in my eyes you're [D] everything | [D]
I [G] laughed at all of your [D] jokes
my [G] love you didn't need to [A] coax
Oh [Em] Maggie I couldn't have [F#m] tried any [Em] more | [A7sus2]
You [Em] led me away from [A] home just to [Em] save you from being a- [A] lone
You [Em] stole my soul that's a | [A] pain I can [Gsus2] do with- | [D] out | [D]

[A] All I needed was a [G] friend to lend a [D] guiding hand | [D]
But you [A] turned into a lover
and [G] mother what a lover you [D] wore me out | [D]
[G] All you did was wreck my [D] bed
And in the [G] morning kick me in the [A] head
Oh [Em] Maggie I couldn't have [F#m] tried any [Em] more | [A7sus4]
You [Em] led me away from [A] home cos you [Em] didn't want to be a- [A] lone
You [Em] stole my heart I couldn't | [A] leave you [Gsus2] if I | [D] tried | [D]

Instrumental
| [Em] | [A] | [D] | [G] |   
| [Em] | [G] | [D] | [D] |

[A] I suppose I could co- [G] llect my books and get on [D] back to school | [D]
Or [A] steal my daddy's [G] cue and make a living out of [D] playing pool | [D]
Or [G] find myself a rock and roll [D] band that [G] needs a helping [A] hand
Oh [Em] Maggie I wish I'd [F#m] never seen your [Em] face | [A7sus4]
You made a [Em] first class fool out of [A] me
But I'm as [Em] blind as a fool can [A] be
You [Em] stole my heart but I | [A] love you [Gsus2] any- | [D] way | [D]

Outro
| [Em] | [A] | [D] | [G] |   
| [Em] | [G] | [D] | [D] |
| [Em] | [A] | [D] | [G] |   
| [Em] | [G] | [D↓]

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Piano Man
Billy Joel (1973)


3/4 | d - D - D - |
      1   2   3

| [C] | [G] | [F]   | [C] |
| [F] | [C] | [D7] | [G] |
| [C] | [G] | [F]   | [C] |
| [F] | [G] | [C]   | [F] | [C] | [F]

It's [C] nine o' [G] clock on a [F] Saturday [C]
[F] The regular [C] crowd shuffles [D7] in [G]
There's an [C] old man [G] sitting [F] next to me [C]
Making [F] love to his [G] tonic and [C] gin [C]
| [C] | [G] | [F]   | [C] |
| [F] | [G] | [C]   | [F] | [C] | [F]

He says, [C] "Son can you [G] play me a [F] memory [C]
I'm [F] not really [C] sure how it [D7] goes [G]
But it's [C] sad and it's [G] sweet and I [F] knew it complete [C]
When [F] I wore a [G] younger man's [C] clothes" [C]

Bridge
[Am] La, la- [Am] la, di-di [D7] da [D7]
[Am] La- [Am] la di-di [D7] da, da [D7]
| [G] dum | [F] | [Em] | [G7] |

Chorus
[C] Sing us a [G] song, you're the [F] piano man [C]
[F] Sing us a [C] song to- [D7] night [G]
Well, we're [C] all in the [G] mood for a [F] melody [C]
And [F] you've got us [G] feeling all [C] right [C]
| [C] | [G] | [F]   | [C] |
| [F] | [G] | [C]   | [F] | [C] | [F]

Now [C] John at the [G] bar is a [F] friend of mine [C]
He [F] gets me my [C] drinks for free [D7] [G]
And he's [C] quick with a [G] joke or to [F] light up your [C] smoke
But there's [F] someplace that [G] he'd rather [C] be [C] [F] [F]

He says [C] "Bill, I be- [G] lieve this is [F] killing me" [C]
As the [F] smile ran a- [C] way from his [D7] face [G]
"Well I'm [C] sure that I [G] could be a [F] movie star [C]
If [F] I could get [G] out of this [C] place" [C]

Bridge
[Am] La, la- [Am] la, di-di [D7] da [D7]
[Am] La- [Am] la di-di [D7] da, da [D7]
| [G] dum | [F] | [Em] | [G7] |

