River towns

 

††† G ~ ~††† G ~ ~††††††† +G - C - G - Em - C †††††- G - C - G

 

†† †††††G††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††C

1. I came in three days early to meet my boat,

††† ††††G†††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††Em†††††† ††††††††††C

††† it ainít the life of Riley, but itís keeping me afloat.

††††† ††††††††G††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††C

††† Itís quiet over Christmas if you got no place to go,

††† ††G†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Em†††† †††††††††††††C††† - G

††† I got my home from river rats, the only home I know.

 

†† †††††G††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††C

2. I found myself a flophouse and I hit the streets at nine,

††††† G†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Em†††††††††††††††††††† †††C

††† get some grub and drink a beer, maybe go down the line.

††††††† ††††††††††G†††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††C

††† These chips will take your money, shake a young man down,

†††††††††††††††† G††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††Em††††††††††† C

††† itís the same in every one of these sorry river towns.

 

G††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C††††††††† G†††††††††††††- Em - C

River towns, sorry river towns, river towns.

G††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C††††††††† G

River towns, sorry river towns, river towns.

 

+instrumental = CHORUS

 

††††††† G††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††C

3. I picked me up a bottle to take back to the room,

††††††††††††††† G††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††Em††††† ††††††††††††††C

††† then I saw a young girl standing in a doorway in the gloom.

††† †††††††††††G†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††C

††† Weíd hardly started talking, the old scenario,

††††††††††††††††††† G†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††Em†††††††††† C

††† and I just let her work me over down by the Ohio.

 

G††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C††††††††† G†††††††††††††††† - Em - C

River towns, sorry river towns, river towns !

G††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C††††††††† G

River towns, sorry river towns, river towns !

 

+G ~ ~††† G ~ ~

 

+instrumental = CHORUS††††† +C

 

 

 

 

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4. When I asked her if sheíd like to stay,

††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††C

††† she was down my stairs so quick,

†††††† †††††††††G†††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Em†††††††† ††††C

††† I never asked what got her started with the sorry river tricks.

††††† †††††††G†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††C

††† So I get the bottle open, but somethingís hit a nerve,

†††††††† †††††††††G††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Em††† ††††††††††††††C

††† and Iím looking in the mirror at the face that I deserve.

 

G †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††C††††††††† G†††††††††††††††† - Em - C

River towns, sorry river towns, river towns !

††††† G††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C†††††††† G

Oh, river towns, sorry river towns, river towns !

 

+instrumental = CHORUS (5x)

 

(orig. = capo 4th)††† (Mark Knopfler)