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Sweet Gene Vincent Chords

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...SWEET GENE VINCENT... by Ian Dury & The Blockheads

*from 'New Boots and Panties!!' (1977)*

Intro: (Spoken)

Blue Gene baby...

F, Dm (x2)

F                         Dm
 Skinny white sailor, the chances were slender,
    F                   Dm
The beauties were brief.
        F                             Dm
Shall I mourn your decline, with some Thunderbird wine,
            F            Dm
And a black handkerchief?

            F             Bb
I miss your sad, Virginia whisper.
           G7                    C     Caug
I miss the voice, that called my heart.

Bb     Am   Dm      Bb         Am      Gm
 Sweet Gene Vincent, young and old and gone.
C      A7   Dm
 Sweet Gene Vincent.

 Who, who, who slapped John?

Interlude: (Faster Tempo)

G, D, G


G (n.C)
 White face, black shirt, white socks, black shoes.
Black hair, white Strat, bled white, died black.

Verse 1:

G      C    G                C                 G     D
 Sweet Gene Vincent, let the blue cats roll to-night;
       G        C            G     C               G      D        G
At the sock hop ball, in the union hall, where the bop is their de-light.

Verse 2:

          G           C               G
Here come duck-tailed Danny, dragging Uncanny Annie,
          C                   G     D
She's the one with the flying feet.
        G         C            G      C           G       D        G
You can break the peace, daddy sickle grease; the beat is reet com-plete.

Bridge 1:

        C                                       G                  G7
And you jump back honey in the dungarees, tight sweater and a pony tail;
Will you guess her age, when she comes back stage?
    A7                  D7    C#7
The hoodlums bite their nails.


C, G  G7, C  D7  G


G (n.C)
 Black gloves, white frost, black crepe, white lead.
White sheet, black knight, jet black, dead white.

Verse 3:

G      C    G                C            G    D
 Sweet Gene Vincent; there's one in every town,
        G     C                 G         C             G        D      G
And the Devil drives, 'till the hearse ar-rives and you lay that pistol down.

Verse 4:

G      C    G                C       G       D
 Sweet Gene Vincent; there's nowhere left to hide.
     G    C        G        C       G     D     G
With lazy skin and ash-tray eyes; a perfo-rated pride.


D  C (x2)

Verse 5:

               G     C             G                  C             G    D
So farewell ma-demoi-selle Knicker-bocker Hotel, fare-well to money owed.
              G         C              G         C
But when your leg still hurts, and you need more shirts,
           G        D      G
You got to get back on the road.


   F       Dm      Bb      G7      C      Caug     Am

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   Gm      A7      G       D       D7      C#7

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Tabbed by Joel from cLuMsY, Bristol, England, 2006 (clumsyband@hotmail.com)
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