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All Star

Smash Mouth

 

Original version tuned down ½ step.  Each chord gets 1/2 measure unless otherwise noted.

 

Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

         132

D:    xx0232

        231

Am:   x02210

       32 1

C:    x32010

     13

G5:  35xxxx

      13

C5:  x35xxx

        13

C5/C#: x45xxx

    13

F5: 13xxxx

 

Verse Strum: B B D DUB B D DU

             1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

Chorus Strum: D D D D D D D D

              1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

    G         D           Am             C               

Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me

    G                D           Am   C   

I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed

         G              D           Am               C                     

She was looking kinda dumb with her finger and her thumb in the

G            D          Am       C           

shape of an "L" on her forehead

 

  G                                 D

Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming

Am                       C

Back to the rules and I hit the ground running

  G                        D

Didn't make sense not to live for fun

      Am                         C

Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb

 

  G             D

So much to do so much to see

          Am                            C

So what's wrong with taking the back streets

   G                       D

You'll never know if you don't go

   Am                      C

You'll never shine if you don't glow

 

Chorus:

G5                C5                C5/C#       C5 

Hey now you're an All Star get your game on, go play

G5                C5                C5/C#       C5 

Hey now you're a Rock Star get the show on get paid

G5             C5          C5/C#  C5 

And all that glitters is gold    only shooting

   G5   F5       C5 (hold 1)

stars break the mold

 

   G                        D

It's a cool place and they say it gets colder

   Am                            C

You're bundled up now but wait 'til you get older

    G                    D

But the media men beg to differ

                 Am                   C

Judging by the hole in the satellite picture

 

             G                     D

The ice we skate is getting pretty thin

                    Am                        C

The waters getting warm so you might as well swim

               G               D

My world's on fire how about yours

           Am                             C

That's the way I like it and I never get bored

 

Chorus

 

Instrumental Chorus

 

Chorus, skip last measure

 

     G       D                  Am                   C 

Somebody once asked, could you spare some change for gas

           G           D              Am    C 

I need to get myself away from this place

G                D                Am                C 

I said yep what a concept I could use a little fuel myself

             G          D       Am       C 

And we could all use a little change

 

  G                                 D

Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming

Am                       C

Back to the rules and I hit the ground running

  G                        D

Didn't make sense not to live for fun

    Am                      C

Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb

 

   G             D

So much to do so much to see

   Am                            C

So what's wrong with taking the back streets

        G                       D

You'll never know if you don't go

        Am                         C

You'll never shine if you don't glow

 

Final Chorus:

G5                C5                C5/C#       C5 

Hey now you're an All Star get your game on, go play

G5                C5                C5/C#       C5 

Hey now you're a Rock Star get the show on get paid

G5             C5          C5/C#  C5 

And all that glitters is gold    only shooting

   G5   F5       C5 (1)

stars break the mold

 

G5                C5                C5/C#       C5 

Hey now you're an All Star get your game on, go play

G5                C5                C5/C#       C5 

Hey now you're a Rock Star get the show on get paid

G5             C5          C5/C#  C5 

And all that glitters is gold    only shooting

   G5   F5       C5 (hold)

stars break the mold


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.