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Allentown Chords

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Allentown by Billy Joel

[Intro]
C D G 3x

                G       Em     D
Well we're living here in Allentown
                C               D      G
And they're closing all the factories down
        Em                      A      D
Out in Bethlehem they're killing time
  A           Em       A      D
Filling out forms - Standing in line
             G                  Em             D
Well our fathers fought the Second World War
                C                   D  G
Spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore
             Em         A   D
Met our mothers in the USO
    A           D              A              D
Asked them to dance, Danced with them slow
        G           Em         D
And we're living here in Allentown

        F               G              C
But the restlessness was handed down
        Em              C      G      D  Em  D
And it's getting very hard to stay

C D GC D G
                G       Em     D
Well we're waiting here in Allentown
                C               D      G
For the Pennsylvania we never found
        Em              A      D
For the promises our teachers gave
  A           Em       A      D
If we worked hard , If we behaved
     G                  Em             D
So the graduations hang on the wall
        C                   D     G
But they never really helped us at all
             Em                 A        D
No they never taught us what was real
    A           D      A          D
Iron and coke - And chromium steel

        G           Em         D
And we're waiting here in Allentown

        F               G              C
But they've taken all the coal from the ground
        Em              C      G      D  Em  D
And the union people crawled away

C D G

F               G              A#
Every child had a pretty good shot
F               G              A#
To get at least as far as their old man got
F               G              A#
But something happened on the way to that 

Place
F               G              A#
They threw an American flag in our face

C D G
        G           Em         D
Well I'm living here in Allentown
                C               D      G
And it's hard to keep a good man down
        Em              C      G      D  Em  D
But I won't be getting up today   -  ay  -  ay

C D G

[SOLO] F G A#  (4x)

        Em              C      G      D  Em  D
And it's getting very hard to stay
                C       D      G
And we're living here in Allentown

The D Chord is often lifted and dropped on the E string.
The F-G-A# part is played by sliding the F up the bridge.
Submitted by David Whitney
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