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    Video Killed the Radio Star

    As performed by The Presidents of the United States of America


    Tuning:  Drop D, and whole guitar is tuned ½ step lower, so the 6th string ends up being 1 ½ steps lower.  Here’s the tuning low to high:  Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb

     

    Intro: / D - - - / x4

     

    0 (D5)         2 (E5)              5 (G5)           7 (A5)

    I heard you on the wireless back in Fifty Two

    0           2                  5                  7
    Lying awake intent at tuning in on you.

    4 (F#5)  5                      7
    If I was young it didn't stop you coming through.
    4         5  7
    Oh-a oh

    0                       2                  5                  7
    They took the credit for your second symphony.

    0              2                     5                  7
    Rewritten by machine on new technology,

    4               5                      7
    and now I understand the supernova scene

    4          5      7
    Oh-a oh          I met your children
    4         5    7

    Oh-a oh        What did you tell them?

    Chorus:

    0                       5

    Video killed the radio star.

    0                        5
    Video killed the radio star.
    12 (D5)      11 (C#5)   9 (B5)

    In my mind and          in my car

    12              11              9

    we can't rewind we've gone to far

     

    7  9  (x2)


     0                   2               5                  7
    And now we meet in an abandoned studio.
    0                    2                    5                      7

    We hear the playback and it seems so long ago.

    4               5                 7
    And you remember the jingles used to go.

    4          5    7
    Oh-a oh        You were the first one.
    4          5    7

    Oh-a oh        You were the last one.

    Chorus

     

    Solo

    0                       5

    Video killed the radio star.

    0                        5
    Video killed the radio star.
    12 (D5)      11 (C#5)   9 (B5)

    In my mind and          in my car

    12              11              9

    we can't rewind we've gone to far

    12         11              9
    Pictures came and broke your heart

         12              11        9 (hold)

    so put all the blame on VCR.

           0  5              0  5    
    You are a radio star.

           0  5              0  5    
    You are a radio star.

     

    0                       5
    Video killed the radio star  (x8)

     

    / 7 – 9 - / 5 – 9 - / 5 7 (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.