First you lose the rhyming    (video)

 

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First you lose the rhyming, then you lose the timing,

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then you lose the money, then you lose the friends.

               G

And you try for one more song,

                                 C

but the words don’t come and the chords are wrong,

              D                                            G

whisky bottle won’t last long before it ends.

 

       Em                                        D

1. I met him in a bar room in Chicago,

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    I was writing what became of things we knew,

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    about the ones who let their shooting star go out of sight,

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    the one-hit-wonder boys who never grew,

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    and I asked him, “Sir, what happened then to you ?” (He said...)

 

+  CHORUS

 

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2. He told me it’s an old and tired story,

              Em                                           A       D

   you’ll need a way to make it sound brand new.

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    So tell ‘em that I had my share of glory once all right,

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    but I had somebody strong to see me through,

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    and she told me all the things I shouldn’t do (And she said...).

 

+  CHORUS

 

        Em                                                D

3. But I did all a young man does for money,

          Em                                              A      D

   with all those young girls coming on so strong.

              C                                             G                 Em

    And that’s how come I lost my little honey to the road,

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    cause she went off and wrote it in a song.

 

             Em                                             D

4. And now you see her up there on the TV,

                Em                                       A        - D

    she’s a superstar and everybody knows.

             C                                                 G                          Em

    She sings a broken heart just like it should be sung each night,

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    and I never miss a second of her shows,

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    and I know the way the chorus  always goes.

 

                               G                                      C

First you lose the rhyming, then you lose the timing,

                               D                                      G         - D

then you lose the money, then you lose the friends.

               G

And you try for one more song,

                                 C

but the words don’t come and the chords are wrong,

              D                                            G

whisky bottle won’t last long before it ends.

 

                    G

+  Yes, you try for one more song,

                         C

    words don’t come, chords are wrong,

                  D                                            C       - G

    whisky bottle won’t last long before it ends.

 

    (Harvey Andrews)