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What It Means Chords

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Chords taken from Drive By Truckers What It Means Official Video on VEVO off Youtube. Final verse isn't played by the lead singer with the rest of the band playing but if just playing solo use the same chord progression. Was this info helpful? Yes No
CHORDS
E  (022100)
A4 (002200)
A9 (002100)


[Verse 1]
E
He was running down the street
E
When they shot him in his tracks
A4                  A9
About the only thing agreed upon
A4                  A9
Is he ain't coming back
E
There won't be any trial
E
So the air it won't be cleared
A4                  A9
There's just two sides calling names
A4                  A9
Out of anger out of fear
E
If you say it wasn't racial
E
When they shot him in his tracks
A4                  A9
Well I guess that means that you ain't black
A4                  A9
It means that you ain't black
E
I mean Barack Obama won
E
And you can choose where to eat
A4                  A9
But you don't see too many white kids lying
A4                  A9
Bleeding on the street

[Verse 2]
E
In some town in Missouri
E
But it could be anywhere 
A4                  A9
It could be right here on Ruth Street
A4                  A9
In fact it's happened here
E
And it happened where you're sitting
E
Wherever that might be
A4                  A9
And it happened last weekend
A4                  A9
And it will happen again next week
E
And when they turned him over
E
They were surprised there was no gun
A4                  A9
I mean he must have done something
A4                  A9
Or else why would he have run
E
And they'll spin it for the anchors
E
On the television screen
A4                  A9
So we can shrug and let it happen
A4                  A9
Without asking what it means


[Chorus]
E
What it means?
E
What it means?

[Verse 3]
E
Then I guess there was protesting
E
And some looting in some stores
A4                  A9
And someone was reminded that
A4                  A9
They ain't called colored folks no more
E
I mean we try to be politically
E
Correct when we call names
A4                  A9
But what's the point of post-racial
A4                  A9
When old prejudice remains?
E
And that guy who killed that kid
E
Down in Florida standing ground
A4                  A9
Is free to beat up on his girlfriend
A4                  A9
And wave his brand new gun around
E
While some kid is dead and buried
E
And laying in the ground
E
With a pocket full of skittles

[Chorus]
E
What it means?
E
What it means?

[Verse 4]
E
Astrophysics at our fingertips
E
And we're standing at the summit
A4                  A9
And some man with a joystick
A4                  A9
Lands a rocket on a comet
E
We're living in an age
E
Where limitations are forgotten
A4                  A9
The outer edges move and dazzle us
A4                  A9
But the core is something rotten
E
And we're standing on the precipice
E
Of prejudice and fear
A4                  A9
We trust science just as long
A4                  A9
As it tells us what we want to hear
E
We want our truths all fair and balanced
E
As long as our notions lie within it
A4                  A9
There's no sunlight in our asses
A4                  A9
And our heads are stuck up in it
E
And our heroes may be rapists
E
Who watch us while we dream
A4                  A9
But don't look to me for answers
A4                  A9
Cuz I don't know what it means

[Chorus]
E
What it means?
E
What it means?
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Happy Billy 10 Oct 21, 2016 12:32 AM

Good tab, interesting to note the step down tuning

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11Eleven11 115 Oct 28, 2016 11:47 PM

Thanks for the comment!

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alwaysrockon 10 Nov 02, 2016 03:31 AM

I think the line "and a pocket full of skittles" should be the A4 to A9 change

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