John Mellencamp - Pink Houses chords

      
Pink Houses
John Mellencamp

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The song “Pink Houses” by John “Cougar” Mellencamp was written in 1983, reached No. 8 on Billboard charts, and remains a rock radio staple to this day. It is recommended for to intermediate guitar players. The song only uses a few basic chords, and has a pretty main riff, based off of the G and Cadd9 chords.
RIFF: G Cadd9 GE||-----||-----------3------3--3--3--|--3------3------------|B||-----||-----------3------3--3--3--|--3------3------------|G||-----||*-------0--0------0--0--0--|--0------0------------|D||-----||*----------0------0--0--0--|--2------0------------|A||-----||---0h2-----2------2--2--2--|--3------2------------|E||--3--||-----------3------3--3--3--|---------3--------3---|
G Cadd9 G----------3----3--3--3--3--|--3------3-------------||----------3----3--3--3--3--|--3------3-------------||-------0--0----0--0--0--0--|--0------0------------*||----------0----0--0--0--0--|--2------0------------*||--0h2-----2----2--2--2--2--|--3------2-------------||----------3----3--3--3--3--|---------3--------3----||
CHORDS: Intro: RIFF Verse 1:
GThere’s a black man with a black cat
Living in a black neighbourhood He’s got an interstate runnin’ through his front yard
F/C C GYou know he thinks he’s got in so good
And there’s a woman in the kitchen Cleanin’ up the evening slop
CAnd he looks at her and says “hey darling
GI can remember when you could stop a clock”
Chorus:
C GOh but ain’t that America for you and me
G GAin’t that America, something to see, baby
C DAin’t that America, home of the free, yeah
CLittle pink houses for you and me
Oh, for you and me RIFF X2 Verse 2:
GWell there’s a young man in a T-shirt
Listening to a rock ‘n’ roll station He’s got greasy hair, greasy smile
F/C C GHe says, “Lord this must be my destination
Cause they told me when I was younger Said, ‘Boy, you’re gonna be president’
F/C CBut just like everything else, those old crazy dreams
GJust kinda came and went”
Chorus:
C GOh but ain’t that America for you and me
G GAin’t that America, something to see, baby
C DAin’t that America, home of the free, yeah
CLittle pink houses for you and me
Oh, for you and me RIFF X4 Bridge: F C G (Play 4 times) Verse 3:
GWell there’s people and more people
What do they know, know, know Go to work in some high-rise
F/C C GAnd vacation down at the Gulf of Mexico, oh yeah
And there’s winners, and there’s losers But they ain’t no big deal,
F/C CCause the simple man baby pays for thrills
GThe bills and the pills that kill
Chorus:
C GOh but ain’t that America for you and me
G GAin’t that America, something to see, baby
C DAin’t that America, home of the free, yeah
CLittle pink houses for you and me
Oh, for you and me
C GOh but ain’t that America for you and me
G GAin’t that America, something to see, baby
C DAin’t that America, home of the free, yeah
CLittle pink houses for you and me
Oh, for you and me RIFF X4
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