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That’s the Way that the World Goes Round

John Prine


Capo 5

 

Strum: B   D U B   D U    w/alternating bass

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

Chord Guide

       32 1

C:    x32010

      134211

F:    133211

      3    4

G:    3x0003

 

Intro: / C - - - / - - - - / F - - - / - - - - /

         / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / - - - - /

         / C - - - / - - - - / F - - - / - - - - /

         / C - - - / G - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

 

C (2)

I know a guy that’s got a lot to lose,

            F (2)

He’s a pretty nice fella, kinda confused

         C (3)

Got muscles in his head, ain’t never been used

                                        G (2)

Thinks he owns half of this town

C (2)

Starts drinkin’ heavy, gets a big red nose,

F (2)

Beats his old lady with a rubber hose,

             C (2)

Then he takes her out to dinner buys her new clothes

                 G                                  C

That’s the way that the world goes 'round

 

Chorus:

   C (2)

That’s the way that the world goes 'round,

          F (2)

You’re up one day and the next you’re down,

         C (3)

It’s a half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown

                                    G (½)          C (½)

That’s the way that the world goes 'round.

 

Repeat Intro

 

         C (2)

I was sittin’ in the  bathtub, countin’ my toes,

                F (2)

When the radiator broke, water all froze

           C (3)

I got stuck in the ice, without my clothes,

                                    G (2)

Naked as the eyes of a clown

           C (2)

I was cryin’ ice cubes, hoping I’d croak

                F (2)

When the sun come thru the window, the ice all broke,

     C (2)

I stood up and laughed, I thought it was a joke,

                 G                                   C

That’s the way that the world goes 'round

 

Repeat Intro

 

Repeat Chorus

 

C                                    G (½)          C (½)

That’s the way that the world goes 'round.

C                                    G (2)        

That’s the way that the world...goes 'round.

 

/ C - - - / - - - - / F - - - / - - - - /

/ C - - - / G - - - / C - - - / - - - (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.