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Ballad of Mott - Mott The Hoople.

(Zurich, March 26th 1972)

Written by Ian Hunter, Overend Watts, Mick Ralphs, Dale "Buffin" Griffin and Verden Allen.

Intro: F       F
       F       F

Verse:

F                   C7
I changed my name in search of fame
    F              F
To find the Midas touch
      Em            F      C7
Oh I wish I hadn't wanted then
       F
What I want now twice as much
F                           C7
We crossed the mighty oceans
        F           F
And we had a few divides
        Em          F        C7
But we never crossed emotion
       F               F
For we felt too much inside

Chorus:

G                F
You know all the tales we tell
     Em               F
You know the band so well
C7          F       G                    F    F     F
But still I feel somehow, we've let you down
G                      F
We went off somewhere on the way
    Em             F       C7
And now I see we have to pay
    F                   G      F         Em     Dm     F     F
The rock 'n' roll circus is in town

F      F

Verse:

And Buffin lost his child-like dreams
And Mick lost his guitar
And Verden grew a line or two
And Overends' just a rock 'n' roll star
Behind these shades
The vision fades
As I learn a thing or two
And if I had my time again
You all know just what I'd do

Chorus:
G                  F
Rock 'n' rolls' a losers loser's game
    Em               F     C7
It mesmerises and I can't explain
     F              G                  F      F      F
The reasons for the sights and for the sounds
G                     F
We went off somewhere on the way
    Em            F       C7
And now I see we have to pay
     F                  G       F    Em    Dm    F    F
The rock 'n' roll circus is in town

F     F

Guitar solo:

F   C7   F   F   Em   F   C7   F   F
F   C7   F   F   Em   F   C7   F   F

Chorus:
G                  F
So, Rock 'n' rolls' a losers loser's game
    Em               F     C7
It mesmerises and I can't explain
     F              G                  F      F      F
The reasons for the sights and for the sounds
    G                         F
The greasepaint still sticks to my face
    Em                F       C7
So what the hell, I can't erase
     F                    G         F    Em    Dm    F    F
The rock and roll feeling from my mind

F   Em   Dm   F  until the end
From my mind
From my mind
From my mind
From my mind
From my mind
From my mind
From my mind

Andrew Jones. 2000.
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