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Match Stalk Men Chords

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MATCH STALK MEN AND MATCH STALK CATS AND DOGS

I looked around found a few naff ones so changed a few chords n this is what i came up with.

standard tuning and no capo

I couldnt find the offical website but this should do

http://www.last.fm/music/Brian+and+Michael

C
He  painted  salford  Smokey  tops,
     AM
On  Cardboard  boxes  from  the  shops.
       A                   A7                  DM
And  parts  of  ancolts  where  I  used  to  play.
      F
I’m  sure  he  once  walked  down  our  street,
               C
cause  he  painted  kids  who  had  nout  on  their  feet,
       G                                      C
The  clothes  he  wore  had  all seen better  days,

C
Now  they  said  his  works  of  art  where  dull,
      AM
No  room  about  the  wall  was  full,
       A             A7          DM
But  Lowry  didn’t  care  much  anyway,
         F
They  said  he  just  paints  cats  and  dogs.
       C
And  Match stalk  men  in  boots  and  clogs,
        G                                          C
And  Lowry  said  that’s  just  the  way  they’ll  stay,

(chorus)
              C                                                                 
                               F
             And  he  painted  Match stalk  men  and  Match stalk  cats  and  dogs,
                                G                                               
                                       C
             He  painted  kids  on  the  corner  of  the  streets  with  the  sparking  clogs,
                                                                                       F
             And  now  he  takes  his  brush  and  he  waits  outside  them  factory  gates,
                                   G                                            
                           C
             To  paint  his  Match stalk  men  and  Match stalk  cats  and  dogs,




C
Now  canvas  and  brushes  where  wearing  thin,
          AM
When  London  started  calling  him,
       A                  A7                 DM
To  come  on  down  and  wear  the  old  flat  cap,
                 F
They  said  tell  us  all  about  your  ways,
        C
And  all  about  them  salford  days,
        G                                 C
Is  it  true  you’re  just  an  ordinary  chap.
                                                                 (chorus)


       C
Now  Lowry's  hand  upon  the  wall,
AM
Beside  the  greatest  of  them  all,
       A             A7          DM
And  even  the  Mona Lisa  takes  a  bow,
       F
This  tired  old  man  with  hair  like  snow,
        C
Told  northern  folk  its  time  to  go,
     G                                               C
The  fever  came  and  the  good  Lord  mopped  his  brow,


(chorus 2)
                C                                                               
                                  F
                And  he  left  us  Match stalk  men  and  Match stalk  cats  and  dogs,
                                 G                                              
                                         C
                He  left  us  kids  on  the  corner  of  the  streets  with  the  
 clogs,
                                                                                  F
                Now  he  takes  his  brush  and  he  waits  outside  them  pearly  gates,
                                     G                                          
                              C
                To  paint  his  Match stalk  men  and  Match stalk  cats  and  dogs,


Repeat 2nd chorus
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arabstrap wrote on April 11 2009, 06:51 am

Perfect - same as how i had worked it out, except for the key change at the end of the song. When the choir really kicks in, it goes to D G A - 'And he left us matchstalk men and matchstalk cat's and dogs'. Have a listen - i hadn't noticed it till recently. Good job though!

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TerryRDean wrote on December 15 2013, 07:44 am, edited at 07:49 am

There are a number of errors in the lyrics and one additional chord would make it sound better.The additional chord is in the third bar of the second line in each verse. The Am can be played throughout but it's better to play Gdim, e.g. in verse 1 the Gdim comes in on the words "...from the shops". Watch a video where the lead singer is also playing acoustic guitar, look closely and you'll see (and hear the melody note of Bb, play Gdim on fret 2.These are the correct lyrics and chords:2/4 time C intro, with alternate C and G bass notes (4 bars)C He painted Salford's smokey tops, Am GdimOn cardboard boxes from the shops, A A7 Dm And parts of Ancoats where I used to play, Dm I'm sure he once walked down our street, C 'cause he painted kids who had nowt on their feet, G C Am Dm G7 And the clothes they wore had all seen better days.
C Now they said his works of art were dull, Am Gdim No room old lad the walls are full, A A7 DmBut Lowry didn't care much anyway, Dm They said, he just paints cats and dogs, C And matchstalk men in boots and clogs, G C G7And Lowry said, That's just the way they'll stay.
(chorus 1) C Dm
And he painted matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs, G7 CHe painted kids on the corner of the streets that were sparking clogs, C DmAnd now he takes his brush and he waits outside them factory gates, G7 C G7To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs.
C Now canvas and brushes where wearing thin, Am GdimWhen London started calling him, A A7 Dm To come on down and wear the old flat cap, Dm They said, tell us all about your ways, CAnd all about them Salford days, G C G7Is it true you're just an ordinary chap. (chorus 1) C Now Lowrys hang upon the wall, Am GdimBeside the greatest of them all, A A7 DmAnd even the Mona Lisa takes a bow, [Lisa is pronounced 'Leeza' here] Dm This tired old man with hair like snow, C Told northern folk it's time to go, G C G7The fever came and the Good Lord mopped his brow.
(chorus 2) C DmAnd he left us matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs, G C G7He left us kids on the corner of the street that were sparking clogs, C DmNow he takes his brush and he waits outside them pearly gates, G C A7To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs. (key change up one tone to D and repeat chorus 2)
(repeat chorus 2 again, this time with children singing the counter melody 'The Alley Alley-O; slows on last line. Slow staccato chords to close: D D G Gdim DTerry

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TerryRDean wrote on December 15 2013, 08:00 am

I tried to post the whole song as a correction. Please ignore my comments above and look at my version of the tab instead. Apologies.

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