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Rock & Roll (I gave you all the best years of my life)
Kevin Johnson

[Intro]
(Capo 1)
Strummed/Picked Slowly 
C  

[Verse 1]
C                           F                G7
I can still remember when I brought my first guitar
         C                                    F             G7
Remember just how good the feeling was put it proudly in my car
       C                                 A7              Dm
And my family listened fifty times to my two song repertoire
                                   F     G7   C
And I told my mom her only son was gonna be a star
                                F                 G
Brought all the Beatles records sounded just like Paul
C                                 F                  G7
Brought all the old Chuck Berry's seventy eights and all
    C                         A7                      Dm
And I sat by my record player playing every note they played
                                    F     G7        C
And I watched them all on TV making every move they made

[Chorus]
C                                F
Rock and Roll I gave you all the best years of my life
        G7                           F              C
All the dreamy sunny sundays all the moonlit summer nights
         C                            F
I was so busy in the backroom writing love songs to you
               G7                              F          C
While you were changing your direction and you never even knew
           G7
That I was always just one step behind you

[Verse 2]
C                              F            G7
'66 seemed like the year I was really going somewhere
        C                            F              G7
We were living in San Francisco with flowers in our hair
C                                A7                 Dm
Singing songs of kindness so the world would understand
                                               F            G7     
That the guy's and me were something more than just another band
C                  F              G
And then '69 in LA came around so soon
C                              F               G
We were really making head way writing lots of tunes
C                                         A7             Dm
And we must have played the wildest stuff we had ever played
                                                F  G7     C
And the crowds cried out for us well we thought we had it made

[Chorus 2]
C                                F
Rock and Roll I gave you all the best years of my life
        G7                             F             C
All the crazey lazy young days all the magic moonlit nights
         C                        F
I was so busy on the road singing love songs to you
               G7                              F          C
While you were changing your direction and you never even knew
           G7
That I was always just one step behind you

Do Do Do etc ( C F G7 C x2)

[Verse 3]
C           F          G7
'71 in Soho when I saw Suzanne
C                               F              G7
I was trying to go it solo with someone else's band
C                               A7              Dm
And she came up to me later and took her by the hand
                                       F              G7    
And I told her all my troubles and she seemed to understand
C                                            F             G
And she followed me through London through a hundred hotel rooms
C                                      F              G
Through a hundred record companies who didn't like my tunes
C                                  A7          Dm
And she followed me when finally I sold my old guitar
                                         F    G7   C
And she tried to help me understand I'd never be a star

[Chorus 3]
C                                F
Rock and Roll I gave you all the best years of my life
        G7                           F              C
All the dreamy sunny sundays all the moonlit summer nights
C                                    F                        
And though I never knew the magic of making it with you
  G7                               F            C
I thank the lord for giving me the little bit I knew
           G7                        C
And I will always be one step behind you

C                                F
Rock and Roll I gave you all the best years of my life
G7                             F                C
Singing out my love songs on a bright lit magic night
    C                                F
And though I never knew the magic of making it with you
G7                                 F            C
I thank the lord for giving me the little bit I knew

C                                F
Rock and Roll I gave you all the best years of my life
        G7                           F              C
All the dreamy sunny sundays all the moonlit summer nights
      C                               F                        
I was so busy in the backroom writing love songs for you
               G7                              F          C
While you were changing your direction and you never even knew

(repeat to fade)

            
            
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DiddyD 13,123 Jul 24, 2013 12:02 AM

A very good tab.

A couple of minor lyric typos though - twice in verse 1 'Brought' should be 'bought'
Verse 2 the line is...'The way the crowds cried out for us...'

I think the only G7's are in the last line of the choruses, the rest are G majors.

Watching video of Kevin play this song he does play these chords, but with no capo, so I guess for some reason his guitar is tuned up a half-step, seems easier to use a capo, as you state.

He plays the A7 using the bar shape at the 2nd fret, but occasionally plays a passing C# bass note on the 5th string.
The bass plays a full run up of A - B - C# - D. Which, as a suggestion, can be played with chords to add interest like this...

A7     G/B  A7/C#   Dm7      D7sus4 Dm7
e|------------------0---|---1---1-----3---1---|
B|-----1---1---3----2---|---1-----1---1---1---|
G|-----0-------0--------|---------------------|
D|----------------------|---0---------0---0---|
A|-----0-------2----4---|---------------------|
E|----------------------|---------------------|

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