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Allentown – Billy Joel Song Chord/Tab and Lyric

Allentown – Billy Joel Piano, Guitar, Ukulele Chord/Tab and Lyric
Artist: Billy Joel
Album/Category: The Nylon Curtain (1982)


Intro:
[-] [G5/E] [-] [-] [G/B] [-] [G/D] [-]
[-] [G5/E] [-] [-] [G/B] [-] [G/D] [-]
[-] [G5/E] [-] [-] [-] [C5/D] [-]
[Gadd9/D] [-]
[Em7/D]
[-]Well we're living here in Allen – town

[Gadd9/D]And they[-]'re closing all the factories down
Out in Bethlehem they're killing time
[F#m/A] Filling out forms –
[D/F#] Standing in line

[G6/E]
We[Em7/D]ll our[-] fathers fought the Second World War

[C5/D]Spent[-] t[Gadd9/D]heir [-] weekends on the Jersey Shore
Met our mothers in the US – O
[F#m/A] Asked them to dance,
[D/F#] Danced with them slow
And we're living here in Allen – town
[F/A] [G7/B] [-]
[Em7/C]But th[-]e restlessness was handed down
[G/B]
And it's getting very hard to stay – ay – ay – ay

[-] [G5/E] [-] [-] [G/B] [-] [G/D] [-]
[-] [G5/E] [-] [-] [G/B] [-] [G/D] [-]
[-] [G5/E] [-] [-] [-] [C5/D]
[-] [Gadd9/D] [-]

[Em7/D]Well w[-]e're waiting here in Allen – town

[Gadd9/D]For the [-] Pennsylvania we never found
For the promises our teachers gave
[F#m/A] If we worked hard ,
[D/F#] If we be – haved
So the graduations hang on the wall[Em7/D][-]

[Gadd9/D]But they[-] never really helped us at all
No they never taught us what was real
[F#m/A] Iron and coke –
And [D/F#] chromium steel
And we're waiting here in Allen – town
[F/A] [G7/B]
But the[-]y'[Em7/C]ve [-] taken all the coal from the ground
[G/B]
And the union people crawled a – way – ay – ay – ay

C – G5/E – D – G/B – G/D – Gi –

[-] [G5/E] [-]
Every child had a [G11/F] pretty good shot
To get at least as far as[G11/F] their old man [Bb/F] got

But something happened on the[G11/F] way to that place
They threw an A – merican flag in our face

[-] [G5/E] [-] [-] [G/B] [-] [G/D] [-]
[-] [G5/E] [-] [-] [G/B] [-] [G/D] [-]
[-] [G5/E] [-] [-] [-] [C5/D]
[-] [Gadd9/D] [-]
[Em7/D]
[-]Well I'm living here in Allen – town
[F/A] [G/B] [-]
[Em7/C]And it[-]'s hard to keep a good man down
[G/B]
But I won't be getting up to – day – ay – ay – ay

C – G5/E – D – G/B – G/D – Gi –

[-] [G5/E] [-D]
Solo:
[-] [G11/F] [-]
[-] [G11/F] [-] [Bb/F]
[-] [G11/F] [-]
[-] [-]

C – G5/E – D – G/B – G/D – Gi –

[-] [G5/E] [-] [-] [G/B] [-]
[G/D] [G5/E]
And it[G/B]'s getting very hard to stay – ay – ay – ay

[C5/D]And w[-]e'[Gadd9/D]re liv[-]in[G//]g here in Allen – town

C x32010
G5/E xx2033
D xx0232
G/B x2003x
G/D xx000x
Gi xx543x
C5/D xx0013
G 320003
Gadd9/D xx0203
Gi xxx00x
C5/D xx0013
G 320003
Gi xxx00x
C5/D xx0013
G 320003
Gadd9/D xx0203
Em 022000
A x02220
Em7/D xx0030
Am x02210
Bm x20402
F#m/A x03222
G6 322000
D/F# 2×0232
Asus4 x02230
G6/E 022003
A7 x02223
Am7 x02213
Dsus4 xx0233
F/A x03211
G7/B x20031
Cadd11 x32011
Em7/C x3203x
F 1332xx
G11/F 130203

[Bb/F]Ci x35553

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