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    If I Die Young

    The Band Perry

     

    Capo 2.  Chords get two beats each unless otherwise noted.

     

    Chord Guide

          3    4

    G:    3x0003

             132

    D:    xx0232

            123

    A:    x02220

              1342

    Bmadd11: x24430

     

    Strum: B B D DUB B D DU

           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

     

    A Riff:

     

     

    one strum/chord:

                G                         D
    If I die young, Bury me in satin
                  A                       Bmadd11
    Lay me down on a bed of roses
                           G          D
    Sink me in the river at dawn
                      A                               Bmadd11
    Send me away with the words of a love song
     
    w/main strum pattern:
    G       D          A (1 w/A Riff)
      Oh oh, oh oh
     
                               G                                           D
    Lord, make me a rainbow, I'll shine down on my mother
                                         A                                            Bmadd11
    She'll know I'm safe with You when she stands under my colors
             G                                        D
    Oh and life ain't always what you think it ought to be
            A                               Bmadd11
    No, ain't even grey, but she buries her baby
    G                       D                  A     Bmadd11
       The sharp knife of a short life
           G          D                       A (1 w/A Riff)
    Well, I've had just enough time
     
    Chorus:
                 G                        D
    If I die young, bury me in satin
                 A                        Bmadd11
    Lay me down on a bed of roses
                           G          D
    Sink me in the river at dawn
                     A                                Bmadd11
    Send me away with the words of a love song
     
    G                       D                 A       Bmadd11
       The sharp knife of a short life
           G          D                         A (1 w/A Riff)
    Well, I've had just enough time
     
                                   G               D          
    And I'll be wearing white when I come into Your kingdom
                 A                               Bmadd11
    I'm as green as the ring on my little cold finger
        G                          D          
    I've never known the loving of a man 
              A                                     Bmadd11
    but it sure felt nice when he was holding my hand
                 G                                    D          
    There's a boy here in town says he'll love me forever
    A                                       Bmadd11
    Who would have thought forever could be severed by
     
    G                      D                    A  Bmadd11
       The sharp knife of a short life
            G         D                       A (1 w/A Riff)
    Well, I've had just enough time
     
    Solo:
    / G - D - / A - Bmadd11 - / x2
     

    one strum/chord:

          G                                    D (fermata)
    So put on your best, boys, And I'll wear my pearls
         A (fermata)
    What I never did is done
     
                             G                           D            
    A penny for my thoughts, Oh no, I'll sell them for a dollar
      A                                       Bmadd11
    They're worth so much more after I'm a goner
               G                                   D          
    And maybe then you'll hear the words I've been singing
      A                                          Bmadd11
    Funny when you're dead how people start listening
     
     
    resume main strumming pattern:
    / G - D - / A (w/A riff) - - - /
     
    Chorus
     
          G                          D
    Oh oh, the ballad of a dove
    A           Bmadd11
      Go in peace and love
       G                               D
    Gather up your tears, Keep them in your pocket
      A                                               Bmadd11
    Save them for a time when you're really gonna need ‘em
     
          G                         D                A    Bmadd11
    Oh oh, the sharp knife of a short life
           G          D                       A (1 w/A Riff)
    Well, I've had just enough time
     
         G (hold)
    So put on your best, boys
    D (hold)
        And I'll wear my pearls

    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.