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    Only the Good Die Young

    Billy Joel

     

    Chord Guide

           32 1

    C:    x32010

             132

    D:    xx0232

            12  4

    Em7:   022003

          21  34

    G:    320033

            1 3

    A7:   x02020

     

    Strum Guide

    Verse Strum:

    C               D     Em7      

    D U X U   U X U D U X U   U X U  (Same for C-D-G progression)

    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

                                     

    Chorus Strum:                    

        G           C

    M   D     U D U D U X U D U D    (same for D-G progression)

    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

     

     C                            D (½)               Em7 (½)

    Come out, Virginia, don't let me wait

             C                           D (½)      G (½)

    You Catholic girls start much too late

                 C                       D (½)                   Em7 (½)

    Ah but sooner or later it comes down to fate

         C (hold)                  D (hold) 

    I might as well be the one

     

                        C                            D (½)            Em7 (½)

    Well, they showed you a statue, told you to pray

             C                                  D (½)            G (½)

    They built you a temple and locked you away

                  C                                D (½)               Em7 (½)

    Ah but they never told you the price that you pay

             C (hold)                              D (hold 2)

    For things that you might have done

     

    Chorus

                                       (G)     C                           (D)   G

    Only the good die young,            that's what I say

                         (G)     C                             (D)   G

    Only the good die young, only the good die young

     

                              C                         D (½)           Em7 (½)

    You might have heard I run with a dangerous crowd

          C                            D (½)       G (½)

    We ain't too pretty, we ain't too proud

            C                           D (½)    Em7 (½)

    We might be laughing a bit too loud

                   C (hold)                  D (hold) 

    Oh, but that never hurt no one

     

                  C                    D (½)       Em7 (½)

    So come on, Virginia, show me a sign

      C                               D (½)          G (½)

    Send up a signal, I'll throw you a line

               C                                      D (½)        Em7 (½)

    That stained glass curtain you're hiding behind

      C (hold)                  D (hold 2) 

    Never lets in the sun

     

                                          (G)     C                   (D)   G

    Darlin', only the good die young,    wo-o-o-oh

                                       (G)    C                   (D)   G

    I tell you only the good die young, only the good die young

     

    Bridge:

                    D (hold)                        C (hold)                   G (2)

    You got a nice white dress and a party on your confirmation

                     A7 (2)                         C (2)

    You got a brand new soul and a cross of gold

                    D (hold)                        C (hold)                   G (2)

    But, Virginia, they didn't give you quite enough information

                     A7 (2)                                                            C          D (hold)

    You didn't count on me when you were counting on your rosary, oh-oh-oh

     

                    C                                    D (½)              Em7 (½)

    And they say there's a heaven for those who will wait

      C                                 D (½)      G (½)

    Some say it's better but I say it ain't

                    C                                      D (½)             Em7 (½)

    I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints

             C (hold)                        D (hold 2) 

    The sinners are much more fun

     

                                                              (G)     C                   (D)   G

    You know that only the good die young,           woo-oo-oo baby

                                       (G)    C                   (D)   G

    I tell you only the good die young, only the good die young

     

    Instrumental Bridge (first half)

     

                    D (hold)                                     C (hold)                   G (2)

    Said your mother told you all that I could give you was a reputation

                           A7 (2)                                              C                     D (hold)

    Oh, she never cared for me but did she ever say a prayer for me, no-oh-oh

     

              C                                      D (½)        Em7 (½)

    Come out come out come out Virginia don't let me wait

    C                     D (½)          G (½)

       You Catholic girls start much too late

    C                             D (½)               Em7 (½)

      Sooner or later it comes down to fate

         C (hold)                  D (hold 2) 

    I might as well be the one

                                                           (G)     C              (D)   G

    You know that only the good die young,           tell you, baby

                                                 (G)     C                   (D)   G

    You know that only the good die young, only the good die young

     

    / - G - - / C - - - / - D - - / G - - - / x4

     

    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.