Strum the Right Way in 10 Minutes

Unlock my free video

I’ve taught this lesson to 100’s of private students, and over 182,000 guitarists online. It’ll teach you:


  • The 4 Principles of Good Strumming
  • How to Read Strumming Diagrams
  • The Most Popular Strumming Pattern Ever


Get the

Strumming Video

Learn how to strum the right way in just 10 minutes.

Subscribe to my mailing list to unlock the video.
I'll never spam you or share your info.
Unsubscribe any time.

This chart will look wacky unless you
rotate your phone

 

The Boys Are Back in Town - Easy Power Chord Version

Thin Lizzy


Original version tuned ½ step down

 

Intro:

/ A5 - - - / - - - B5 / - - - D5 / - - - A5 / x4

 

  A5                        C#5

Guess who just got back today?

           D5                            F#5

Those wild-eyed boys that had been away

C#5                                F#5

Haven't changed, haven't much to say

B5                                       E5

   But man, I still think them cats are great

 

A5                               C#5

     They were asking if you were around

D5                                  F5

How you was, where you could be found

  C#5                                 F#5            

I told them you were living downtown

B5                                 E5

Driving all the old men crazy

 

Chorus:

       A5 (2)                        B5    D5

The boys are back in town

       A5 (2)                        B5    D5

The boys are back in town

       A5 (2)                        B5    D5

The boys are back in town

 

Interlude:

/ A5 - - - / B5 - - - / C#5 - - - / E5 - - - / x2

 

  A5                        C#5

You know the chick that used to dance a lot

           D5                            F#5

Every night she'd be on the floor shaking what she'd got

C#5                                F#5

Man when I tell you she was cool, she was red hot

B5                                       E5

I mean she was steaming

 

  A5                        C#5

That night over at Johnny's place

D5                                  F5

Well this chick got up and she slapped Johnny's face

  C#5                                 F#5

Man we just fell about the place

B5                                 E5

If that chick don't want to know, forget her

 

Chorus

 

/ A5 - - - / B5 - - - / C#5 - - - / E5 - - - / x2

 

Bridge:

w/triplet strum:

/ G5 - - - / D5 - - - /

resume one chord per measure

/ C#5 - - - / F#5 - - - / B5 - - - / E5 - - - /

/ F#5 - - - / - - - - /

 

Repeat Bridge

 

  A5                        C#5

Friday night they'll be dressed to kill

           D5                            F#5

Down at Dino's bar and grill

C#5                                F#5

The drink will flow and blood will spill

B5                                       E5

If the boys want to fight, you'd better let them

 

  A5                        C#5

That jukebox in the corner blasting out my favorite song

D5                                  F5

The nights are getting warmer, it won't be long

  C#5                                 F#5

It won't be long till summer comes

B5                                 E5

Now that the boys are here again

 

Chorus

 

Outro:

/ A5 - - - / - - - - / G5 - - - / F#5 - - - /

/ G5 - - - / F#5 - - - / D5 - - - / E5 - - - /

 

Repeat Outro

 

/ A5 - - - / B5 - - - / C#5 - - - / E5 - - - / x4

 

End on A5


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.