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How Can Poor Men Stand Such Times And Live Chords

by UB40
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'How Can Poor Men Stand Such Times And Live' is an old track originally written by Blind Alfred Reed in 1929
and UB40 added their additional lyrics in 2013,It`s from their Reggae meets Country music album from 2013
called 'Getting Over The Storm' Here is the Reggae Guitar structure and the lyric arrangement.

[Chords]
        Bb        F         Eb
        EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
        X13331    133211    XX1343 

[Intro]
Bb    F    Bb    Bb    Bb    Bb    F    F    Bb    Bb    Eb    Eb    Bb    F    Bb    Bb

[Verse 1]
                  Bb                  F                  Bb
Once the the shops were filled with things that i could buy,
                                             F
But the prices of them all have gone sky high,
               Bb                               Eb
Don`t suppose they`re gonna drop gotta get used to the charity shop,
        Bb                     F              Bb
Tell me how can poor men stand such times and live?.

[Verse 2]
             Bb           F             Bb
Seems like only yesterday food was so cheap,
                                         F
Now the cost of eating goes up every week,
              Bb                                 Eb
So you search for the best deals have to miss out on some meals,
        Bb                     F              Bb
Tell me how can poor men stand such times and live?.

[Steel Guitar Instrumental]
Bb    F    Bb    Bb

[Verse 3]
N.C
Make that first foot on the ladder they all say,
N.C
But on what i`m earning they no there`s no way,
          Bb                              Eb
Ain`t no bankers gonna lend they all got bonus`s to spend,
        Bb                     F              Bb
Tell me how can poor men stand such times and live?.

[Verse 4]
           Bb                 F            Bb   
Council housing`s something i will never get,
                                            F
Put my name down on the list i`m waiting yet,
        Bb                          Eb
So i`m renting privately landlords profiting from me,
N.C
Tell me how can poor men stand such times and live?.

[Steel and Slide Guitar Middle]
Bb    F    Bb    Bb    Bb    Bb    F    F    Bb    Bb    Eb    Eb    Bb    F    Bb    Bb

[Verse 5]
          Bb                F          Bb
Getting `round is getting harder everyday,
                                             F
Used to drive a car but lately there`s no way,
            Bb                           Eb
Trains are only for the rich and the bus fares are a bitch,
        Bb                     F              Bb
Tell me how can poor men stand such times and live?.

[Steel Guitar Instrumental]
Bb    F    Bb    Bb

[Verse 6]
N.C
And the doctors don`t come out no more at night,
N.C
They won`t treat you if they think you don`t live right,
             Bb                               Eb
While they privatize the best soon they`ll be no NHS,
        Bb                     F              Bb
Tell me how can poor men stand such times and live?.

[Verse 7]
            Bb                 F                Bb
Keeping warm is something poor folk`s can not do,
                                               F
Because the oil men need a private yacht or two,
         Bb                         Eb
Power companies make gold as the pensioners grow cold,
        Bb                     F              Bb
Tell me how can poor men stand such times and live?,
        Bb                     F              Bb
Tell me how can poor men stand such times and live?,
N.C      
Just tell me how can poor men stand such times and live?. 

[Outro Steel and Slide Guitar Till Fade]
Bb    F    Bb    Bb    Bb    Bb    F    F    Bb    Bb    Eb    Eb    B    F    Bb    Bb    


    
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