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Only The Good Die Young
The Stranger, 1977
Billy Joel (greatest of all time)

CAPO 5

Chords Used: C  x32010    G  320033
             D  xx0232    A  x02220
             Em 022000  G/B  x2003x


[Verse]

C                  D            Em
Come out Virginia, don't let me wait
    C                     D       G
You Catholic girls start much too late
    C                   D            Em
But sooner or later it comes down to fate
  C                    D
I might as well be the one

           C                    D           Em
Well, They showed you a statue, told you to pray
     C                       D         G
They built you a temple and locked you away
    C                       D              Em
But they never told you the price that you pay
    C                          D
For things that you might have done


[Chorus]

                  G
Only the good die young
C                  D  G
  Thats What I Said
                  C
only the good die young
              D       G
only the good die young


[Verse]

               C                  D         Em
You might have heard I run with a dangerous crowd
   C                   D         G
We ain't too pretty we ain't too proud
   C                   D        Em
We might be laughing a bit too loud
    C                  D
But that never hurt no one

        C             D       Em
So come on Virginia show me a sign
C                     D             G
Send up a signal I'll throw you the line
    C                            D        Em
The stained-glass curtain you're hiding behind
C                 D
Never lets in the sun


[Chorus]

                          G
Darlin' only the good die young
C                           D
  whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
G                             C
  i tell ya only the good die young
              D        G
only the good die young


[Bridge]

          D                      C                       G
You got a nice white dress and a party on your confirmation
          A                        C
You got a brand new soul, And a cross of gold
       D                           C                    G
But Virginia they didn't give you quite enough information
            A                                         C
You didn't count on me when you were counting on your rosary
D  C    G/B
oh woah woah


[Verse]

     C                        D              Em
They say there's a heaven for those who will wait
C                        D        G
Some say it's better but I say it ain't
           C                           D            Em
I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints
    C                     D
the Sinners are much more fun


[Chorus]

                                G
you know that only the good die young
C             D
 oh woah baby
G                            C
 i tell ya only the good die young
              D       G
only the good die young


[Instrumental]

D  C  G    A    C


[Bridge]

             D                                C                   G
You say your mother told you all that I could give you was a reputation
              A
Aww She never cared for me
                       C
But did she ever say a prayer for me?
D  C    G/B
oh woah woah


[Verse]

         C                    D          Em
Come out come out come out virgina dont let me wait,
C             D           G
 You catholic girls start much too late
C                   D             Em
 Sooner or later it comes down to fate
  C                    D
I might as well be the one,
                                G          C
You know that only the good die young


[Outro]

D  G  G  C  D  G


Once you figure out the strumming, it sounds spot on. I like to hit the chord then 
mute, them upstrum it.  i think that sounds the most like Billy.

            
            
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JustinFoldsFive 89 Aug 08, 2007 09:55 AM

The song sounds best if you play the following chord instead of E minor;

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It's just an E minor that you add a high G to.

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cooljew 153 Aug 21, 2007 10:26 AM

good effort, but for the chorus the chords go, G,C,D,G....you never hit the C as the lead chord...otherwise good tab.

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Goodcall14 10 Sep 11, 2010 05:34 PM

very good tab, i just love this song

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