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Contents: Side one "The Village Green Preservation Society" – 2:45 "Do You Remember Walter?" – 2:23 "Picture Book" – 2:34 "Johnny Thunder" – 2:28 "Last of the Steam-Powered Trains" – 4:03 "Big Sky" – 2:49 "Sitting by the Riverside" – 2:21 Side two "Animal Farm" – 2:57 "Village Green" – 2:08 "Starstruck" – 2:18 "Phenomenal Cat" (misspelled "Phenominal" on the LP sleeve) – 2:34 "All of My Friends Were There" – 2:23 "Wicked Annabella" – 2:40 "Monica" – 2:13 "People Take Pictures of Each Other" – 2:10 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Village Green Preservation Society C G F G riff 1 C G F C riff 1 C G F G riff 1 We are the the Village Green Preservation Society C G F C riff 1 God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety C G F G riff 1 We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society C G F C riff 1 God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties CHORUS: C G F C riff 1 Preserving the old ways from being abused C G F G Protecting the new ways for me and for you F C What more can we do? C G F G riff 1 We are the Draught Beer Preservation society C G F C riff 1 God save Mrs. Mopp and good old Mother Riley C G F G riff 1 We are the Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium C G F C God save the George Cross and all those who were awarded them C G F G riff 1 C G F G Oo-wo-oo oo-wo-oo D A G A riff 2 We are the Sherlock Holmes English Speaking Vernacular D A G D riff 2 Help save Fu Manchu, Moriarty and Dracula D A G A riff 2 We are the Office Block Persecution Affinity D A G D riff 2 God save little shops, china cups and virginity D A G A riff 2 We are the Skyscraper Condemnation Affilliate D A G D riff 2 God save Tudor houses, antique tables and billiards CHORUS: D A G D riff 2 Preserving the old ways from being abused D A G A Protecting the new ways for me and for you G D What more can we do? REPEAT VERSE ONE (in the new key) D A G D riff 2 We are the Village Green Preservation Society D A G D riff 2 God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety D A G D riff 2 We are the Village Green Preservation Society D A G D riff 2 God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety D A G D D G D God save the Village Green
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------------------------------------------------------------------------- Do You Remember Walter? Written by Ray Davies Demystified by Jim Smart Intro is a C chord. It’s just a C scale, starting on G. C Walter, remember when the world was young Eb Bb And all the girls knew Walter's name? F Cm F Bb Walter, isn't it a shame the way our little world has changed? Cm7 D G Do you remember, Walter, playing cricket in the thunder and the rain? Cm7 D G Do you remember, Walter, smoking cigarettes behind your garden gate? Ab Eb Yes, Walter was my mate, G F C But Walter, my old friend, where are you now? cool drum fill over bouncing C chord... melody plays over C chord, then ... Eb Bb Walter's name F Cm F Bb Walter, isn't it a shame the way our little world has changed? Cm7 D G Do you remember, Walter, how we said we'd fight the world so we'd be free. Cm7 D G We'd save up all our money and we'd buy a boat and sail away to sea. Ab Eb But it was not to be. G F C I knew you then but do I know you now? C Eb Bb Walter, you are just an echo of the world we knew so long ago F Cm7 F Bb If you saw me now you wouldn't even know my name. Cm7 I bet you're fat and married and D G you're always home in bed by half-past eight. Cm7 And if I talked about the old times D G you'd get bored and you'll have nothing left to say. Ab Eb G F C Yes people often change, but memories of people can remain. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Picture Book
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E A D G E-A-G-D Picture yourself when you're getting on E A D G E-A-G-D Sit by the fireside pondering on C F C Picture book, pictures of your mama F C F C Taken by your papa a long time ago C F C Picture book, of people with each other F C F C To prove they loved each other a long time ago Bb C La la la la la la Bb C La la la la la la E-A-D-G E-A-D-G
