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(Don’t Go Back to) Rockville

REM


Capo 2

 

Strum: D   D U   U D U  (folk strum)

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

Intro: / D - - - / x4

 

D(4)

Looking at your watch at the time

                                          / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

Waiting in the station for the bus

D(4)

Going to a place that's far

                                             / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

So far away and if that's not enough

A                      G(½)    F#m(½)     Bm       

Going where nobody      says        hello

                          Bm(½)        Am(½)        / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

They don't talk to anybody they don't know

 

          D(4)

You'll wind up in some factory

                                                         / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

That's full time filth and nowhere left to go

D(4)

Walk home to an empty house

                                  / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

Sit around a-all by yourself

A                                 G)       F#m(½)     Bm       

I know it might sound strange but I        believe

                           Bm(½)        Am(½)  / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

you'll be coming back      before too long

 

Chorus:

D                        Em     A   Asus4   ]--(x3)

Don't go back to Rockville                ]_/

G (hold 4 measures)

       And waste another year

 

     D(4)

At night I drink myself to sleep

                                                        / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

And pretend I don't care if you're not here with me

               D(4)

'Cause it's so much easier to handle

                                            / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

All my problems if I'm too far out to sea

        A                        G(½)   F#m(½)       Bm       

But something better happen soon or it's gonna

            Bm(½)   Am(½)        / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

be too late to    bring you back

 

Chorus

 

D (2)                                G(½)  A(½)   G(½)  A(½)  

It's not as though I really need you

D (2)                                G(½)  A(½)   G(½)  A(½)  

If you were here I'd only bleed you

Em                 Bm

But everybody else in town

Em                Bm

Only wants to bring you down

G(2)                                     / A - - - / - (hold) /

And that's not how it ought to be

        A                        G(½)          F#m(½)      Bm       

I know it might sound strange, but I           believe

                          Bm(½)   Am(½)        / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

you'll be coming back    before too long

 

Chorus x2

 

D (hold)

 

 

 

 

 

Riff at End of Chorus:

 

Riff at End of Chorus (Easier Version):


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.