FREE Christmas Carol Songbook

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    The Sporting Life

    The Decemberists

     

    Main Strum:  D D D DU U UDUDU   Mute with left hand

                 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

     

    Cmaj7 Strum: D  U UD  U UDUDU   Play only during Cmaj7's

                 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

     

    Chord Guide

            1 342

    Gmaj7:  3x443x

           1342

    Em:   x7998x

           1333

    C:    x3555x

          13411

    Am:   57755x

           1333

    D:    x5777x

            32

    Cmaj7: x32000

     

     

    Gmaj7 (2)

            I fell on the playing field

    Em (2)

          The work of an errant heel

    C (2)

         The din of the crowd and the loud commotion

    Am                        D

         Went deafening silence and soft emotion

    Gmaj7 (2)

         The season was almost done

    Em (2)

         We'd managed it twelve to one

    C (2)

         So far I had known no humiliation

    Am                              D

          In front of my friends and close relations

     

    Cmaj7 (2)                                   Gmaj7 (2)

            There's my father looking on

    Cmaj7 (2)                                             Gmaj7

            And there's my girlfriend arm in arm

                   Em

    With the captain of the other team

           C

    And all of this is clear to me

             D                                     C

    They condescend to fix on me a frown

    Am              D

    How they love

             Gmaj7 (2)

    The sporting life

     

    Gmaj7 (2)

         And father had had such hopes

    Em (2)

         For a son who would take the ropes

    C (2)

         And fulfill all his old athletic aspirations

    Am                           D

         But apparently now there's some complications

    Gmaj7 (2)

          But while I am lying here

    Em (2)

         Trying to fight the tears

    C (2)

         I'll prove to the crowd that I come out stronger

    Am                                    D

          Though I think I might lie here a little longer

     

    Cmaj7 (2)                                                     Gmaj7 (2)

          'Cause there's my coach, he's looking down

    Cmaj7 (2)                                               Gmaj7

          The disappointment in his knitted brow

        Em

    I should have known he thinks again,

        C

    "I never should have put him in"

          D                                        C

    He turns to load the lemonade away

            Am                 D

    And breathes in deep

             Gmaj7 (2)

    The sporting life

             Em (2)

    The sporting life

              C (2)

    The sporting life

              Gmaj7 (2)

    How he loves

     

    Interlude:

    Hold 2 measures (Drum Break)

    / Gmaj7 - - - / - - - - / Em - - - / - - - - /

    / C - - - / - - - - / Gmaj7 - - - / - - - - /

     

    Cmaj7 (2)                                 Gmaj7 (2)

         There's my father looking on

    Cmaj7 (2)                                           Gmaj7

         And there's my girlfriend arm in arm

                  Em

    With the captain of the other team

           C

    And all of this is clear to me

              D                                     C

    They condescend to fix on me a frown

    Am             D (2)

    How they love, oh,

             Gmaj7 (2)

    The sporting life

             Em (2)

    The sporting life

               C (2)

    The sporting life

                   Gmaj7 (2)

    How they love

     

    Outro (play 2x):

    / Gmaj7 - - - / - - - - / Em - - - / - - - - /

    / C - - - / - - - - / Gmaj7 - - - / - - - - /      End on Gmaj7


    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.