Chordproc: Don McLean

Don McLean


  1. American Pie
  2. And I Love You So
  3. Castles In The Air
  4. Crossroads
  5. Dreidel
  6. Vincent

American Pie

Verse 1
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A long, long time ago,
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I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
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And I know if I had my chance,
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That I could make those people dance and maybe they'd be happy for a while
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But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver
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Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step
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I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
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Em
Something touched me deep inside
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D7
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The day the music died
Chorus
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So bye, bye Miss American Pie
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Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
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And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
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D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
Verse 2
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Am
Did you write the book of love
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And do you have faith in god above, if the bible tells you so?
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Do you believe in rock and roll
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Can music save your mortal soul and can you teach me how to dance real slow?
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Well I know that you're in love with him 'cuz I saw you dancin' in the gym
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You both kicked off your shoes, man I dig those rhythm and blues
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I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a pink carnation and a pickup truck
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D7
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But I knew I was out of luck the day the music died, I started singin'
Chorus
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So bye, bye Miss American Pie
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Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
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And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
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D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
Verse 3
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Am
Now for ten years we've been on our own,
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And moss grows fat on a rolling stone but that's not how it used to be
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Em
When the jester sang for the king and queen
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In a coat he borrowed from James Dean in a voice that came from you and me
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And while the king was looking down, the jester stole his thorny crown
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The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
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And while Lenin read a book on Marx, the quartet practiced in the park
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D7
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And we sang dirges in the dark the day the music died, we were singin'
Chorus
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D
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
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Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
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And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Em*
A7*
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D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
Verse 4
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Am
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
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The birds flew off with a fallout shelter, eight miles high and fallin' fast
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It landed foul on the grass
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The players tried for a forward pass, with the jester on the sidelines in a cast
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Now at halftime there was sweet perfume, while sergeants played a marching tune
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We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance
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'Cuz the players tried to take the field, the marching band refused to yield
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D7
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Do you recall what was the feel the day the music died, we started singin'
Chorus
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So bye, bye Miss American Pie
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C
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D
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
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D
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Em*
A7*
Em*
D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
Verse 5
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Am
And there we were all in one place,
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A generation lost in space, with no time left to start again
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So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack Flash sat on a candle
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Stick, 'cuz fire is the devil's only friend
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And as I watched him on the stage, my hands were clenched in fists of rage
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A7
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D7
No angel born in Hell could break that Satan's spell
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And as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite
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D7
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I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the music died, he was singin'
Chorus
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D
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
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C
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D
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
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C
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D
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Em*
A7*
Em*
D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
Verse 6
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Em
I met a girl who sang the blues
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And I asked her for some happy news, but she just smiled and turned away
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I went down to the sacred store
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Where I'd heard the music years before, but the man there said the music
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Wouldn't play
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But in the streets the children screamed, the lovers cried and the poets dreamed
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But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken
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And the three men I admire most, the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
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Em
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D7
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They caught the last train for the coast the day the music died, And they were singin'
Chorus
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D
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
G
C
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D
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
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C
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D
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Em*
A7*
Em*
D7
Singin' this will be the day that I die, this will be the day that I die
G
C
G
D
So bye, bye Miss American Pie
G
C
G
D
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry
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C
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D
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
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D7
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C
G
Singin' this will be the day that I die.



And I Love You So

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And I love you so
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The people ask me how
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D
How I've lived till now
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I tell them I don't know
Bm
I guess they understand
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F#m
How lonely life has been
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D
But life began again
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The day you took my hand
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And, yes, I know how lonely life can be
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The shadows follow me, and the night won't set me free
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But I don't let the evening get me down
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Now that you're around me
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And you love me, too
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Your thoughts are just for me
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You set my spirit free
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I'm happy that you do
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The book of life is brief
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And once a page is read
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All but love is dead
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That is my belief
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And, yes, I know how loveless life can be
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The shadows follow me, and the night won't set me free.
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But I don't let the evening bring me down
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Now that you're around me
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And I love you so
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The people ask me how
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How I've lived till now
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I tell them I don't know



Castles In The Air

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Emaj7
And if she asks you why
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E
F#m7
You can tell her that I told you that I'm tired
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Of castles in the air, I've got a dream
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I want the world to share and castle walls
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Emaj7
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Just lead me to despair
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Emaj7
Hills of forest green
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Where the mountains touch the sky a dream come true
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E
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I'll live there till I die, I'm asking you
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To say my last goodbye ,the love we knew
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Emaj7
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Ain't worth another try
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Save me from all the trouble and the pain A A(G#bass) F#m7 F#7 B7 F#m7 B7 F#m7 B7 I know I'm weak but I can't face that girl again
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Tell her the reasons why I can't remain
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Perhaps she'll understand, if you tell it to her plain
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Emaj7
But how can words express
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The feel of sunlight in the morning in the hills,
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Away from city strife, I need a
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Country woman for my wife, I'm city born,
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Emaj7
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But I love the country life
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Emaj7
For I can not be part
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Of her cocktail generation, partners waltz
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Devoid of all romance the music playes
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And everyone must dance I'm bowling out
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Emaj7
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I need a second chance
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Save me from all the trouble and the pain A A(G#bass) F#m7 F#7 B7 F#m7 B7 F#m7 B7 I know I'm weak but I can't face that girl again
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B7
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Tell her the reasons why I can't remain
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E
F#m7
F#7
B7
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Perhaps she'll understand, if you tell it to her plain
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Emaj7
And if she asks you why
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E
F#m7
You can tell her that I told you that I'm tired
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E
F#m7
Of castles in the air, I've got a dream
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I want the world to share and castle walls
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Just lead me to despair



