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If I Die Young

The Band Perry

 

Capo 2.  Chords get two beats each unless otherwise noted.

 

Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

         132

D:    xx0232

        123

A:    x02220

          1342

Bmadd11: x24430

 

Strum: B B D DUB B D DU

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

A Riff:

 

 

one strum/chord:

            G                         D
If I die young, Bury me in satin
              A                       Bmadd11
Lay me down on a bed of roses
                       G          D
Sink me in the river at dawn
                  A                               Bmadd11
Send me away with the words of a love song
 
w/main strum pattern:
G       D          A (1 w/A Riff)
  Oh oh, oh oh
 
                           G                                           D
Lord, make me a rainbow, I'll shine down on my mother
                                     A                                            Bmadd11
She'll know I'm safe with You when she stands under my colors
         G                                        D
Oh and life ain't always what you think it ought to be
        A                               Bmadd11
No, ain't even grey, but she buries her baby
G                       D                  A     Bmadd11
   The sharp knife of a short life
       G          D                       A (1 w/A Riff)
Well, I've had just enough time
 
Chorus:
             G                        D
If I die young, bury me in satin
             A                        Bmadd11
Lay me down on a bed of roses
                       G          D
Sink me in the river at dawn
                 A                                Bmadd11
Send me away with the words of a love song
 
G                       D                 A       Bmadd11
   The sharp knife of a short life
       G          D                         A (1 w/A Riff)
Well, I've had just enough time
 
                               G               D          
And I'll be wearing white when I come into Your kingdom
             A                               Bmadd11
I'm as green as the ring on my little cold finger
    G                          D          
I've never known the loving of a man 
          A                                     Bmadd11
but it sure felt nice when he was holding my hand
             G                                    D          
There's a boy here in town says he'll love me forever
A                                       Bmadd11
Who would have thought forever could be severed by
 
G                      D                    A  Bmadd11
   The sharp knife of a short life
        G         D                       A (1 w/A Riff)
Well, I've had just enough time
 
Solo:
/ G - D - / A - Bmadd11 - / x2
 

one strum/chord:

      G                                    D (fermata)
So put on your best, boys, And I'll wear my pearls
     A (fermata)
What I never did is done
 
                         G                           D            
A penny for my thoughts, Oh no, I'll sell them for a dollar
  A                                       Bmadd11
They're worth so much more after I'm a goner
           G                                   D          
And maybe then you'll hear the words I've been singing
  A                                          Bmadd11
Funny when you're dead how people start listening
 
 
resume main strumming pattern:
/ G - D - / A (w/A riff) - - - /
 
Chorus
 
      G                          D
Oh oh, the ballad of a dove
A           Bmadd11
  Go in peace and love
   G                               D
Gather up your tears, Keep them in your pocket
  A                                               Bmadd11
Save them for a time when you're really gonna need ‘em
 
      G                         D                A    Bmadd11
Oh oh, the sharp knife of a short life
       G          D                       A (1 w/A Riff)
Well, I've had just enough time
 
     G (hold)
So put on your best, boys
D (hold)
    And I'll wear my pearls

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