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Silver Street Chords

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Ben Folds ¡V Silver Street (From the album, ¡§Ben Folds Live¡¨

Side note: When playing this on piano, you¡¦ll need to play those signature Ben Folds
chromatically ascending triplet of bass notes. (for instance, the C,Db,D right before the
d minor chord played on the word ¡§you¡¦ve¡¨) I¡¦ll not list them here because the tab
get way too messy, but if you¡¦re just loosely learning this song like I did, these add a
feel.

Intro: DbMaj7, EbMaj7, GbMaj7  (if you¡¦re playing this on piano, you should be able to
enough figure out by ear what Ben is playing, using these chords) If you absolutely
however, look at the bottom of this tab for the exact notes played) (this progression is
played as the outro of the 1st chorus, as well as the first two chords of it being played
the outro of the song (the ¡§never leaving, never leaving, never leaving,¡¨ etc part.)

¡KJust listen to the song and you¡¦ll know what I mean¡K


Verse 1:
Now the houses are ghosts over Silver Street
              F                Dm              C
you've got them dressed up like clowns
Dm                        C                      G/B
married couples slamming doors
Gm7
bums praising the lord
         Am7              A dim 6/D
your playing tapes for the town
Bb                 Eb                F   F6   F

Pre-Chorus 1:

well the neighborhoods next
              Am7
and your college friends
               A aug 7
are getting younger every year
Dm             F/C                  G/B


Chorus1:

the wind don't blow
Bmaj7             Am7
and the grass don't grow
             Ab            Gm7
you¡¦re never leaving Silver Street
            F7                  DbMaj7, EbMaj7, GbMaj7

Verse 2:

You bought some brown wire frames at a junkshop
                             F                 Dm             C
that was your trademark at school
Dm                  C                  G/B
now the're barely hanging on
                  Gm7
and the styles are moving on
             Am7                      A dim 6/D
hard for a man to stay cool
Bb            Eb               F


Pre-Chorus 2:
now the seasons change
              Am7
and the storefronts change
             A aug 7
everything else stays the same
Dm             F/C                G/B

Chorus 2:

the wind don't blow
Bmaj7             Am7
and the grass don't grow
             Ab            Gm7
you¡¦re never leaving Silver Street
            F7                  F, Bb/F, C/F, F

Bridge:

Now don't get me wrong
         Bb
cause, oh-o, woah - I
           Bbm
like this neighborhood
Am
and, now, seeing you was good
                 dm                    D (see note on this D chord below)
but now we spent the day
              Dm                A aug/Db
so com-pletely unin-spired
             F/C              G/B
asking why oh why would I be tired?
           G, G, G/A, G/Bb, G/Bb,
G/Bb, G/Bb, G/Bb, G/B,
G/B

Verse 3:

the're filling the potholes in on Silver Street
                          F            Dm     C
waking the neighbors up at noon
Dm             C                       G/B
now your friends are out on break
Gm7
and your out on your brown lawn
                Am7                       A dim 6/D
raking the junk with a broom
Bb             Eb              F

Pre-Chorus 3:
now the seasons change
              Am7
and the storefronts change
             A aug 7
everything else stays the same
Dm             F/C                 G/B
Chorus 3:

the wind don't blow
Bmaj7             Am7
and the grass don't grow
             Ab            Gm7
you¡¦re never leaving Silver Street
            F7                  DbMaj7, EbMaj7, GbMaj7

outro:
never leaving
DbMaj7, EbMaj7
never leaving
DbMaj7, EbMaj7
never leaving
DbMaj7, EbMaj7
never leaving
DbMaj7, EbMaj7
oh oh oh oh
DbMaj7, EbMaj7, F

note; the D chord used in the bridge during the lyric, ¡§good¡¨ Is actually the right
even though it sounds bad.  If you listen closely to Ben¡¦s recording of this song on ¡§Ben
Live,¡¨ he does play this chord.  It¡¦s either him being very jazzy and experimental or
plain screwing up ļ If you want it to sound better, just play dm instead, or
I also replace it with a C chord cause it sounds nice ļ

note: the into progression that is repeated throughout the song (DbMaj7, EbMaj7, GbMaj7)
be played on the piano as:

right hand:

DbMaj7: (C4, G4), F4
EbMaj7: (D4, Bb4), Ab4
GbMaj7: (F4, Ab4, Eb5), (F4, Ab4, Db5)

Left hand:

DbMaj7: Db
EbMaj7:  Eb
GbMaj7: Gb

(the notes in parenthesis are played simultaneously)


Hope this helps, everybody.  If anyone has questions, comments, concerns, complaints, or
just wanna talk about how f¡¦ing orgasmic Ben Folds¡¦ music is, email me at: JJacobs6@binghamton.edu

Cheers!

Jeff from Wantagh
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halfmike wrote on June 14 2010, 12:49 pm

most of the chords sound good but I keep getting confused by them being under the vocal instead of above. oh and idk about the bridge but otherwise sounds great

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