Crossroads

Intro
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Verse
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I've got nothing on my mind
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Nothing to remember
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Nothing to forget
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I've got nothing to regret
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But I'm all tied up on the inside
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No-one knows quite what I've got
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And I know that on the outside
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What I used to be - I'm not
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Anymore
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You know I've heard about people like me
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But I never made the connection
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They walk one road to set them free
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And find they've gone the wrong direction
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But there's no need for turning back
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'Cause all roads lead to where I stand
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And I believe I'll walk them all
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No matter what I may have planned
Verse
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Can you remember who I was
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Can you still feel it
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Can you find my pain
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Can you heal it
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And lay your hands upon me now
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And cast this darkness from my soul
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You alone can light my way
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You alone can make me whole
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Once again
Chorus
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We've walked both sides of ev'ry street
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Through all kinds of windy weather
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But that was never our defeat
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As long as we could walk together
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So there's no need for turning back
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'Cause all roads lead to where we stand
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And I believe we'll walk them all
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No matter what we may have planned
There are two sets of chords for the verses:
Verse 1 & Verse 3 are identical
Verse 2 & Verse 4 are more or less the same
I've got nothing on my mind Nothing to remember Nothing to forget I've got nothing to regret But I'm all tied up on the inside No-one knows quite what I've got And I know that on the outside What I used to be - I'm not Anymore You know I've heard about people like me But I never made the connection They walk one road to set them free And find they've gone the wrong direction But there's no need for turning back 'Cause all roads lead to where I stand And I believe I'll walk them all No matter what I may have planned Can you remember who I was Can you still feel it Can you find my pain Can you heal it And lay your hands upon me now And cast this darkness from my soul You alone can light my way You alone can make me whole Once again We've walked both sides of ev'ry street Through all kinds of windy weather But that was never our defeat As long as we could walk together So there's no need for turning back 'Cause all roads lead to where we stand And I believe we'll walk them all No matter what we may have planned



Dreidel

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E7
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I feel like a spinning top or a Dreidel
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The spinning don't stop when you leave the cradle
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You just slow down
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Round and around this world you go
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Spinning through the lives of the people you know
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We all slow down
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How you gonna keep on turning from day to day?
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How you gonna keep from turning your life away?
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No days you can borrow, no time you can buy
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No trust in tomorrow, it's a lie
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I feel like a spinning top or a Dreidel
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The spinning don't stop when you leave the cradle
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You just slow down
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Round and around this world you go
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Spinning through the lives of the people you know
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We all slow down
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How you gonna keep on turning from day to day?
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How you gonna keep from turning your life away?
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And I feel like I'm dippin' and divin'
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My sky shoes are spiked with lead heels
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I'm lost in this star car am I drivin'
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But my air sole keeps pushin' big wheels
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My world is a constant confusion
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My mind is prepared to attack
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My past a persuasive illusion
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Am
I'm watchin' the future it's black
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What do you know?
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You know just what you perceive
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What can you show?
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Nothing of what you believe
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And as you grow
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Each thread of life that you leave
Am
Will spin
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Around your deeds and dictate your needs
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As you sell your soul and you sow your seeds
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And you wound yourself and your loved one bleed
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And your habits grow, and your conscience feeds
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On all that you thought you should be
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I never thought this could happen to me
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I feel like a spinning top or a Dreidel
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The spinning don't stop when you leave the cradle
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You just slow down
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Round and around this world you go
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A7
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Spinning through the lives of the people you know
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We all slow down
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A
How you gonna keep on turning from day to day?
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How you gonna keep from turning your life away?
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I feel like a spinning top or a Dreidel
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The spinning don't stop when you leave the cradle
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You just slow down
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You just slow down
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You just... slow... down...



Vincent

Verse
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Starry, starry night, paint your palette blue and grey
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Look out on a summer's day, with eyes that know the darkness in my soul
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Shadows on the hills, Sketch the trees and daffodills
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Catch the breeze and winter chills, in colors on the snowy linen land
Chorus
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And now I under stand what you tried to Say to me,
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How you suffered for your sanity How you tried to set them free,
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They would not listen, they did not know how, Perhaps they'll listen now
Verse
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Starry, starry night, flaming flowers that Brightly blaze,
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Swirling clouds in violet haze Reflecting Vincent's eyes of China Blue
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Colors changing hue, Morning fields of amber grain
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Weathered faces lined with pain Are soothed beneath the artists loving hand
Chorus
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And now I under stand what you tried to Say to me,
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How you suffered for your sanity How you tried to set them free,
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They would not listen, they did not know how, Perhaps they'll listen now
Bridge
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For they could not love you, but still your love was true
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And when no hope was left in sight On that starry, starry night,
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You took your life as lovers sometimes do
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But I could have told you, Vincent, this world was
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Never meant for one as beautiful as you
Verse
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Starry, starry night, portraits hung in Empty halls,
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Fearless heads on nameless walls with eyes that watch the world and can't forget
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Like the strangers that you've met The ragged men in ragged clothes
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The silver thorn of bloody rose, lie Crushed and broken on the virgin snow
Chorus
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And now I think I know what you tried to Say to me,
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How you suffered for your sanity How you tried to set them free,
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They would not listen, they're not listening still,Perhaps the never will