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Cherry Bomb

John Mellencamp

Strum: D   D U   U D U

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


Intro:  / G - - - / Am - - - / x4


       G                       Am

Well,    I lived on the outskirts of town

G                               Am

      In an eight room farmhouse, baby

G                                      Am

    When my brothers and friends were around

G                             Am

    There was always something doin’

Em                                 Bm

       Had me a couple of real nice girlfriends

              Am              C

Stopped by to see me once in a while

Em                              Bm

      When I think back about those days

Am                C               

All I can do is sit and smile



G                           Am

     That’s when a sport was a sport

G                                     Am

      And groovin’ was groovin’

G                               Am

    And dancin’ meant everything

G                                 Am

    We were young and we were improvin’

G                               Am

    Laughin’, laughin’, with our friends

G                                  Am

    Holdin’ hands meant somethin’, baby

G                             Am

    Outside the club Cherry Bomb,

G                           Am

   Our hearts were really thumpin’,

                 G             Am

Say yeah, yeah, yeah        Say yeah, yeah, yeah


/ G - - - / Am - - - / x2


G                                  Am

    The winter days they last forever

G                                        Am

    But the weekends went by so quick

G                                     Am

    Went ridin’ around this little country town

G                                     Am

    We were goin’ nuts girl, out in the sticks

Em                                   Bm

     One night, me with my big mouth

               Am                       C

A couple guys had to put me in my place

Em                                 Bm

      When I see those guys these days

              Am                                C

We just laugh and say, Do you remember when?




1/2 length instrumental chorus


G                                  Am

     Seventeen has turned thirty-five

G                                Am

    I’m surprised that we’re still livin’

G                        Am

     If we’ve done any wrong

G                     Am

    I hope that we’re forgiven

Em                        Bm

     Got a few kids of my own

        Am                                       C

And some days I still don’t know what to do

Em                                      Bm

    I hope that they’re not laughin’ too loud

                   Am                       C

When they hear me talkin’ like this to you




/ G - - - / Am - - - / x4


End on G

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.