Harry Chapin - Better Place To Be tab

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           D              Dmaj7
It was an early morning barroom 

           D7                 Gmaj7
And the place had just opened up

       Em             Em/D#
And a little man came in so fast 

     Em/D                  A7
And he started at his cups


          D                    Dmaj7
And the broad who served the whiskey 

          D7               Gmaj7
She was a big old friendly girl

     Em                 Em/D#
Who tried to fight her empty nights 

  Em/D                  A7
By smiling at the world

        G                     A
And she said "Hey, bub, it's been a while 

F#m                      B7
Since you've been around 

          Em                A
Where the hell you been hiding 

     G                    D
And why you look so down

          G           A
Well, the little man sat there 

            G     A            D
Like he'd never heard a sound


     Cm                  G
The waitress she gave out with a cough 

    Bb                  F                 Em      A
And acting not the least put off she spoke once again

         D                    G
She said "I don't want to bother you 

   Em/G                 Em - Em/D# - Em/D
Consider it's understood

  A/C#            Em - Em/D# - Em/D
I know I'm not no beauty queen

      A/C#  Em  A7sus4      D
But I sure can listen good

        G
And the little man 

         A
Took his drink in his hand 

        Em                   D
And he raised it to his lips

   G                   D
He took a couple sips 

            Em7          A          D
And then he told the waitress this story

  D                     Am         C        G             D
I am the midnight watchman down at Miller's Tool and Die

           G             F#m     Bm                     Cmaj7
And 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       Em7   A11 D
And this here lovely lady she sat two seats from my right

    G     G/F#  Em7      G     G/F#  Em7     D
And Lord, lord, lord,  (Lord, Lord, Lord)   she was alright


  D                     Am                         C      G        D
You see she was so damn beautiful that she could warm a winters frost

     G                    F#m        Bm            Cmaj7
But she looked long past lonely and well nigh onto lost

     A                  G          F#m           B7
Now I'm not much of a mover or a pick'em up easy guy

        Em                  A            G  Em7       D
But I decided to glide on over and give her one good try

    G     G/F#  Em7      G     G/F#  Em7     D
And Lord, lord, lord,  (Lord, Lord, Lord)   she was worth a try


  D                              Am            C      G         D
Well I was tongue tied like a schoolboy, I stammered out some words

        G           F#m               Bm                Cmaj7
It did not seem to matter much 'cause I don't think she heard

      A                     G             F#m              B7
She just looked clear on through me to a space back in my head

     Em              A          G    Em7  D
It shamed me into silence as quietly she said


        D               G
If you want me to come with you 

      Em/G                 Em - Em/D# - Em/D
Then that's all right with me

         A/C#           Em - Em/D# - Em/D
'Cause I know I'm going no-where 


     A/C#        Em     A7sus4   D
And anywhere's a better place to be

D - G - G/F# - Em - Em/D# - Em/DA - Em - Em/D# - Em/DA
A/C# Em A7sus4 D Anywheres a better place to be D Dmaj7 Well, I drove her to my boarding house D7 Gmaj7 And I took her up to my room Em Em/D# And I went to turn on the only light Em/D A7 To brighten up the gloom Dm But she said, "Please leave the light off, Gm Oh, I don't mind the dark" F And as her clothes all tumbled 'round her Asus4 A Asus4 - A - Asus4 - A I could hear my heart D Am C G D The moonlight shone upon her as she lay back in my bed G F#m Bm Cmaj7 It was the kind of scene I only had imagined in my head A G F#m B7 I just could not believe it to think that she was real Em A G Em7 D And as I tried to tell her, she said "Ssssh, I know just how you feel D G And if you want to come here with me Em/G Em - Em/D# - Em/D Then that's all right with me A/C# Em - Em/D# - Em/D Cause I've been so lonely A/C# Em A7sus4 D Lovin' someone is a better way to be
D - G - G/F# - Em - Em/D# - Em/DA - Em - Em/D# - Em/DA
A/C# Em A7sus4 D Anywhere's a better place to be D Am C G D Well the mornin' came so swiftly I held her in my arms G F#m Bm Cmaj7 And she slept like a baby, snug and safe from harm A G F#m B7 I did not want to share her or dare to break the mood Em A G Dm So before she woke I went out to buy us both some food Dm Gm I came back with my paper bag to find that she was gone F Gm D She'd left a six-word letter sayin' "It's time that I moved on" D Dmaj7 D7 Gmaj7 You know the waitress she took her bar rag and she wiped it across her eyes Em Em/D# Em/D A7 And as she spoke her voice came out as something like a sigh D Dmaj7 D7 Gmaj7 She said I wish that I was beautiful or that you were halfway blind Em Em/D# Em/D A7 And I wish I weren't so God-damned fat, I wish that you were mine A7 G A F#m B7 And I wish that you'd come with me when I leave for home Em A G Em D For we both know all 'bout emptiness and livin' all alone Em7 F#m Em7 D And the little man looked at the empty glass in his hand and he smiled a crooked grin Em7 D Em7 D/F# G - Em7 - A He said "I guess I'm out of gin and I know we both have been so lonely D G Em And if you want me to come with you then that's alright with me A Em A Em7 A7 D Dmaj7 - Gmaj7 - D 'Cause I know I'm going no-where and anywhere's a better place to be
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