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    That’s the Way that the World Goes Round

    John Prine


    Capo 5

     

    Strum: B   D U B   D U    w/alternating bass

           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

     

    Chord Guide

           32 1

    C:    x32010

          134211

    F:    133211

          3    4

    G:    3x0003

     

    Intro: / C - - - / - - - - / F - - - / - - - - /

             / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - / - - - - /

             / C - - - / - - - - / F - - - / - - - - /

             / C - - - / G - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

     

    C (2)

    I know a guy that’s got a lot to lose,

                F (2)

    He’s a pretty nice fella, kinda confused

             C (3)

    Got muscles in his head, ain’t never been used

                                            G (2)

    Thinks he owns half of this town

    C (2)

    Starts drinkin’ heavy, gets a big red nose,

    F (2)

    Beats his old lady with a rubber hose,

                 C (2)

    Then he takes her out to dinner buys her new clothes

                     G                                  C

    That’s the way that the world goes 'round

     

    Chorus:

       C (2)

    That’s the way that the world goes 'round,

              F (2)

    You’re up one day and the next you’re down,

             C (3)

    It’s a half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown

                                        G (½)          C (½)

    That’s the way that the world goes 'round.

     

    Repeat Intro

     

             C (2)

    I was sittin’ in the  bathtub, countin’ my toes,

                    F (2)

    When the radiator broke, water all froze

               C (3)

    I got stuck in the ice, without my clothes,

                                        G (2)

    Naked as the eyes of a clown

               C (2)

    I was cryin’ ice cubes, hoping I’d croak

                    F (2)

    When the sun come thru the window, the ice all broke,

         C (2)

    I stood up and laughed, I thought it was a joke,

                     G                                   C

    That’s the way that the world goes 'round

     

    Repeat Intro

     

    Repeat Chorus

     

    C                                    G (½)          C (½)

    That’s the way that the world goes 'round.

    C                                    G (2)        

    That’s the way that the world...goes 'round.

     

    / C - - - / - - - - / F - - - / - - - - /

    / C - - - / G - - - / C - - - / - - - (hold) /


    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.