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    (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville

    REM


    Capo 2

     

    Strum: D   D U   U D U  (folk strum)

           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

     

    Intro: / D - - - / x4

     

    D(4)

    Looking at your watch at the time

                                              / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

    Waiting in the station for the bus

    D(4)

    Going to a place that's far

                                                 / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

    So far away and if that's not enough

    A                      G(½)    F#m(½)     Bm       

    Going where nobody      says        hello

                              Bm(½)        Am(½)        / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

    They don't talk to anybody they don't know

     

              D(4)

    You'll wind up in some factory

                                                             / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

    That's full time filth and nowhere left to go

    D(4)

    Walk home to an empty house

                                      / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

    Sit around a-all by yourself

    A                                 G)       F#m(½)     Bm       

    I know it might sound strange but I        believe

                               Bm(½)        Am(½)  / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

    you'll be coming back      before too long

     

    Chorus:

    D                        Em     A   Asus4   ]--(x3)

    Don't go back to Rockville                ]_/

    G (hold 4 measures)

           And waste another year

     

         D(4)

    At night I drink myself to sleep

                                                            / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

    And pretend I don't care if you're not here with me

                   D(4)

    'Cause it's so much easier to handle

                                                / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

    All my problems if I'm too far out to sea

            A                        G(½)   F#m(½)       Bm       

    But something better happen soon or it's gonna

                Bm(½)   Am(½)        / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

    be too late to    bring you back

     

    Chorus

     

    D (2)                                G(½)  A(½)   G(½)  A(½)  

    It's not as though I really need you

    D (2)                                G(½)  A(½)   G(½)  A(½)  

    If you were here I'd only bleed you

    Em                 Bm

    But everybody else in town

    Em                Bm

    Only wants to bring you down

    G(2)                                     / A - - - / - (hold) /

    And that's not how it ought to be

            A                        G(½)          F#m(½)      Bm       

    I know it might sound strange, but I           believe

                              Bm(½)   Am(½)        / G - - - / Gsus4 – G - / x2

    you'll be coming back    before too long

     

    Chorus x2

     

    D (hold)

     

     

     

     

     

    Riff at End of Chorus:

     

    Riff at End of Chorus (Easier Version):


    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.