Summer Of Love


Transposer


             [Verse]
A                               E
When I was fifteen and a man of the world 
D
I was madly in love with a Catholic girl 
        Bm                              D
She had gray Irish eyes and the whitest of teeth 
Bm                              E
And a body that left the whole neighborhood weak

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A                               E
It was the body of a fully grown woman should have
 D
In the spring of her years, in the summer of love
Bm                              D
And for gentlemen callers, she had a dozen or more
        Bm                              E
But I was the one her dad let in the door

[Verse]
A                               E
And in the small hours, with the whole town asleep 
D
I'd crawl out my window and climb down my tree
                Bm                              D
I'd light up a cigarette and walk to her house 
Bm                              E
And I'd climb to her window to lure her out

[Verse]
A                               E
And we’d go down to the park and lie in the grass
 D 
And we'd talk about life as it flew by so fast
                Bm                              D
And sometimes she'd kiss me, sometimes she'd let me
        Bm                              E
Touch her in the dark where I hadn't touched yet

[Bridge]
A                                       E
And sometimes at her window I thought I would die
 D                              E
She’d already be out with some other guy

[Chorus]
A  A/G#  A/F#         E
Shawn, where have you gone 
D                               A
It's nineteen sixty-eight, the Beatles are on 
A               A/G#    A/F#                  D
I've got nine cigarettes, that should last till dawn
 Bm                     E               A       E
Shawn, where have you gone

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A                               E
There was Bobby and Barry, Paul, Jim and Rick 
D
You were so friendly I was literally sick
                Bm                              D
But when we were together I was more or less lost 
Bm                              E
Although I did what you told me, whatever the cost

[Verse]
A                               E
Sometimes I would help you when you'd babysit kids 
D
But for all that we knew they'd be dead in their cribs 
                Bm                              D
It was late in October, I think, when I heard
        Bm                              E
Everybody was talking, spreading the word

[Verse]
A                               E
Did you hear Shawn's pregnant, but she's keeping the kid 
D
And she's not telling anyone who the guy is
                Bm                              D
When I saw you I didn't know quite what to say 
Bm                              E
Though I wasn't the only one speechless that day

[Verse]
A
A week later we learned that you’d dropped out of school 
D
And all your old suitors were playing it cool 
                Bm                              D
So I went to your house and I climbed up your tree
        Bm                              E
And all that I knew was it couldn't be me

[Bridge]
A                                       E
You had left town, and you never came back
 D                              E
And later I learned that the baby was black

[Chorus]
A  A/G#  A/F#         E
Shawn, where have you gone 
D                               A
It's nineteen sixty-eight, the Beatles are on
 A              A/G#     A/F#                   D
I've got nine cigarettes, that should last till dawn
 Bm             E       A       E
Shawn, where have you gone

[Verse]
A                               E
Now it's twenty years later, and I'm still the guy
 D
With the fly-away hair and the smoke in his eye
                Bm                              D
It's our high-school reunion, everyone's here
        Bm                              E
Playing down the effects of the drugs and the beer

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A                               E
We are balding and grey, overweight and just tired 
D
So is the rock 'n' roll band someone hired
                Bm                              D
Paul and Barry, and Jim, Rick and Bob
        Bm                              E
Are all happy and healthy, though Jim lost his job

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A                               E
We are married with children, mortgages too
 D
And we can't believe all the things we used to do
                Bm                              D
We can still sing along to that song by the Byrds
        Bm                              E
Though it's harder each year to remember the words

[Verse]
A                               E
But we look back and laugh, the memories are warm D
And we still raise a glass to the old blue and orange 
        Bm                              D
And the music is playing a tune from that year
        Bm                              E
And all I can think is that you should be here

[Verse]
A                               E
Because while we wax nostalgic, wistful, or sad
 D
Still we celebrate something that you never had
                Bm                      D
A chance to grow slowly, a chance to find peace
        Bm                              E
You became an adult in thirty-six weeks

[Verse]
A                               E
And while we were enjoying the time to be young
 D
You were somewhere alone taking care of your son
        Bm                              D
And it's not mine to say, to forgive or forget
Bm                      E
And I wouldn't presume that you're full of regret

[Verse]
A                               E
But I wish you could see how we've turned into men
 D
Now that we're all reunited again
        Bm                              D
And I wish I could see you though I can't make amends
Bm                      E
For abandoning you when you needed your friends

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A                               E
And I wish I could know that you're doing all right
 D
Because your name came up several times here today 
                Bm                     D
It was a magical mystery tour we were on
        Bm                              E
And a long winding road we're still traveling, Shawn


A                               E
When I was fifteen and a man of the world
 D
I was madly in love with a girl in school
            

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