Chapin Harry

Chapin Harry - A Better Place To Be guitar chord


From Thu May  8 14:11:02 1997

Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 14:32:35 -0300

From: Tim Wartman



Subject: Chords:  A better place to be by Harry Chapin

This is my favorite Harry Chapin tune.  I thought others might like it too.

It's pretty simple to play.

            D           Dmaj7           D7              G

It was an early morning barrom and the place just opened up

        EM                                              A7              

and the little man came in so fast and he started at his cup

        D                       DMAJ7       D7               G

and the broad who served the whiskey was a big old friendly girl

        EM                                              A7

who tried to fight her empty nights by smiling at the world

           G          A                 F#M             B7

and she said hey bub it's been a while  since you've been around

            EM                  A       G               D

where the hell have you been hiding and why you look so down

           G              A             G               A       D

Well the little man just sat there like he'd never heard a sound

        CM              G               Bb              F      

the waitress she gave out with a cough and acting not the least put off

        EM       A

she spoke once again

             D             G            EM              

She said I don't want to bother you consider it's understood

    A               EM                  A   EM          D

I know I'm not no beauty queen but I sure can listen good.

        G                    A                          EM              D

And the little man took his drink in his hand and he raise it to his lips

     G            D             EM              A          D

He took a couple of sips and he told the waitress his story.

   D            AM                   C       G          D

I am the midnight watchman down at Miller's tool and dime

      G              F#M        BM              Cmaj7

I watch the metal rusting, I watch the time go by

    A                G          F#M             B7

a week ago at the diner I stopped to get a bite

        EM              A               G  EM        D

and this here lovely lady she sat two seats from my right

      G      G    EM A,G,G              D

And lord, lord, lord       she was alright.

She was so damn beautiful that she could warm a winter's frost

but she look long past lonely and I, I was lost

I'm not much of a mover or a pick em up easy guy

but I decided to glide on over and give it one good try

and lord lord lord she was worth a try

Tongue tied like a schoolboy, I stammerred out some words

it did not seem to matter much, cause I don't think she heard

She just looked clear on through me, to a place back in my head

It shamed me into silence as quietly she said


If you want me to come with you than that's alright with me

cause I know I'm going nowhere and anywhere's a better place to be

Well I drove her to my boarding house and I took her up to my room

and I went to turn on the only light to brighten up the gloom

              DM                       GM

but she said please leave the light on, I don't mind the dark

            F                             A

and as her clothes all tumbled round her, I could hear my heart.

The moonlight shone upon her as she lay back in my bed

it was the kind of thing I only had imagined in my head

I just could not believe it , to think that she was real

and as I tried to tell her, she said, shhh I know just how you feel

and lord, lord, lord, she was alright.

Well the morning came so swiftly as I held her in my arms

She slept like a baby snug and safe from harm

I did not want to share her or dare to break the mood

so before she woke I went out to buy us both some food

I came back with my paper bag

to find that she was gone

she'd left a six word letter saying

it's time that I moved on.

You know the waitress she took her bar rag and she wiped it across her eyes

and as she spoke her voice came out as something like a sigh

She said I wish that I was beautiful or that you were halfway blind

I wish I weren't so goddamned fat, I wish that you were mine

and I wish that you'd come with me when I leave for home

for we both know all about emptiness and living all alone.

And the little man looked at the empty glass in his hand

and he smile a crooked grin

He said, I, I guess I'm outta gin

and I know we both have been so lonely.


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