Stranger With The Melodies

Harry Chapin

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INTRO: D D/G D/E D/A D D/G D/E D/A D It was my first night in that roomin` house, D/G in the last room down the hall. D/E I heard a hoarse voice, and an old guitar, D/A comin` through the paper thin walls. D A crazy nonsense nursery rhyme, D/G it did not mean a thing. D/E But for the first of what was to be a thousand times, D/A this is what I heard him sing. D Hold that "D" chord on the old guitar, D/G `till I find the "G." D/E Drop it down to old "E" minor, D/A `till the "A" chord rolls D D/A back home around to "D." D I had to lay there listening, it D/G seemed he was in the room. D/E The stranger with the melodies, D/A singin` there in the gloom. Bm And he repeated it over and over F again, such a soft and sinking sound. Am It was kind of like a music box Em that was slowly windin` down. F And he sang it, he hummed it, he Em whistled it, and he strummed it. G He laughed it, and he cried it. A A He did anything but hide it. A7 A6 A D Hold that "D" chord on the old guitar,
D/G `till I find the "G." D/E Drop it down to old "E" minor, D/A `till the "A" chord rolls D D/A back home around to me. D So I lay there in that lumpy bed, D/G counted Choruses instead of sheep, D/E `till I banged on the wall and out D/A I called, "Hey bub, I need some sleep." D stop pattern, just base G A sudden void of silence, then I heard that hoarse voice say, E A D resume pattern D/A "It weren`t so long ago, boy, they paid me to play. D So I said, "It`s kind of late for D/G music, sir. Two hours `till it`s daylight." D/E He answered, "I need my music most D/A in these dark hours of the night. Bm You see I`ve tried gettin` high on F somethin`, son; it only brings me down. Am Stayin` dry don`t work out better, Em boy, `cause my eyes get wet and I drown. F Won`t you please let me continue, Em and I`ll be in your debt. G You see I`m not singin` to A remember, son. I`m just singin` A A7 A6 to forget. A D Hold that "D" chord on the old guitar, D/G `till I find the "G." D/E Drop it down to old "E" minor, D/A D D strum D strum A `till the "A" chord rolls back home around to me. C That`s when I said, if I`m G supposed to listen to you, sir, C G one quick question, then. F C Why in the hell do you sing one A song, over and over again? spoken And this is what he said. D D D I gave her the music, D/G son. She gave me the words. D/E Together we`d write the kinds of D/A songs the angels must have heard. D Of course, we`d fight like cats D/G and dogs; life ain`t no rosebud dream. D/E Still, where ever we`d go, D/A everybody`d know, we were truly a team. D I can`t remember now if I`d done D/G her wrong, or if she`d done wrong to me. D/E Still, all I know is when I let D/A her go, it did not set me free. Bm That`s when I said, "You sound like what`s-his-name." F He said, "That`s who I am. Am But you can`t wrap a name around you boy, Em `cause it really don`t mean a damn. F You see, a song don`t have no Em meanin`, when it don`t have nothin` to say. G What she could do was magic, son. A A A7 A6 A All I can do is play. D He started singin` again, that`s when I drifted off, D/G and maybe I`d dreamed what I`d heard, D/E about the stranger with the melodies, D/A who`d gone and lost the words. D Hold that "D" chord on the old guitar, D/G `till I find the "G." D/E Drop it down to old "E" minor, D/A `till the "A" chord rolls D D final back home around to "D."
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