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    Reason to Believe

    Bruce Springsteen, as performed by Aimee Mann and Michael Penn


    Capo 1

     

    Strum: B   D   B   D   B   D   B U D U 

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

     

    Chord Guide

          21  34

    G:    320033

             21 34

    Cadd9:  x32033

           132

    D:  xx0232        

            T  132

    D/F#:   2x0232

     

    Intro:  G x4

     

                                              G         Cadd9                             G (4)

    Seen a man standin' over a dead dog lyin' by the highway in a ditch

                                                                                     D (2)
    He's lookin' down kinda puzzled pokin' that dog with a stick

                                       G              Cadd9                          G (2)
    Got his car door flung open he's standin' out on Highway 31

                                     Cadd9 (½)  G (½)    D                                     G (2)
    Like if he stood there long       enough         that dog'd get up and run

                                Cadd9 (½)   G (1)                            D (½)            G (2)
    It struck me kinda fu       -       nny, seemed kinda funny sir to me

                                       Cadd9 (½)  G (½)             D                               G (4)
    Still at the end of every hard          day people find some reason to believe

                                   G       Cadd9                                G (4)
    Now Mary Lou loved Johnny       with a love mean and true

                                                                                                           D (2)
    She said "Baby I'll work for you every day, bring my money home to you"

                                   G      Cadd9               G (2)
    One day he up and left her and ever since that

                                                 Cadd9 (½)  G (½)    D                                          G (2)
    She waits down at the end of that dirt road            for young Johnny to come back

                             Cadd9 (½)   G (1)  D (½)              G (2)
    Struck me kinda funny,                funny yeah indeed

                                          Cadd9 (½)  G (½)              D                                G (2)       
    How at the end of every hard-earned day you can find some reason to believe

     

    Interlude:  / G - - - / Cadd9 - - - / D/F# - - - / G - - - / x2


    G (2)                             Cadd9                    G (4)
      Take a baby to the river, Kyle William they called him

                                                                       D (2)
    Wash the baby in the water, take away little Kyle's sin

                                   G          Cadd9                        G (2)
    In a whitewash shotgun shack an old man passes away

                                      Cadd9 (½)  G (½)    D                                 G (2)
    Take the body to the grave   -     yard          and over him they pray

                           Cadd9 (½)   G (1)                   D (½)           G (2)
    Lord won't you tell                 us, tell us what does it mean

                                  Cadd9 (½)    G (½)           D                                 G (6)
    At the end of every hard-earned day people find some reason to believe

                          G      Cadd9                    G (4)
    Congregation gathers down by the riverside

                                                                                             D (2)
    Preacher stands with his Bible, groom stands waitin' for his bride

                           G                        Cadd9                     G (2)
    Congregation gone, sun sets behind a weepin' willow tree

                                 Cadd9 (½)  G (½)             D                               G (2)
    Groom stands all alone and    watches the river rush on effortlessly

                              Cadd9 (½)   G (1)                            D (½)    G (2)
    Wonderin' where can              his                        baby    be

                                       Cadd9 (½)   G (½)             D                                G (4)
    Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

     

    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.