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Ballad Of Mott Chords

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(Zurich, March 26th 1972)

Written by Ian Hunter, Overend Watts, Mick Ralphs, Dale "Buffin" Griffin and Verden Allen.

Intro: G       C
       G       C

Verse:

G                   G7
I changed my name in search of fame
    C              G
To find the Midas touch
      Bm            G      G7
Oh I wish I hadn't wanted then
       C
What I want now twice as much
G                           G7
We crossed the mighty oceans
        C           G
And we had a few divides
        Bm          G        G7
But we never crossed emotion
       C               G
For we felt too much inside

Chorus:

D                C
You know all the tales we tell
     Bm               G
You know the band so well
G7          C       D                    G    C     G
But still I feel somehow, we've let you down
D                      C
We went off somewhere on the way
    Bm             G       G7
And now I see we have to pay
    C                   D      C         Bm     Am     G     C
The rock 'n' roll circus is in town

G      C

Verse:

And Buffin lost his child-like dreams
And Mick lost his guitar
And Verden grew a line or two
And Overends' just a rock 'n' roll star
Behind these shades
The vision fades
As I learn a thing or two
And if I had my time again
You all know just what I'd do

Chorus:
D                  C
Rock 'n' rolls' a losers loser's game
    Bm               G     G7
It mesmerises and I can't explain
     C              D                  G      C      G
The reasons for the sights and for the sounds
D                     C
We went off somewhere on the way
    Bm            G       G7
And now I see we have to pay
     C                  D       C    Bm    Am    G    C
The rock 'n' roll circus is in town

G     C

Guitar solo:

G   G7   C   G   Bm   G   G7   C   G
G   G7   C   G   Bm   G   G7   C   G

Chorus:
D                  C
So, Rock 'n' rolls' a losers loser's game
    Bm               G     G7
It mesmerises and I can't explain
     C              D                  G      C      G
The reasons for the sights and for the sounds
    D                         C
The greasepaint still sticks to my face
    Bm                G       G7
So what the hell, I can't erase
     C                    D         C    Bm    Am    G    C
The rock and roll feeling from my mind

C   Bm   Am   G  until the end

Andrew Jones. 2000.
            
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