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Hurt So Good

John Mellencamp


Capo 2


Original version is in same key but no capo.  This version avoids barre chords.

Chords in parentheses are anticipated (played a ½ beat early)


Intro:  Riff x4


G                               D

    When I was a young boy,

Em                                    C
    Said put away those young boy ways

G                                     D
    Now that I'm gettin' older, so much older

Em                         C
     I long for those young boy days.

G                     D
With a girl like you,

G                     D
With a girl like you,

Em                                            C
      Lord knows there are things we can do, baby,

D (2)
Just me and you.  Come on and make it hurt

G              D

   Hurt so good.

G                                       D
    Come on baby, make it hurt so good.

/ C - (Em) - / - - - - /  C
Sometimes love don't    feel like it should.

You make it hurt so good.


Riff x2

G                               D
    Don't have to be so exiting.

Em                                        C
      Just tryin' to give myself a little bit of fun, yeah.

G                               D
    You always look so invitin'

Em                                 C
      You ain't as green as you are young

G                       D
    Hey baby, its you.

G                                    D
   Come on, girl, now, its you.

Em                                    C
      Sink your teeth right through my bones, baby.

D (2)
     Let's see what we can do.  Come on and make it


Riff x1



C                             G
    I ain't talkin' no big deals

/ C - - (Em) / - - (G) - /
   I ain't made no plans myself.

C                           G
   I ain't talkin' no high heels

                       D (10)
Maybe we could walk around all day long,  walk around all day long.



1 measure of G




Riff x4


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.