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    What If, No Matter

    Tom Paxton

     

    Capo 5, in 6/8 time

     

    Chord Guide

           32 1

    C:    x32010

          3    4

    G:    3x0003

             213

    D7:   xx0212

            123

    A:    x02220

     

           >           >

    Strum: B   D U D U D   D U D U

           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 +    w/swing feel

    This video is identical to the pattern above except that it doesn't swing.

     

     

    Intro: / C - - - - - / G - - - - - / D7 - - - - - / G - - - - - / x2

               / D7 - - - - - / G - - - - - /

     

    Chorus:

       C                             G                          D7                               G

    What if, no matter how angry he was, How outraged he was, How furious he was,
       C                              G                           D7                             G

    What if, no matter how angry he was, He couldn't lay hands on a gun,

          D7                              G

    He couldn't lay hands on a gun?

     

       C                               G                            D7                          G
    What if, no matter how right he was, How wrong they were, How evil they were,
       C                               G                         D7                               G

    What if, no matter how right he was, He couldn't lay hands on a gun,
           D7                              G

    He couldn't lay hands on a gun?

          D7                         G                               D7                              G
    No rifle, no pistol, No shotgun in sight, No revolver, automatic, No assault gun tonight,
           C                                            G                              A                             D7

    No clips crammed with bullets Anywhere to be found, No weapons just laying around?

     

       C                              G                                 D7                           G

    What if, no matter how outraged he was, How furious he was, How murderous he was,
       C                              G                                D7                             G

    What if, no matter how outraged he was, He couldn't lay hands on a gun,
           D7                              G

    He couldn't lay hands on a gun.

            D7                                       G                                  D7                                   G
    If he dug through his pickup, The back seat, the trunk, The attic, the basement, And piles of old junk,
           C                                      G                      A                                      D7

    And came up empty-handed, Again and again, Tell me, what would he do then?

    Chorus

     

    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.