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Small Town Chords

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Artist: John Cougar Mellencamp
Song: Small Town

C G F   G x4

C            G         F          G
  Well I was born in a smalltown
C       G         F          G
  and I live in a smalltown
C         G        Am
  Pro’bly die in a smalltown
         Dm           G
Oh those small communities

C        G              F          G
  All my friends are so small town
C            G           F              G
  My parents live in the same small town
C    G         Am
  My job is so small town
           Dm              G
  Provides little opportunity

C G F   G x2

C          G    F             G
  Educated in a small town
C                    G          F            G
  Taught the fear of Jesus in a small town
C            G     Am
  Used to daydream in that small town
   Dm                            G
  Another boring romantic that's me

         C       G        F          G
But I've seen it all in a small town
C              G         F              G
  Had myself a ball in a small town
C            G                         Am
  Married an L.A. doll and brought her to this small town
            Dm                   G
  Now she's small town just like me
     F         C                 F              C
No I cannot forget from where it is that I come from
     F              C          G
I cannot forget the people who love me
            F    C         F             C
Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town
    F             C              G
And people let me be just what I wanna be

C G F   G x2

Am  |Am  G|C  |FC  |
Am  |Am  G|C  |G   |
Am  |Am  G|C  |FC  | 
G   |G   |

(Finger picking lightly for 2 bars)

(Very lightly thru last 2 verses)
C              G        F             G
  Got nothing against a big town
C                G            F                            G
  Still hayseed enough to say look who's in the big town
C        G           Am
  But my bed is in a small town
                 Dm              G
  Oh, and that's good enough for me

C            G         F             G
  Well I was born in a small town
C           G            F             G
  And I can breathe in a small town
C       G           Am
  Gonna die in this small town
           Dm                         G
And that's prob'ly where they'll bury me

 (ramp it up again)
C G F   G x3

(End on F let ring)
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fordjae 52 Apr 08, 2007 09:31 PM

I gave this tab 1 star because it made no mention of a capo (Mr. Mellencamp uses a capo on the 4th fret). You have listerd a superfluous 4th chord on the tail end of every line in the chorus, and there is none.

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Hoosier5150 10 Aug 02, 2010 09:00 PM

While these chords are wrong (version 5 is correct), Mellencamp doesn't play Small Town with a capo at all. The several times I've seen him in concert, the numerous times on video (as a matter of fact today I watched the footage from "FarmAid 2009"................no capo. G C D on the verses and C G C D on the bridge and that's about it. But no capo.

Check YouTube.

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Hoosier5150 10 Aug 02, 2010 09:04 PM

Here's a couple of links,




no capo.

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