Now [C] Paul is a [G] real estate [F] novelist [C]
Who [F] never had time [C] for a [D7] wife [G]
And he's [C] talking with [G] Davey who's [F] still in the [C] Navy
And [F] probably [G] will be for [C] life [C]
| [C] | [G] | [F]   | [C] |
| [F] | [G] | [C]   | [C] | [F] | [F]

And the [C] waitress is [G] practicing [F] politics [C]
As the [F] businessmen [C] slowly gets [D7] stoned [G]
Yes they're [C] sharing a [G] drink they call [F] loneliness [C]
But it's [F] better than [G] drinking a- [C] lone [C]

Instrumental Bridge
| [Am] | [Am] | [D7] | [D7] |
| [Am] | [Am] | [D7] | [D7] |
| [Am] | [Am] | [D7] | [D7] |
| [G]   | [F]   | [Em] | [G7] |

Chorus
[C] Sing us a [G] song, you're the [F] piano man [C]
[F] Sing us a [C] song to- [D7] night [G]
Well, we're [C] all in the [G] mood for a [F] melody [C]
And [F] you've got us [G] feeling all [C] right [C]
| [C] | [G] | [F]   | [C] |
| [F] | [G] | [C]   | [F] | [C] | [F]

It's a [C] pretty good [G] crowd for a [F] Saturday [C]
And the [F] manager [C] gives me a [D7] smile [G]
'Cause he [C] knows that it's [G] me they've been [F] coming to [C] see
To for- [F] get about [G] life for a- [C] while  [C] [F] [F]

And the [C] piano it [G] sounds like a [F] carnival [C]
And the [F] microphone [C] smells like a [D7] beer [G]
And they [C] sit at the bar [G] and put [F] bread in my [C] jar
And say [F] "Man, what are [G] you doing [C] here" [C]

Bridge
[Am] La, la- [Am] la, di-di [D7] da [D7]
[Am] La- [Am] la di-di [D7] da, da [D7]
| [G] dum | [F] | [Em] | [G7] |

Chorus
[C] Sing us a [G] song, you're the [F] piano man [C]
[F] Sing us a [C] song to- [D7] night [G]
Well, we're [C] all in the [G] mood for a [F] melody [C]
And [F] you've got us [G] feeling all [C] right [C]
| [C] | [G] | [F]   | [C] |
| [F] | [G] | [C]   | [F] | [C] | [F] | [C↓]


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Signs (Key of G)
Five Man Electrical Band (Les Emmerson, 1970)


      Basic Strum:
4/4 | D - - - D - D u |
      1   2   3   4 &


    Intro Riff:
      G                 Gsus2 G             Gsus2 G             Gsus4 G  
4/4 | D - - - D - - - - | D   U - - D - - - | D   U - - D - - - | D   U - - D - - - |
      1       3           1   &     3         1   &     3         1   &     3

Verse 1
And the | [F] sign said | [C] "Long- haired freaky people
| [G] need not ap- | [C] ply"
So I | [G] tucked my hair up | [D] under my hat and I
| [C] went in to ask him | [D] why
| [Em7] He said "You look like a | fine upstanding young
| [C] man, I think you'll | do"
So I | [G] took off my hat and said "I- | [D] magine that!
Heh, | [C] me workin' for | [D] you!" Whoah

Chorus
| [G] Sign sign | [F] everywhere a [C] sign |
| [G] Blockin' out the scenery, | [C] breakin' my mind |
| [G] Do this, don't do | [D] that, can't you read the | [F] sign? | [F] |
Intro Riff | [G] | [G] | [G] | [G] |

Verse 2
And the | [F] sign said anybody | [C] caught trespassin'
| [G] would be shot out of | [C] sight
So I | [G] jumped on the fence and I | [D] yelled at the house
| [C] "Hey, what gives you the | [D] right?
To | [Em7] put up a fence to | keep me out but to
| [C] keep Mother Nature | in,
If | [G] God was here he'd | [D] tell you to your face,
| [C] "Man you're some kind of | [D] sinner!"

