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Video Killed the Radio Star

As performed by The Presidents of the United States of America


Tuning:  Drop D, and whole guitar is tuned ½ step lower, so the 6th string ends up being 1 ½ steps lower.  Here’s the tuning low to high:  Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb

 

Intro: / D - - - / x4

 

0 (D5)         2 (E5)              5 (G5)           7 (A5)

I heard you on the wireless back in Fifty Two

0           2                  5                  7
Lying awake intent at tuning in on you.

4 (F#5)  5                      7
If I was young it didn't stop you coming through.
4         5  7
Oh-a oh

0                       2                  5                  7
They took the credit for your second symphony.

0              2                     5                  7
Rewritten by machine on new technology,

4               5                      7
and now I understand the supernova scene

4          5      7
Oh-a oh          I met your children
4         5    7

Oh-a oh        What did you tell them?

Chorus:

0                       5

Video killed the radio star.

0                        5
Video killed the radio star.
12 (D5)      11 (C#5)   9 (B5)

In my mind and          in my car

12              11              9

we can't rewind we've gone to far

 

7  9  (x2)


 0                   2               5                  7
And now we meet in an abandoned studio.
0                    2                    5                      7

We hear the playback and it seems so long ago.

4               5                 7
And you remember the jingles used to go.

4          5    7
Oh-a oh        You were the first one.
4          5    7

Oh-a oh        You were the last one.

Chorus

 

Solo

0                       5

Video killed the radio star.

0                        5
Video killed the radio star.
12 (D5)      11 (C#5)   9 (B5)

In my mind and          in my car

12              11              9

we can't rewind we've gone to far

12         11              9
Pictures came and broke your heart

     12              11        9 (hold)

so put all the blame on VCR.

       0  5              0  5    
You are a radio star.

       0  5              0  5    
You are a radio star.

 

0                       5
Video killed the radio star  (x8)

 

/ 7 – 9 - / 5 – 9 - / 5 7 (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.