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They Might Be Giants - Istanbul Chords

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Istanbul Chords

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They Might Be Giants
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ISTANBUL (Not Constantinople) [by Jimmy Kennedy & Nat Simon]
[These are the chords I remember from my piano-playing days;       ]
[actually, They Might Be Giants' recording of this song is in F#m, ]
[not Am, but do _you_ want to play it in F#m?  Not me.  If you     ]
[must be accurate, transpose this to Em and capo up two frets.     ]
[The whole song isn't here, but it should be enough so that you    ]
[can figure out the intro and solo yourself.  Oh, and the groovy   ]
[chord at the end is an Am(#7), which is x02110 or x06554.         ]

[Each chord is one measure, except "X - Y" is one measure TOTAL.   ]

Am           Am                       Am            Am
Istanbul was Constantinople, now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
       E7                  E7
Been a long time gone, old Constantinople
         Am   -    Dm         Dm  -   Am
Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night
Am           Am                      Am            Am
Every gal in Constantinople lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople
      E7               E7                        Am    -    E7    Am
So if you've a date in Constantinople, she'll be waiting in Istanbul
     Am      Am       Am             Am
Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Bm7-5               E7           Am                   E7
Why they changed it I can't say, people just liked it better that way
   Am              Am                     Am               Am
So take me back to Constantinople, no you can't go back to Constantinople
         E7            E7                      Am                     Am
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople, why did Constantinople get the works?
       E7                        Am
That's nobody's business but the Turks

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