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Intro D A G x2 G D F C A A G D A G Johnny Thunder lives on water, feeds on lightning. G D F C A D A G D A G Johnny Thunder don't need no one, don't want money. G A D And all the people of the town, G A D They can't get through to Johnny, D A Bm D7 They will never, ever break him down. G D F C A A G D A G Johnny Thunder speaks for no one, goes on fighting. A7 (n.C) A7 G (D A G D A G) x2 And Sweet Helena De Mane(?) prays for Johnny. G D Ba ba-ba ba ba-ba ba, F C Ba ba-ba ba ba-ba ba, A D ([D] A G ) x2 Thunder and lightning. la la la la la G D Ba ba-ba ba ba-ba ba, F C Ba ba-ba ba ba-ba ba, A D ([D] A G ) x2 Thunder and lightning. la la la la la G A D Though everybody tried their best, G A D A Bm Old Johnny vowed that he would never, ever end up like the rest. G D F C A D A G D A G Johnny Thunder rides the highway, moves like lightning. A7 (n.C) A G D A G D A G But sweet Helena just says, "God bless Johnny." G D Ba ba-ba ba ba-ba ba, F C Ba ba-ba ba ba-ba ba, A D ([D] A G ) x2 Thunder and lightning. la la la la la Repeat Ba-ba's ending on- Dsus4 D Dsus2 D ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Last of the steam-powered trains
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Introduction: Riff x2 E A7 E Riff I'm the last of the good old puffer trains E A7 E Riff I'm the last of the blood and sweat brigade A A7 E Riff And I don't know where I'm going (going).... or why I came G A A7 E Riffx2 I'm the last of the good old fashioned steam...powered trains E A7 E Riff I'm the last of the good old renegades E A7 E Riff All my friends are of middle class degree A A7 E Riff But I live in a museum (museum).... so I'm okay G A A7 E Riffx2 I'm the last of the good old fashioned steam...powered trains Riff x2 E A7 E Riff Like the last of the good old choo-choo trains E A7 E Riff I'm the last of the blood and sweat brigade A A7 E Riff And I gonna keep on going (going)...till my dying day G A A7 E Riffx2 I'm the last of the good old fashioned steam...powered trains Solo Riff x12 (getting faster on 10) Then a chromatic ascent from E to E, sliding down, leading to... Silence, Riff x2 E A7 E Riff I'm the last of the good old puffer trains E A7 E Riff I'm the last of the soot and scum brigade A A7 E Riff And all this peaceful living (living).... drives me insane G A A7 E Riffx2 I'm the last of the good old fashioned steam...powered trains Riff x2 G A A7 EA7 G A7 E I'm the last of the good old fashioned steam........powered trains (steam steam) ------------------------------------------------------------------ BIG SKY D C G (riff 1) F C G (riff 2) D C G (riff 1) Big Sky looked down on all the people looking up at The Big Sky F C G (riff 2) Everybody's pushing one another around D C G (riff 1) Big Sky feels sad when he sees the children scream and cry F C G But Big Sky's too big to let it get him down (riff 2) D C G Big Sky's too big to cry (riff 2) D C G Big Sky's too high to see (riff 2) D C G F People like you and me Bb Gm Eb Bb One day we'll be free Eb Bb Eb Bb We won't care just you see Bb Gm Eb Bb Eb Till that day can be don't let it get you down Eb Bb And when I see that the world's too much for me Eb Bb I think of The Big Sky and nothing matters much to me D C G Big Sky looked down on all the people who think they've got problems They get depressed and they hold their heads in their hands and they cry The people lift up their hands and they look up to The Big Sky But The Big Sky's too big to sympathize (riff 2) D C G Big Sky's too occupied Though he would like to try When he feels glad inside Big Sky's too big to cry Bb Gm Eb Bb One day we'll be free We won't care just you wait and see Bb Till that day can be don't let it get you down
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----------------------------------------------------------------------- Sitting By The Riverside Intro: G7 C7 F6 G7 C7 F6 Just sitting down by the riverside, G7 C7 F6 Spreading my arms to the open wide. Gm D7 Bb F Now I am free and the world's at my feet C7 F I can close my eyes. G7 C7 F6 Oh love, keep me warm, keep me satisfied. G7 C7 F6 Please keep me calm, keep me pacified. Gm D7 Bb F Now I'm content and my life is complete. C7 F C7 F C7 F I can close my eyes. (enter psychadelia a la "day in a life") Am C7 F D7 C7 F6 Sitting by the riverside with you. G7 C7 F6 I love sitting down by the riverside, G7 C7 F6 Watching the water go flowing by. Gm D7 Bb F Oh, golly-gee, it is heaven to be C7 F C7 F C7 Like a willow tree. F /E /D /C Bb Gm F Spend my time just drinking wine while looking at the view. ------------------------------------------------------------------- ANIMAL FARM INTRO: A G D A A G D A E A This world is big and wild and half insane E A Take me where real animals are playing