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Allentown Chords

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# This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
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Allentown chords
Billy Joel

C D G 3x

A          Em             A    D
Well we're living here in Allentown
            Am              D         G
And they're closing all the factories down
       Em                A       Bm
Out in Bethlehem they're killing time
A           Em
Filling out forms
D           A
Standing in line.

         Em                 A            D
Well our fathers fought the Second World War
            Am              D      G
Spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore
        Em             A Bm  A
Met our mothers at the USO
A             Em  
Asked them to dance
D                A   A7
Danced with them slow

          Em             A    D
And we're living here in Allentown.
        F                G      C
But the restlessness was handed down
         Am           D       Em                    Bm       C D G
And it's getting very hard to staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

C D G 2x

A          Em              A    D
Well we're waiting here in Allentown
        Am           D        G
For the Pennsylvania we never found
        Em           A        Bm
For the promises our teachers gave
A            Em
If we worked hard
D       A    A7
If we behaved.

       Em          A           D
So the graduations hang on the wall
         Am           D            G
But they never really helped us at all
        Em              A        Bm
No they never taught us what was real
A       Em
Iron or coke,
D        A    A7
Chromium steel.

          Em              A    D
And we're waiting here in Allentown.
            F             G             C
But they've taken all the coal from the ground
        Am           D       Em          Bm       C D G
And the union people crawled awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

C D G 2x

F                 G           F
Every child had a pretty good shot
          G               F             Bb
To get at least as far as their old man got.
F                            G           F
If something happened on the way to that place
                            G          F G
They threw an American flag in our face, 

C D G 2x

A        Em             A    D
Well I'm living here in Allentown
         Am             D        G
And it's hard to keep a good man down.
      Am               D    Em           Bm           C D G
But I won't be getting up todaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy




         Am           D       Em       Bm     C D G
And it's getting very hard to staaaaaaaaaaaaaay.
          Am             D    G     C G
And we're living here in Allentown.


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maguri [tm] 28,239 Aug 25, 2012 10:51 AM, edited on May 31 2016, 04:49 pm


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maguri [tm] 28,239 Sep 20, 2012 03:04 PM, edited on November 30 2013, 12:14 pm

It's better now after the correction.

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wille234 10 Nov 08, 2016 06:57 AM

*iron and coal*

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