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99 Red Balloons Chords

by Nena
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Capo on 2nd fret
I performed this song at my school's pop show and the second and last verse, I 
translated to spanish. At the bottom of this tab, I've done so just in case you 
want to make it interesting..

(Strum these chords once at a time:) (no intro)
1st Verse:

D              Em
You and I in a little toy shop
      G                        A
Buy a bag of balloons with the money we got
D                    Em
Set them free at the break of dawn
     G                     A
Till one by one, they were gone

D             Em
Back at base, bugs in the software
G                  A
Flash the message: Something's out there...
D               Em
Floating in the summer sky
G  A                 D Em G A     
99 Red Balloons go by...

2nd Verse:

D  Em
99 Red Balloons
G               A
Floating in the summer sky
D               Em
Panicking, it's red alert
        G                   A
There's something here from somewhere else
D            Em
War machines spring to life
G            A
Opens up one eager eye
D           Em
Focusing it on the sky
      G  A               D (hold)
Where 99 Red Balloons go by...

(pick back up with 3rd Verse:)

D     Em
99 Decision street
G      A
99 ministers meet
   D            Em
To worry, worry; super scurry
G                   A
Call the troops out in a hurry
D                  Em
This is what we've waited for
G                 A
This is it, boys, this is war
    D            Em
The president is on the line
   G  A                D Em G A
As 99 Red Balloons go by...

4th Verse:

D          Em
99 knights of the air
     G               A
Ride super high-tech jet fighters
D            Em
Everyone's a super hero
G            A
Everyone's a Captain Kirk
     D          Em
With orders to identify
   G            A
To clarify and classify
D               Em
Scramble in the summer sky
   G  A               D Em
As 99 Red Balloons go by...
   G  A               D Em G A
As 99 Red Balloons go by...

(Strum these last chords once at a time:)

5th Verse (last verse:)
D         Em
99 dreams I have had
   G              A
In each and every red balloon
D                      Em
  It's all over and I'm  standing pretty
G                A
In the dust that was a city
   D              Em
If i could find a souveneir
G                 A
Just to prove the world was here
D             Em
And here is a red balloon
G                A                (pluck D string once)
  I think of you   and let it go...

(Now for the 2nd and last verse spanglish translation:)

2nd Verse:

99 Globos De Air
Flotando en cielo verano
Panico, rojo alerta
Algo aqui de algun donde else
Guerra maquina vine vida
Abre un ojo ansioso
Centrado en el cielo
Donde 99 Globos pasan

5th, Last Verse:

99 suenos yo habia
En cada globo de aire
It's all over and I'm standing pretty
En el polvo que era una ciudad
If I could find a souveneir
Al probar el mundo fue aqui
And here is a red balloon
I think of you, and let it go...

The reason why the spanish says "99 globos de AIR" is because in german, 
"luftbalons" means "air ballons" but in english, i kept it as "Red" because that's 
how the song is known. In spansih, not to many people would notice this change. 
It's kind of just for my own good. I hope you enjoyed and/or found this helpful (:
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CD-L wrote on May 17 2011, 07:58 pm

Instead of "Panicking," it's "Panic bells,"

.....I was tired hah.

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CRACKERxxJACK wrote on March 18 2014, 10:45 pm

awesome! thanks:)

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edwardseamans wrote on July 10 2014, 02:21 am

In your Spanglish translation, keep in mind that "Luftballons" in German simply means "balloons". (Yes, Luft means "air" in English, but the direct translation of Luftballon is still simply "balloon".) Globo is indeed the Spanish word for balloon; I don't speak Spanish, but "Globos de Air" is probably as awkward to a Spanish speaker as the term "Air balloons" would be to an English speaker. Since English speakers never say "Air balloons", Nena made it "red balloons" because the German word for balloons (Luftballon) has an extra syllable and she already had written the song in German (and she probably picked "red" because of its association with danger in line with the theme of the song.)

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