E A E A Just a dirty old shack, where the hound dogs bark G D A D That we called our home, I wanna be back there G D A D Among the cats and dogs and the pigs and the goats CHORUS: A G D A On animal farm my animal home A G D A On animal farm my animal home While I lay my head upon my pillow Little girl can play beneath my window Though she's far from home, she is free from harm And she need not fear, she is by my side And the sky is wide, so let the sun shine bright ...CHORUS BRIDGE: A D A G D Girl it's a hard hard world if it gets you down A D A G D Dreams often fade and die in a bad bad world I'll take you where real animals are playing And people are real people not just playing It's a quiet quiet life, by a dirty old shack That we called our home, I want to be back there Among the cats and dogs and the pigs and the goats ...CHORUS A G D A On animal farm A G D A Animal farm
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------------------------------------------------------------------- VILLAGE GREEN Cm Fm Out in the country Bb Eb G# Fm Far from all the soot and noise of the city G7 Cm There's a village green Cm Fm It's been a long time Bb Eb G# Fm Since I last set eyes on the church with the steeple G7 Cm Down by the village green Cm Fm Ah la la la la Bb Eb G# Fm 'Twas there I met a girl call Daisy G7 Cm And kissed her by the old oak tree Cm Fm Ah la la la la Bb Eb G# Fm Although I loved my Daisy, I sought fame G7 Cm And so I left the village green CHORUS: Fm Fm/E Fm/Eb Fm/D I miss the village green, And all the simple people Cm Cm/B Cm/Bb Cm/A I miss the village green, The church, the clock, the steeple D G I miss the morning dew, fresh air and Sunday school And now all the houses are rare antiquities American tourists flock to see the village green They snap their photographs and say "Gol' darn it Isn't it a pretty scene?" And Daisy's married Tom the grocer boy And now he owns a grocery ...CHORUS And I will return there And I'll see Daisy And we'll sit and laugh And talk about the village green Cm Fm Bb Eb La la la la la G# Fm G7 Cm We will laugh and talk about the village green (slow down at end) CHORDS: Fm/E: 1 3 2 1 1 1 Fm/Eb: 1 3 1 1 1 1 Fm/D: 1 3 0 1 1 1 Cm/B: 3 2 5 5 4 3 Cm/Bb: 3 1 5 5 4 3 Cm/A: 3 0 5 5 4 3 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Starstruck F C F Baby, you don't know what you're saying C Bb Am Gm F Because you're a victim of pride's city lights Bb Am Gm F And your mind is not right C F Bb You think the world's at your feet 'Cos you're starstruck baby starstruck F You're starstruck baby starstruck Bb Starstruck baby starstruck Am Gm F You know that you're starstruck on me Baby, you're runnin' around like you're crazy You go to a party and dance through the night And you'll drink 'til you're tied And then you're out on your feet Bop, bop; etc. F-C-Bb C-Bb-Am-Gm C-Bb-Am-Gm Baby, watch out or else you'll be blue 'Cos once you're addicted to wine and champagne It's gonna drive you insane Because the world's not so tame --------------------------------------------------------------------- PHENOMENAL CAT (FLUTE PLAYS OVER:) C Bb F D G D G D G D D G D A long, long time ago, in a land of idiot boys G D F C There lived the cat, a phenomenal cat Bb F Who loved to wallow all day No one bothered him as he sat, content in his tree He just lived to eat cos it kept him fat And that's how he wanted to stay CHORUS #1: Dm A C F Though he was big and fat, all the world was good to him Dm A C Fsus4 And he pointed out on the map all the places he had been Dm Dm/G Dm/F Dm/E Dm/C Dm/Bb A Cowes, Sardinia, Katmandu, The Scilly Isles and Sahara, too Fum, fum, diddle-um di La la la la, la-la la la La la la la, la-la la la la La la la la-la la la CHORUS #2: Once when he was thin, he had flown to old Hong Kong And had learned the secret of life, and the sea and the sky beyond So he gave up his diet and sat in a tree And ate himself through eternity Fum, fum, diddle-um di La la la la la-la la la La la la la, la-la la la la La la la la-la la la Fum, fum, diddle-um di Fum, fum, diddle-um di CHORDS: Dm/G: x x x 0 3 1 Dm/F: x x 3 2 3 1 Dm/E: x x 2 2 3 1 Dm/C: x 3 0 2 3 1 Dm/Bb: x 1 0 2 3 1 NOTE: The only difference with the previous version is the little intro. Of course you really need a flute to make it recognizable. