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San Diego Serenade

Tom Waits

Strum: B   D   D     or   Strum:  D   D U D U  (w/swing feel)

       1 + 2 + 3 +                1 + 2 + 3 +


Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       213 4

B7:   x21202


Em7:   020000

      3    1

G7:    3x0001



G                         B7                Em7            / G - G7 /

   Never saw the morning, 'til I stayed up all night

C                         D                      G                 / Em7 - G7 /

   Never saw the sunshine, 'til you turned out the light

C                         D                        G                   / Em7 - G7 /

   Never saw my hometown, until I stayed away too long

C                            D                C              G

   Never heard the melody, 'til I needed the song


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


G                B7                                 Em7                  / G - G7 /

   Never saw the white line, 'til I was leaving you behind

C                        D                              G                      / Em7 - G7 /

   Never knew I needed you, 'til I was caught up in a bind

C                   D                        G                  / Em7 - G7 /

   Never spoke I love you, until I cursed you in vain

C                                  D               C                      G

   Never felt my heart-strings, 'til I nearly went insane


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


G                      B7                    Em7                 / G - G7 /

   Never saw the east coast 'til I moved to the west

C                         D                         G                           / Em7 - G7 /

   Never saw the moonlight, until it shone off of your breast

C                          D                        G                        / Em7 - G7 /

   Never saw your heart, 'til someone tried to steal it away

C                          D                       C                      G

   Never saw your tears, until they rolled down your face


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


Repeat 1st Verse


/ C - D / G - - / (x3)    Hold last 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.