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Swing, Swing

All-American Rejects


Main Strum:

    D D     D

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


Punk Strum:


1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


Bridge Strum (E5 and G5/F# only)


1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +



(w/main strum): / G5 - - - / G5/F# - - - / E5 - - - / C5 - - - / x2

(w/punk strum): / G5 - - - / G5/F# - - - / E5 - - - / C5 - - - / x2


Verse (w/main strum):


Days swiftly come and go, I'm dreaming of her

E5                         C5

She's seeing other guys, emotions astir


The sun is gone, the nights are long

E5            C5

And I am left while the tears fall


Pre Chorus (w/punk strum):

G5                                     E5            C5

Did you think that I would cry on the phone

G5                                     E5            C5

Do you know what it feels like being alone

Bm          C (x2)

I'll find someone new



G5                                     G5/F#

Swing, swing, swing from the tangles of

     E5                            C5

My heart is crushed by a former love

G5         G5/F#   E5     C5

Can you help me find a way to carry on again


Verse (w/main strum):


Wish cast into the sky, I'm moving on

E5                            C5

Sweet beginnings do arise, she knows I was wrong


The notes are old, they bend they fold

E5     C5

so do I to a new love


Pre-Chorus and Chorus


Solo: / G5 - - - / G5/F# - - - / E5 - - - / C5 - - - / x2



E5    G5/F#

Bury me

G                         Gsus4

You thought your problems were gone

E5     G5/F#

Carry me

C5 (x2)

Away, away, away


Chorus x 2


G (hold)

This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.