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The Pretender chords

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The Pretender
by Jackson Browne

[Chords Used]
   G    C/G   C    D    G/B     Am7    Em    B7   A9    A9/G
E|-3----0-----0----2----3-------0------0-----2-----3------3-----|
B|-0----1-----1----3----3-------1------0-----4-----2------2-----|
G|-0----0-----0----2----0-------0------0-----2-----4------4-----|
D|-0----2-----2----0----0-------2------2-----4-----2------2-----|
A|-x----3-----3---------2-------0------2------2----0------0-----|
E|-3----3-------------------------------------------------3-----|

     D/F#      G/D     D/C      D#7
E|---x---------3-------2--------2-------------------------|
B|---3---------3-------3--------1-------------------------|
G|---2---------0-------2--------2-------------------------|
D|---x---------x-------x--------1-------------------------|
A|---x---------5-------3----------------------------------|
E|---2----------------------------------------------------|

[Intro Part 1]
E|-7---------7--------7h8---------------8-----------8----------8-------|
B|-8--8--------8------------7s8--10----8---8----------8----------------|
G|-7------7--------7----------------------9------9----------9----------|
D|-0---------0--------0------------------10---------10--------10-------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|-------8----------|------------------------------|
B|-8---------8------|------------------------------|
G|----9----------9--|---REPEAT---------------------|
D|-------10---------|------------------------------|
A|------------------|------------------------------|
E|------------------|------------------------------|

[Intro Part 2]
E|-3---------------------|---------------------|
B|-3--0--1--0------0-----|---------------------|
G|-0--0--0--0---2--0--0--|-REPEAT--------------|
D|----0--2--0---2--0--2--|---------------------|
A|-----------------3--3--|---------------------|
E|-3------------------3--|---------------------|

[Verse 1]
                    G                                                 C/G
I'm gonna rent myself a house in the shade of the freeway,
              G                                                     D
         C
Gonna pack my lunch in the morning, and go to work each day
                     G                       C
And when the evening rolls around,
             G                               C
I'll go on home and lay my body down
                    G                                           D
And when the morning light comes streaming in
                               C  G/B    Am7  G
I'll get up and do it again          Amen
               C  G/B       Am7  G
Say it again                 Amen

e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-----------0-------------|
A|--2---3------------------|
E|-------------------------|

[Verse 2]
                  G
I want to know what became of the changes,
                     C/G
We waited for love to bring
                G
Were they only the fitful dreams
                            D       C
Of some greater  awakening
              G                              C
I've been aware of the time going by
                       G                              C
They say in the end it's the blink of an eye
                    G                                            D
And when the morning light comes streaming in
                                    C  G/B  Am7  G
You'll get up and do it again         Amen
                             D
Caught between the longing for love
             C                                Em    B7

And the struggle for the legal tender
                C/G
Where the sirens sing and the churchbells ring
            Em
And the junkman pounds his fender
               C                              G
Where the veterans dream of the fight,
         B7                       Em
Fast asleep at the traffic light
             A9                      A9/G                       D/F#
And the children solemnly wait for the ice cream vendor
Em   D                   C                          D
Em
           Out into the cool of the evening, strolls the pretender
                     C                            D
He knows that all his hopes an dreams
                G
Begin and end there

E|-----------------------------------3---------------|
B|--------3--5----------------------0----------------|
G|--2s4---------4--2-0-2-0-----0---------------------|
D|-------------------------------2-------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------3---------------|

C                                                    G
Ah the lovers as they run through the night
C                                                    Em
Leaving nothing but to choose off and fight
D#O7              G/D                     C
And tear at the world with all their might
               G/D                      Em
While the ships bearing their dreams
              G/D     D
Sail out of sight

[Verse 3]
              G
I'm gonna find myself a girl,
                                    C/G
Who can show me what laughter means
               G                                                 D
Then we'll fill in the missing colors in each others
                         C
Paint by number dreams
                     G                            C
And then we'll put our dark glasses on
                      G                                 C
And we'll make love until our strength is gone
                    G                                           D
And when the morning light comes streaming in
                                    C  G/B  Am7  G
We'll get up and do it again
                 C  G/B  Am7  G
Get it up again
     G              D                      D/C
Em
I'm gonna be a happy idiot, and struggle for the legal tender
B7                    C/G
        Where the ads take aim, and lay their claim
          Em
To the heart and the soul of the spender
          C                             G
And believe in whatever may lie
              B7                            Em
In those things that money can buy
               A9     A9/G                          D/F#
Though true love could have been a contender
Em  D              C               D                           Em
           Are you there, say a prayer for the pretender
                   C                        D                            G

Who started out so young and strong only to surrender

[Over Intro Part 2]
G                                      C
Say a prayer for the pretender
G                                      C
Are you there for the pretender
G                                           C
Are you prepared for the pretender etc.

            
            
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bigfitz79 277 Feb 26, 2006 03:42 PM

The chrords are good enough, but you've got to revise it in a monospaced font... none of the chords line up with the words and some wrap onto a second line.

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