Chorus
| [G] Sign sign | [F] everywhere a [C] sign |
| [G] Blockin' out the scenery, | [C] breakin' my mind |
| [G] Do this, don't do | [D] that, can't you read the | [F] sign? | [F]   |
| [G] | [G] |

Bridge
Now | [D] hey there mister | can't you read?
You | [C] gotta have a shirt and | [G] tie to get a seat
You | [G] can't even watch, no | [D] you can't even
| [C] You ain't supposed to
Intro Riff | [G] be here | [G]   | [G]   | [G]

Acappella
Sign said you got to have a membership card to get inside...Uh!
Instrumental Chorus
| [G] | [F] [C] | [G] | [C] |
| [G] | [D]     | [F] | [F] |
Intro Riff | [G] | [G] | [G] | [G] |

Verse 3
And the | [F] sign said | [C] "Everybody welcome come
| [G] in, kneel down and | [C] pray"
But when they | [G] passed around the plate at the | [D] end of it all,
I | [C] didn't have a penny to | [D] pay
So I | [Em7] got me a pen and a | paper,
and I | [C] made up my own little | sign
I said | [G] "Thank you Lord for | [D] thinkin' about me,
I'm a- | [C] live and doin' | [D] fine!"

Chorus
| [G] Sign sign | [F] everywhere a [C] sign |
| [G] Blockin' out the scenery, | [C] breakin' my mind |
| [G] Do this, don't do | [D] that, can't you read the | [F] sign? | [F]   |
| [G] Sign sign | [F] everywhere a [C] sign |
| [G]   | [C]   | [G]   | [D]   | [F]   | [F]   |
Intro Riff | [G] | [G] | [G] | [G] |


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Signs
Five Man Electrical Band (Les Emmerson, 1970)


      Basic Strum:
4/4 | D - - - D - D u |
      1   2   3   4 &


    Intro Riff:
      D                 Dsus2 D             Dsus2 D             Dsus4 D
4/4 | D - - - D - - - - | D   U - - D - - - | D   U - - D - - - | D   U - - D - - - |
      1       3           1   &     3         1   &     3         1   &     3

Verse 1
And the | [C] sign said | [G] "Long- haired freaky people
| [D] need not ap- | [G] ply"
So I | [D] tucked my hair up | [A] under my hat and I
| [G] went in to ask him | [A] why
| [Bm7] He said "You look like a | fine upstanding young
| [G] man, I think you'll | do"
So I | [D] took off my hat and said "I- | [A] magine that!
Heh, | [G] me workin' for | [A] you!" Whoah

Chorus
| [D] Sign sign | [C] everywhere a [G] sign |
| [D] Blockin' out the scenery, | [G] breakin' my mind |
| [D] Do this, don't do | [A] that, can't you read the | [C] sign? | [C] |
Intro Riff | [D] | [D] | [D] | [D] |

Verse 2
And the | [C] sign said anybody | [G] caught trespassin'
| [D] would be shot out of | [G] sight
So I | [D] jumped on the fence and I | [A] yelled at the house
| [G] "Hey, what gives you the | [A] right?
To | [Bm7] put up a fence to | keep me out but to
| [G] keep Mother Nature | in,
If | [D] God was here he'd | [A] tell you to your face,
| [G] "Man you're some kind of | [A] sinner!"

Chorus
| [D] Sign sign | [C] everywhere a [G] sign |
| [D] Blockin' out the scenery, | [G] breakin' my mind |
| [D] Do this, don't do | [A] that, can't you read the | [C] sign? | [C]   |
| [D] | [D] |

Bridge
Now | [A] hey there mister | can't you read?
You | [G] gotta have a shirt and | [D] tie to get a seat
You | [D] can't even watch, no | [A] you can't even
| [G] You ain't supposed to
Intro Riff | [D] be here | [D]   | [D]   | [D]

Acappella
Sign said you got to have a membership card to get inside...Uh!
Instrumental Chorus
| [D] | [C] [G] | [D] | [G] |
| [D] | [A]     | [C] | [C] |
Intro Riff | [D] | [D] | [D] | [D] |

Verse 3
And the | [C] sign said | [G] "Everybody welcome come
| [D] in, kneel down and | [G] pray"
But when they | [D] passed around the plate at the | [A] end of it all,
I | [G] didn't have a penny to | [A] pay
So I | [Bm7] got me a pen and a | paper,
and I | [G] made up my own little | sign
I said | [D] "Thank you Lord for | [A] thinkin' about me,
I'm a- | [G] live and doin' | [A] fine!"

