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    Train in Vain

    The Clash


    Capo 2

     

    Note:  This song was probably recorded without a capo.  The following arrangement is in the same key as the original, but avoids barre chords.

     

    Intro:  Lead Guitar Riff (x4)

     

                   C  G G                     C  G G               

    Say you stand      by your man

                             C  G G                             C  G G               
    Tell me something         I don’t understand

                        C                             Am
    You said you love me and that’s a fact

                             C  G G                               C  G G               
    Then you left me,          said you felt trapped
                      C                                    G
    Well some things you can explain away

                 Am                            (C)
    But my heartache’s in me till this day

    Chorus:

                                  C  G G
    Did you stand by me

                       C  G G
    No, not at all

                                 C  G G
    Did you stand by me

               C  G G
    No way

     

                        C  G G                               C  G G               
    All the times            when we were close

                        C  G G                               C  G G               
    I’ll remember          these things the most

            C                                                 Am
    I see all my dreams come tumbling down

                              C  G G                             C  G G               
    I won’t be happy            without you around

               C                                           G
    So all alone I keep the wolves at bay
                      Am                           (C)

    And there’s only one thing that I can say

    Chorus

    Bridge:

                        G  Em Am                           C  G G    C  G G
    You must explain            why this must be

                 G  Em Am                                  C  G G    C  G G
    Did you lie              when you spoke to me
                                  C  G G
    Did you stand by me

                       C  G G
    No, not at all

     

                        C  G G                       C  G G               
    Now I got a job        but it don’t pay
                             
    C  G G                                    C  G G               

    I need new clothes        I need somewhere to stay

               C                                       Am
    But without all these things I can do

                                  C  G G                                  C  G G               
    But without your love         I won’t make it through
            C                                               G
    But you don’t understand my point of view

            Am                              (C)
    I suppose there’s nothing I can do

    Chorus

    Bridge

                               
    C  G G  (x4)

    Did you stand by me

    Chorus x2

     

    C  G G  (x4)

    Hold last 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.