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ALL OF MY FRIENDS WERE THERE Capo 1st fret E A My big day, it was the biggest day of my life F#m A It was the summit of my long career E A But I felt so down, and I drank too much beer F#m A And my manager said that I should not appear I walked out onto the stage and started to speak The first night I've missed for a couple of years I explained to the crowed and they started to jeer And just when I wanted no one to be there CHORUS #1: E E7 A A/G# F#m All of my friends were there F#m/E D D/C# Bm7/A Not just my friends, but their best friends too G# G#7 C#7 F# B All of my friends were there to stand and stare B7 E E7 A A/G# F#m Say what they may, all of their friends need not stare F#m/E D D/C# Bm7/A Those who laughed were not friends anyway G# G#7 C#7 F# B All of my friends were there to stand and stare Days went by, I walked around dressed in a disguise I wore a mustache and I parted my hair And gave the impression that I did not care But oh, the embarrassment, oh, the dispair Came the day, helped with a few last glasses of gin I nervously mounted the stage once again Got through my performance and no one complained Thank God I can go back to normal again CHORUS #2: I went to that old cafe Where I had been in much happier days And all of my friends were there, and no one cared Say what they may, all of my friends were there Not just my friends, but their best friends too All of my friends were there, now I don't care ---------------------------------------------------------------- WICKED ANNABELLA Intro: E:--4-4-4-4-6-6-7-- (repeat) G# F# E In a dark and misty house G# F# E Where no Christian man has been A E A E Wicked Annabella mixes a brew G# F# E That no one's ever seen Relatives have passed her by Too scared to even say hello She's in perpetual midnight She shuts out the day And goes about her sinful ways BRIDGE: A I, I've seen her hair, I've seen her face E RIFF 1 Look towards mine A I, I've felt her eyes burning my soul E D A Twisting my mind Little children who are good Should always go to sleep at night 'Cause Wicked Annabella is up in the sky Hopin' they will open their eyes Don't go into woods tonight 'Cause underneath the sticks and stones Are lots of little demons enslaved by Annabella Waiting just to carry you home E E E Ja ja, ja ja ja ja ja, ja ja ja...
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------------------------------------------------------------------------ MONICA G D G D Under a lamp light, Monica stands at midnight D D7 D And every guy think he can buy her love D D7 D But money can't buy sweet lovin' from Monica Morning to moonshine, Monica knows every line Don't ever propose cos Monica knows, you know She'll turn up her nose and say what a fool you are CHORUS: G G7 G G7 G C I, I shall die, I, I shall die if I should lose Monica (Oh Monica my love) G G7 G G7 G C D D7 People can try, People can try, but they can't buy Monica, my love You take the sunshine, I'll take the nightly shadows Cos everyone knows that Monica glows at night She'll do something wrong and prove to you she is right ...CHORUS Morning to moonshine, Monica knows every line Don't ever propose cos Monica knows, you know She'll turn up her nose and say what a fool you are G Monica -------------------------------------------------------------------------- People Take Pictures of Each Other Intro G G People take pictures of the summer F Just in case someone thought they had missed it D And to prove that it really existed Fathers take picture of the mothers And the sisters take pictures of brothers Just to show that they love one another C C7 You can't picture love that you took from me F C When we were young and the world was free C7 Pictures of things as they used to be, don't show me no more please People take pictures of each other Just to prove that they really existed Just to prove that they really existed People take pictures of each other And the moment can last them forever Of the time when they mattered to someone C C Nie na nie na Nie na nie na D Bb G Nie na nie na Nie nie nie na C C Nie na nie na nie na nie na D Bb G Nie na nie na nie nie nie na Bb G Bb G nie na nie na nie na nie na People take pictures of the summer Just in case someone thought they had missed it Just to prove that it really existed People take pictures of each other And one moment will last them forever At the time when they mattered to someone C C7 A picture of me when I was just three F C Sat with my ma by the old oak tree C7 How I love things as they used to be, don't show me no more please G la la la la la la la .... etc.
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