Chorus
| [D] Sign sign | [C] everywhere a [G] sign |
| [D] Blockin' out the scenery, | [G] breakin' my mind |
| [D] Do this, don't do | [A] that, can't you read the | [C] sign? | [C]   |
| [D] Sign sign | [C] everywhere a [G] sign |
| [D]   | [G]   | [D]   | [A]   | [C]   | [C]   |
Intro Riff | [D] | [D] | [D] | [D] |


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The Weight
The Band (Robbie Robertson, 1968)


4/4 | D - D - - u d u |
      1   2  (3)& 4 &

|  [G]  [Bm7]   |  [Em]  [G]   |  [C]   |  [C]   |

| [G] I pulled into | [Bm7] Nazareth,
Was | [C] feeling 'bout half past | [G] dead   |
| [G] I just need some- | [Bm7] place
Where | [C] I can lay my | [G] head |
| [G] Hey mister, can you | [Bm7] tell me,
Where a | [C] man might find a | [G] bed?   |
| [G] He just grinned and | [Bm7] shook my hand   |
| [C] No was all he said | [G]   |

Chorus
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load off | [C] Fanny   |
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load for | [C] free   |
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load off | [C] Fanny   |
| [C↓↓]   And..and..and...
You put the load right on...        
...              (you put the load right on...)
|  [G]  [Bm7]   |  [Em]  [G]   |  [C]   |  [C]   |

| [G] I picked up my | [Bm7] bag
I went | [C] looking for a place to | [G] hide   |
| [G] When I saw | [Bm7] Carmen and the devil   |
| [C] Walking side by side | [G]     |
| [G] I said hey | [Bm7] Carmen
Come | [C] on let's go down- | [G] town   |
| [G] She said, no | [Bm7] I gotta go
But my | [C] friend can stick around | [G]   |

Chorus
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load off | [C] Fanny   |
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load for | [C] free   |
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load off | [C] Fanny   |
| [C↓↓]   And..and..and...
You put the load right on...        
...              (you put the load right on...)
|  [G]  [Bm7]   |  [Em]  [G]   |  [C]   |  [C]   |

| [G] Go down Miss | [Bm7] Moses
There's | [C] nothing you can | [G] say   |
| [G] It's just old | [Bm7] Luke and Luke's
A- | [C] waiting on the judgement | [G] day   |
| [G] Well, Luke my | [Bm7] friend
What a- | [C] bout young Anna- | [G] Lee?   |
| [G] He said do me a | [Bm7] favour son
Won't you | [C] stay and keep Anna- Lee | [G] company   |

Chorus
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load off | [C] Fanny   |
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load for | [C] free   |
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load off | [C] Fanny   |
| [C↓↓]   And..and..and...
You put the load right on...        
...              (you put the load right on...)
|  [G]  [Bm7]   |  [Em]  [G]   |  [C]   |  [C]   |

| [G] Crazy Chester | [Bm7] followed me
And he | [C] caught me in the | [G] fog   |
| [G] He said I will | [Bm7] treat you right
If you'll | [C] just take Jack my | [G] dog   |
| [G] I said, hey wait a minute | [Bm7] Chester
You know | [C] I'm a peaceful man | [G]     |
| [G] He said, that's o- | [Bm7] kay, boy
Won't you | [C] feed him when you can | [G]   |

Chorus
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load off | [C] Fanny   |
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load for | [C] free   |
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load off | [C] Fanny   |
| [C↓↓]   And..and..and...
You put the load right on...        
...              (you put the load right on...)
|  [G]  [Bm7]   |  [Em]  [G]   |  [C]   |  [C]   |

Instrumental (Verse)
| [G] | [Bm7] | [C] | [G] |
| [G] | [Bm7] | [C] | [G] |
| [G] | [Bm7] | [C] | [G] |
| [G] | [Bm7] | [C] | [G] |

| [G] Catch a | [Bm7] cannonball now
To | [C] take me down the | [G] line   |
| [G] My bag is | [Bm7] sinking low
And I | [C] do believe it's | [G] time   |
| [G] To get back to Miss | [Bm7] Fanny
You know | [C] she's the only one | [G]   |
| [G] Who sent me | [Bm7] here with her
Re- | [C] gards for everyone | [G]   |

