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Girl America ukulele

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Girl America by Mat Kearney
Album: Bullet (2004)
www.matkearney.com

**{*}tab created by Scott Fuller (HughGCS){*}**
**the song has a pretty simple finger picking pattern to it**
**this tab is just to show you the chord changes in relation to lyrics**
**listen to the song to figure out the rhythem and fingerpicking**
 (this tab should be more or less correct, chord progression is always
  Em7,D,G,A/D, and if i'm off by a word or two on some, my bad, dont
  hate me! lol)


Standard Tuning

[Chords]
   Am7   C    C   D/G
e|--7----x----3----x----|
B|--8----7----3----7----|
G|--7----7----4----7----|
D|--9----7----5----7----|
A|--7----5----5----x----|
E|--x----x----3----5----|

[intro]

Am7  C  C   D/G
          (My girl)
Am7                   C  
   (it's just for you) 
   C               D/G
(i'll see you there)

________________________________________
Right before transitioning to the verse,| 
pluck the following as harmonics:       |
                                        |
e|-x--                                  |
B|-7*-                                  |
G|-7*-                                  |
D|-7*-                                  |
A|-x--                                  |
E|-x--                                  |
(*=harmonic)                            |
________________________________________|

[verse]
             Am7                         C
my girl america is just a youth is this world
                      C                         D/G
her smile is more precious than the sparkle of pearls
                   Am7                     C
and though her age reads she’s just a young girl
                       C                  D/G
the age behind her eyes show the pain that she’s swirled
                              Am7                      C
through the hand that’s been dealt though it’s quiet as kept
                    C                        D/G
the weight was all felt last night when she slept
                           Am7                         C
and as she crept into the dreams of the things of her past
                        C                      D/G
seems to have grown so fast, way beyond her own class
                            Am7                             C
though they're right there with her, her brothers and her sisters
                 C                      D/G
a natural born leader even when her peers dis her
                       Am7                         C
my girl, she’s at a crossroads, people praying for her
                          C            D/G
some are preying on her magazine ads, sex, drama
                     Am7                     C
smoking marijuana, longing for a father to call her, ‘daughter’
                  C                  D/G   
she’s part of a generation longing for reconciliation
                             Am7                   C
and this future that they're facing and this poison that they're tasting
            C                 D/G
my girl, i know this love that your chasing



[chorus]

Am7                    C                C                 D/G
   my girl america’s crying when she’s lying on her bed at night
Am7                        C                   C               D/G
   i can see that she’s screaming when she’s dreaming for her freedom
Am7                    C                 C             D/G
   my girl america’s dying while she’s trying just to stop this fight
Am7           C           C        D/G
don't stop believing, my girl america



[verse]

                 Am7                         C
boys with hungry eyes have been beating her door
               C                                       D/G
telling her that’s what she’s for, trying to rob at her core
                         Am7                                 C
then leave calling her a whore, but still she knows there’s more
                          C                                      D/G
i know she knows there’s more because there is a voice she can't ignore
                             Am7                                 C
‘cause it was founded in the foundations, from the day of her creation
            C                      D/G
in God we trust engraved on the treasures of her nation
        Am7                      C
and the void that the boys can’t fill
           C                            D/G
with the tipping of the bottle or the popping of the pill
                       Am7                        C
but still most of her friends don't care as they glare
                          C                            D/G
ready to drown down the funnel as they frown down the tunnel
                     Am7                         C
they stumble and the tumble breaking down into rubble
            C                   D/G
my girl america, stop can't you see
                    Am7               C
it’s not the circumstances that determine who you're gonna be
     C                       D/G
but how you deal with these problems and pains that come your way
        Am7                     C
it’s for you that i pray with hope for a brighter day
          C                    D/G
and so i say, your deliverance is coming



[Repeat Chorus X2]


[Bridge]

Am7            C
faith like a child from your first birth
     C                           D/G
you left it in the dirt on your worst hurt
       Am7                C
and i see each tear and every scar
     C                   D/G
the hands that have held you where you are
          Am7               C
and i can see that we've strayed so far
        C               D/G
a king born under that morning star
      Am7               C
as a crown of thorns was placed to erase
      C                  D/G
each tear that’s touched your face
        Am7                  C
and his palms and sides where pierced with spears
    C                 D/G
he hung in love just to draw you near
Am7             C
and my girl, out of this whole world
C                   D/G
can’t you see this is where we started


[Repeat Chorus x2]


[Ending]
(2 parts)

        Am7                  C
and his palms and sides where pierced with spears

    C                   D/G
he hung in love just to draw you near
(1776  to  a  new  heaven)

Am7             C
and my girl, out of this whole world
(just for you girl, i'll see you there)

C                   D/G             Am7
can’t you see this is where we started
                    (don't stop believin')

  C    C       D/G    
      where we started
(don't stop)

   Am7        C            C    D/G
   where we started... My girl Ameri-ica
(don't stop believin' boo)

            
            
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