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What If, No Matter

Tom Paxton

 

Capo 5, in 6/8 time

 

Chord Guide

       32 1

C:    x32010

      3    4

G:    3x0003

         213

D7:   xx0212

        123

A:    x02220

 

       >           >

Strum: B   D U D U D   D U D U

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 +    w/swing feel

This video is identical to the pattern above except that it doesn't swing.

 

 

Intro: / C - - - - - / G - - - - - / D7 - - - - - / G - - - - - / x2

           / D7 - - - - - / G - - - - - /

 

Chorus:

   C                             G                          D7                               G

What if, no matter how angry he was, How outraged he was, How furious he was,
   C                              G                           D7                             G

What if, no matter how angry he was, He couldn't lay hands on a gun,

      D7                              G

He couldn't lay hands on a gun?

 

   C                               G                            D7                          G
What if, no matter how right he was, How wrong they were, How evil they were,
   C                               G                         D7                               G

What if, no matter how right he was, He couldn't lay hands on a gun,
       D7                              G

He couldn't lay hands on a gun?

      D7                         G                               D7                              G
No rifle, no pistol, No shotgun in sight, No revolver, automatic, No assault gun tonight,
       C                                            G                              A                             D7

No clips crammed with bullets Anywhere to be found, No weapons just laying around?

 

   C                              G                                 D7                           G

What if, no matter how outraged he was, How furious he was, How murderous he was,
   C                              G                                D7                             G

What if, no matter how outraged he was, He couldn't lay hands on a gun,
       D7                              G

He couldn't lay hands on a gun.

        D7                                       G                                  D7                                   G
If he dug through his pickup, The back seat, the trunk, The attic, the basement, And piles of old junk,
       C                                      G                      A                                      D7

And came up empty-handed, Again and again, Tell me, what would he do then?

Chorus

 

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.