Chorus
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load off | [C] Fanny   |
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load for | [C] free   |
| [G] Take a [Bm7] load off | [C] Fanny   |
| [C↓↓]   And..and..and...
You put the load right on...        
...              (you put the load right on...)
|  [G]  [Bm7]   |  [Em]  [G]   |  [C]   |  [C]   |

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When I'm Cleaning Windows
George Formby (Fred Cliff, Harry Gifford & George Formby, 1936)


Intro
| [C] | [C7] | [F]     | [D7] |
| [C] | [C]   | [Cdim7] | [C]   |

Now | [C] I go window | cleaning to | [D7] earn an honest | bob
| [G] For a nosey | parker it's an | interesting | [C] job

Now | [C] it's a job that | [C7] just suits me,
a | [F] window cleaner | [D7] you would be
If | [C] you could see what | I can see,
| [Cdim7] when I'm cleaning | [C] windows

The | [C] honeymooning | [C7] couples too,
| [F] you should see them | [D7] bill and coo
You'd | [C] be surprised at | things they do,
| [Cdim7] when I'm cleaning | [C] windows

Chorus
In | [E7] my profession | I work hard,
| [A7] but I'll never | stop.
I'll | [D7] climb this blinking | ladder 'til
I | [G7] get right to the | top

The | [C] blushing bride she | [C7] looks divine,
the | [F] bridegroom he is | [D7] doing fine
I'd | [C] rather have his | job than mine,
| [Cdim7] when I'm cleaning | [C] windows

The | [C] chambermaid sweet | [C7] names I call,
| [F] it's a wonder | [D7] I don't fall
My | [C] mind's not on me | work at all,
| [Cdim7] when I'm cleaning | [C] windows

I | [C] know a fellow | [C7] such a swell,
he | [F] has a thirst that's | [D7] plain to tell
I've | [C] seen him drink his | bath as well,
| [Cdim7] when I'm cleaning | [C] windows

Chorus
In | [E7] my profession | I work hard,
| [A7] but I'll never | stop.
I'll | [D7] climb this blinking | ladder 'til
I | [G7] get right to the | top

Py- | [C] jamas lying | [C7] side by side
| [F] ladies' nighties | [D7] I have spied
I've | [C] often seen what | goes inside,
| [Cdim7] when I'm cleaning | [C] windows

Instrumental
Intro
| [C] | [C7] | [F]     | [D7] |
| [C] | [C]   | [Cdim7] | [C]   |

| [C] | [C7] | [F]     | [D7] |
| [C] | [C]   | [Cdim7] | [C]   |
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[E7] All day up this ladder
I'm as [A7] happy as can be
It's [D7] not my fault I see a lot of [G] things
I shouldn't [G7] see

| [C] there's a famous | [C7] talkie queen,
She | [F] looks a flapper | [D7] on the screen
She's | [C] more like eighty | than eighteen,
| [Cdim7] when I'm cleaning | [C] windows

She | [C] pulls her hair all | [C7] down behind,
| [F] then pulls down her, | [D7] never mind
| [C] After that pulls | down the blind,
| [Cdim7] when I'm cleaning | [C] windows

In | [E7] my profession | I work hard,
| [A7] but I'll never | stop.
I'll | [D7] climb this blinking | ladder 'til
I | [G7] get right to the | top

[E7] All day up this ladder
I'm as [A7] happy as can be
It's [D7] not my fault I see a lot of [G] things
I shouldn't [G7] see

At [C↓] 8 o'clock, a [C7↓] girl she wakes,
at [F↓] 5 past 8, a [D7↓] bath she takes
At [C↓] 10 past 8, me [A7↓] ladder breaks,
[Cdim7] when I'm cleaning [C] windows

Instrumental
[C]   [C7]   [F]   [D7]   [C]   [A7]   [Cdim7]
When I'm cleaning [C] windows [C↓]  [G7↓]  [C↓]

#This recording is in the key of Bb. Chart is in key of C.
#To play along, down tune your ukulele by a whole tone.

#Last Updated 07/28/20 JJ
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