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Grease - Beauty School Dropout chords

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SONG: Beauty School Dropout
ARTIST: Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs

From the musical, Grease


[Intro]

D#6/9


[Verse 1]

     D#       -     Cm7   - Fm7       -      A# -
Your story's sad to tell, a teenage ne'er-do-well
     Gm7     -      Cm7       -     Fm7 - A# -
Most mixed up non-delinquent on the block
     Gm7      -    C7 -
Your future's so unclear now,
       Fm7     -      C#9 -
what's left of your career now
      D#     -   Cm7       -      G#m6/B
Can't even get a trade-in on your smock


[Instrumental]

G#m6/B G#/A#
G#/A# D#
Cm Fm7
A#


[Chorus]

              D#       Cm
Beauty school drop-out, 
        Fm7           A#
no graduation day for you
              D#       Cm
Beauty school drop-out, 
               G#
missed your midterms
                A#
and flunked shampoo
        D#
Well at least you could have
Cm            Fm7                 A#
taken time to wash and clean your clothes up
      Gm                Cm                Fm7
After spending all that dough to have the doctor
         A#
fix your nose up 


[Verse 2]

         D#     Cm
Baby get moving,
              Fm7           A#
why keep your feeble hopes alive
             D#      Cm
What are you proving?
               G#                 A#
You've got the dream, but not the drive
       D#            D#+              G#             C#9
If you go for your diploma, you could join the steno pool
             D#  -   Cm   -   Fm7  -  A#  -   D#
Turn in your teasin' comb and go back to high school


[Instrumental]

Cm
Bsus4
B6


[Chorus]

              E        C#m
Beauty school drop-out, 
         F#m7                B
hangin' around the corner store
              E        C#m
Beauty school drop-out, 
           A                 B
it's about time you knew the score
          E                  C#m
Well they couldn't teach you anything,
    F#m7                B
you think you're such a looker
       G#m            C#m
But no customer would go to you,
  F#m            B
unless she was a hooker
           E       C#m
Baby don't sweat it,
               F#m7          B
you're not cut out to hold a job
       E        C#m
Better forget it, 
                A              B
who wants their hair done by a slob
         E                      E+
Now your bangs are curled, your lashes twirled,
    A                  D9
But still the world is cruel
              E  -  C#m   -  F#m7  - B   -   E       B
Wipe off that angel face and go back to high school


[Verse 3]

           E       C#m
Baby don't blow it, 
             F#m7           B7-9
don't put my good advice to shame
         E       C#m
Baby you know it, 
          A              B
Even Dear Abby'd say the same
         E                    E+             A            D9
Now I've called the shot, get off the pot, I really gotta fly
         E  -  C#m  -  F#m7  -  B  -   E
Gotta be goin' to that maltshop in the sky


[Instrumental]

C#m
E
C#m


[Outro]

              E       C#m
Beauty school drop-out, 
           E6/9   
go back to high school

            
            
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wrybread 282 Aug 20, 2014 09:38 AM

Very good. I made a few minor changes, thought I'd post:

Intro: arpegiate E6/9

E C#m7 F#m7 B
Your story's sad to tell, a teenage ne'er-do-well
G#m7 C#m7 F#m7 B
Most mixed up non-delinquent on the block
G#m7 C#7
Your future's so unclear now,
F#m7 D9
what's left of your career now
E C#m7 Am6 (or Am6/C) A/B (A11)
Can't even get a trade-in on your smock

[Background vocals: Dum, de dum, de dum dum dum]
E / C#m / F#m7 / B

E C#m
Beauty school drop-out,
F#m7 B
no graduation day for you
E C#m
Beauty school drop-out,
A
missed your midterms
B
and flunked shampoo
E
Well at least you could have
C#m F#m7 B
taken time to wash and clean your clothes up
G#m C#m F#m7
After spending all that dough to have the doctor
B
fix your nose up

E C#m
Baby get moving,
F#m7 B
why keep your feeble hopes alive
E C#m
What are you proving?
A B
You've got the dream, but not the drive
E E+ A D9 (or Am)
If you go for your diploma, you could join the steno pool
[progression goes quickly here]
E C#m F#m7 B E
Turn in your teasin' comb and go back to high school

E / C#m / Bb11 / C [modulation]

F Dm
Beauty school drop-out,
Gm7 C
hangin' around the corner store
F Dm
Beauty school drop-out,
A# C
it's about time you knew the score
F Dm
Well they couldn't teach you anything,
Gm7 C
you think you're such a looker
Am Dm
But no customer would go to you,
Gm C
unless she was a hooker

[swirly interlude]

F Dm
Baby don't sweat it,
Gm7 C
you're not cut out to hold a job
F Dm
Better forget it,
A# C
who wants their hair done by a slob
F F+
Now your bangs are curled, your lashes twirled,
A# D#9
But still the world is cruel
F Dm Gm7 C F C7
Wipe off that angel face and go back to high school

F Dm
Baby don't blow it,
Gm7 C7
don't put my good advice to shame
F Dm
Baby you know it,
A# C
Even Dear Abby'd say the same
F F+ A# D#9
Now I've called the shot, get off the pot, I really gotta fly
F Dm Gm7 C F
Gotta be goin' to that maltshop in the sky

/ Dm / F / Dm / F
F Dm
Beauty school drop-out,
F Dm
go back to high school
[repeat and fade]

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wrybread 282 Aug 20, 2014 09:43 AM

Also, why did you post it in D#/Eb? The movie soundtrack is in E, and the songbook I have for it is in F, which are both way easier to play anyway.

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GuitarLearner 780 Feb 28, 2016 04:03 PM

For the Boyz II Men version: Just transpose the whole song to Ab as a starting key.

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