difficulty level 4Difficulty level 4/5
 

Chords in this song

B chordEbm chordE chordF# chordGb7 chordAbm chord

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Intro: BB chord
 
BB chord                                               AbmAbm chord
I am just a poor boy, though my story is seldom told.
       GbGb chord
I have squandered my resistance,
      Gb7Gb7 chord           GbGb chord                 BB chord
For a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises.
             AbmAbm chord
All lies and jest;
         GbGb chord                 EE chord                                BB chord   GbGb chord Gb7Gb7 chord GbGb chord BB chord
Still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.
 
 
       BB chord                                               AbmAbm chord
When I left my home and my family I was no more than a boy,
       GbGb chord
In the company of strangers,
       Gb7Gb7 chord           GbGb chord                BB chord
In the quiet of the railway station, runnin' scared.
       AbmAbm chord          GbGb chord              EE chord
Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters,
                        BB chord
Where the ragged people go.
        GbGb chord               EE chord    GbGb chord    Gb7Gb7 chord    BB chord
Lookin' for the places, only they would know.
 
 
       AbmAbm chord      
Lie-la-lie
       EbmEbm chord
Lie-la-lie la lie-la-lie
       AbmAbm chord
Lie la lie
       GbGb chord                               BB chord
Lie-la-lie la la la la lie la la la la lie 
 
 
       BB chord                                         AbmAbm chord
Asking only workman's wages I come lookin' for a job,
             GbGb chord
But I get no offers,
       Gb7Gb7 chord               GbGb chord                 BB chord
Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue.
       AbmAbm chord              GbGb chord                   EE chord
I do declare there were times when I was so lonesome,
                    BB chord     GbGb chord Gb7Gb7 chord GbGb chord BB chord
I took some comfort there.
 
Interlude: BB chord AbmAbm chord GbGb chord BB chord AbmAbm chord GbGb chord EE chord BB chord
 
       AbmAbm chord      
Lie-la-lie
       EbmEbm chord
Lie-la-lie la lie-la-lie
       AbmAbm chord
Lie la lie
       GbGb chord                               BB chord
Lie-la-lie la la la la lie la la la la lie 
 
 
        BB chord                                               AbmAbm chord        GbGb chord
And I m laying out my winter clothes, and wishing I was gone, goin home
          Gb7Gb7 chord            GbGb chord              BB chord            EbmEbm chord       AbmAbm chord     GbGb chord
Where the New York City winters aren t bleedin me, leadin me  goin home.
 
 
       BB chord                                             AbmAbm chord
In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade,
       GbGb chord                         Gb7Gb7 chord               GbGb chord
And he carries the reminders, of every glove that laid him down,
   BB chord                                              AbmAbm chord
Or cut him 'til he cried out in his anger and his shame,
      GbGb chord             EE chord
"I am leaving, I am leaving."
                        BB chord    GbGb chord Gb7Gb7 chord GbGb chord BB chord
But the fighter still remains
 
Outro:
       AbmAbm chord      
Lie-la-lie
       EbmEbm chord
Lie-la-lie la lie-la-lie
       AbmAbm chord
Lie la lie
       GbGb chord                               
Lie-la-lie la la la la lie la la la la lie 10x
 
GbGb chord                                      BB chord
Lie-la-lie la la la la lie la la la la lie      

This arrangement for the song is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.

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