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Jack And Diane Chords

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Jack and Diane
Solo Acoustic Chord Progression
Written & Originally Performed by: John Mellencamp (formerly John Cougar Mellencamp)

Note:  This is one of the greatest American rock songs ever composed.  So many 
people don’t play it the way they should.  This transcription is designed to be 
performed with one acoustic guitar and a vocalist… if you have a voice you can 
sing so don’t be shy my young ones!  Feel free to improvise as well, you don’t 
HAVE to play it exactly like John Boy, play what’s most comfortable and sounds 
great!

Chords Used:

                   E         A        D      EsusAdd9        D*        Asus
E       ---------0---|---0---|---2---|---0----------|---0---|----0-----------|
B       ---------0---|---2---|---3---|---0----------|---3---|----3-----------|
G       ---------1---|---2---|---2---|---1----------|---2---|----2-----------|
D       ---------2---|---2---|---0---|---2----------|---4---|----2-----------|
A       ---------2---|---0---|---0---|---0----------|---0---|----0-----------|
E       ---------0---|---0---|---0---|---0----------|---0---|----0-----------|


Intro: A E A E D (quick fast strum on the high strings to match the twang)  Repeat 
as many times as comfortable.

Intro Version 2: A Asus A E D E A Asus A E D E (strum is exactly like the first 
interlude, this particular intro is better for acoustic than the original, as the 
original is designed for an overdriven electric guitar).

Verse 1:
A       E(susAdd9)   D*      E(susAdd9) 
A little ditty bout Jack and Diane
A            E(susAdd9)     D*      E(susAdd9)
Two American kids grown up in the heartland
A       E(susAdd9)   D*        E(susAdd9)
Jack, he's gonna be a football star
A       E(susAdd9)         D*      E(susAdd9)
Diane debutante, back seat of Jacky's car

Interlude:      A Asus A E D E A Asus A E D E

Verse 2:
A          E(susAdd9)     D*          E(susAdd9)
Suckin' on chili dogs outside the Tasty Freeze
A               E(susAdd9)               D*          E(susAdd9)
Diane sittin' on Jacky's lap, he got his hands between her knees
A           E(susAdd9)          D*          E(susAdd9)
Jacky says "Hey Diane, lets run off behind a shady tree"
A               E(susAdd9)       D*         E(susAdd9)
Dribble off them Bobby Brooks, let me do what I please

Chorus:
A   E     D         E
Ooh yeah, Life goes on
A           E            D         E
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone, sayin'
A   E     D         E
Ooh yeah, Life goes on
A           E            D         E
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone


Verse 3:

Jack, he sits back, collects his thoughts for a moment

Scratches his head and does his best James Dean

"Well there Diane, we gotta run off to the city"

Diane says, "Baby we ain't missin' a thing"

Chorus:

Ooh yeah, Life goes on

Long after the thrill of livin' is gone, sayin'

Ooh yeah, Life goes on

Long after the thrill of livin' is gone, rock on 

Play Intro

Drum Solo (on acoustic, just use the body of the guitar)…

Oh, let it rock, let it roll.
Let the Bible belt come and save my soul
Holdin' on to sixteen as long as you can
Change is comin' 'round real soon, make us women and men

Interlude:      A Asus A E D E A Asus A E D E

Chorus (slower, which light strumming):

Ooh yeah, Life goes on

Long after the thrill of livin' is gone, sayin'

Ooh yeah, Life goes on
        
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone, rock on 

Play Intro

Change up:
A       E(susAdd9)   D*      E(susAdd9)
A little ditty bout Jack and Diane
A            E(susAdd9)     D*         E
Two American kids  done the best they can

Intro until you decide to finish the damn song!

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robur77 171 wrote on October 1 2009, 11:04 am

interesting version (also without capo) - the only point where I could't find a somehow fitting sound is at the end of the interludes / bridge back to the verses - any hint, how to play there?

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ericnorcross 210 wrote on October 3 2009, 01:08 am, edited on January 25 2016, 01:38 pm

I've always played around when it comes to transitioning. Especially on this song. Aside from the parts where I'd be signing, I hardly ever do the same thing twice. I reckon a slight pause would work, kind of lighten up the mood a bit before continuing back in...

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ericnorcross 210 wrote on October 3 2009, 01:09 am

This version can be played with or without a capo, capo is relative to voice... I may not have been clear about that. Sorry.

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