What Made America Famous

Harry Chapin

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G It was the town that made America C C/B famous Am D The churches full and the kids G gone to hell G Six traffic lights, and seven cops C C C/B And all the streets kept clean Am D The supermarket and the drug C G store and the bars all doin' well G Now they were the folks that made C C/B America famous Am C Our local fire department stocked D G with short-haired volunteers G And on Saturday night, while America boozes C The fire department showed dirty C C/B movies Am C/B The lawyer and the grocer seein' Am C/G their dreams come to life on the Am C/G movie screen F While the plumber hopes that he D C won't be seen, as he tries to hide his fears G And he wipes away his tears Bb A But somethin's burinin' somewhere B G DOES ANYBODY CARE? G We were the kids that made America C C/B famous Am The kind of kids that long since D G drove our parents to despair G We were lazy long-hairs droppin' out C C C/B Lost, confused, and coppin' out Am D Convinced our futures were in doubt C G And tryin' not to care G We lived in the house that made C C/B America famous Am C It was a run-down slum, the shame D G of all the decent folks in town G We're hippies and some welfare cases C C Crowded families of cold, black C/B faces Am Cramped inside some cracked old C/B Am boards C/G Am C/G The best that we all could afford F D But still too fine for the rich C landlord to ever tear it down
G And we could hear the sound Bb A Of somethin' burnin' somewhere B G IS ANYBODY THERE? G We all lived the life that made C C/B America famous Am Our cops would make a point to D G shadow us around our town G And we love children put a C C swastika on the bright red C/B firehouse door Am D C America, the beautiful, it makes G a body proud G And then came the night that made C C/B America famous Am C Was it carelessness or someone's D G sick idea of a joke? G In the tinder-box trap we hippies C C C/B lived in someone struck a spark Am At first I thought that I was C/B Am dreamin' C/G Am Then I saw the first flames C/G gleamin' F D And heard the sound of children screamin' C G Comin' through the smoke Bb A And somethin's burnin' somewhere B G DOES ANYBODY CARE? G Oh, it was the fire that made C C/B America famous Am The sirens wailed and the firemen D G stumbled sleepin' from their homes G And when the plumber yelled, "C'mon, let's go!" C They saw what was burnin' and C C/B said, "Take it slow" Am "Let 'em sweat a little" D "They'll never know" C "And besides, we just cleaned the chrome" N.C. G Said the plumber, "Then I'm goin' alone" G Well he rolled on up in the fire truck Am And raised the ladder to the ledge C C/B While me and my girl and a couple Am of kids were clinging like bats to D the edge G We staggered to salvation C C C/B Collapsed on the street Am D And I never thought that a fat man's face C G Would ever look so sweet G I shook his hand in the scene that C C/B made America famous Am And he smiled from the heart that D G made America great G We spent the rest of that night in C the home of this man that we'd C C/B never known before Am D It's funny; when you get that C G close, it's kind of hard to hate G I went to sleep with the hope that C C/B made America famous Am C I had the kind of a dream that D maybe they're still trying to teach G in school G O' the America that made America C C/B famous Am And of the people who just might C/B Am understand C/G Am C/G That how together, yes we can F Create a country better than D The one we have made of this land F We have the choice F To make each man D Who dares to dream D Reachin' out his hand C A prophet or just a crazy damn G dreamer or a fraud C G Yes, a crazy fraud Bb A and somethin's burnin' somewhere B G DOES ANYBODY CARE? G IS ANYBODY THERE? G IS ANYBODY THERE?????
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