Billy Joel - Allentown Guitar Chords

Billy Joel

album rock, classic rock, folk rock, mellow gold

Song versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Chords: Em, C(add9), D, G/B, Gsus4, G, Em7, Asus4, Dsus2, Am7, D7sus4, Gsus2, A, Bm, F#m/A, G6, D/F#, Asus, Dsus4, F/A, C, G/C, Am, D7, F, G/F, Bb/F
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                Allentown - Billy Joel
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Written by: Billy Joel
From: "The Nylon Curtain" (1982)

Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Standard

Listen to this tab: 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/cdly9z0fv3946r7/BillyJoel_Allentown_Demo.mp3

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CHORDS

          E-A-D-G-B-E
C(add9)   x-3-2-0-3-0
Em        x-x-2-0-0-3
G/B       x-2-0-0-3-3
G/B       x-2-0-0-3-x
Gsus4     3-x-0-0-1-3
Em7       0-2-2-0-3-0
Asus4     x-0-2-2-3-0
D         x-x-0-2-3-2
Dsus2     x-x-0-2-3-0
Am7       x-0-2-2-1-3
D7sus4    x-x-0-2-1-3
Gsus2     3-x-0-2-x-3
F#m/A     x-0-4-2-2-2
G6        3-x-0-0-0-0
D/F#      2-x-0-2-3-2
G/C       x-3-0-0-3-x
G/F       1-x-0-0-0-3
Bb/F      1-x-3-3-3-1

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INTRO
          Em                              Em
  C(add9)   D   G/B              C(add9)      D   G/B              C(add9)
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
e|0-0-0-0-3-2---3-|--3-3-3-3-3-3-0-|--0-0-0-3-2---3-|--3-3-3-3-3-3-0-|
B|3-3-3-3-0-3---3-|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|--3-3-3-0-3---3-|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
G|0-0-0-0-0-2---0-|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|--0-0-0-0-2---0-|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
D|2-2-2-2-2-0---0-|--x-x-x-x-x-0-2-|--2-2-2-2-0---0-|--x-x-x-x-x-0-2-|
A|3-3-3-3-------2-|--2-2-2-2-2---3-|--3-3-3-------2-|--2-2-2-2-2---3-|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
         Em        Gsus4
  C(add9)   D      G     G
 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  
e|--0-0-0-3-2-----|3-3-3-3---------|
B|--3-3-3-0-3-----|0-1-1-0---------|
G|--0-0-0-0-2-----|0-0-0-0---------|
D|--2-2-2-2-0-----|0-0-0-0---------|
A|--3-3-3---------|x-x-x-x---------|
E|----------------|3-3-3-3---------|

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INTRO (see above)
| C(add9)  Em D | G/B | C(add9)  Em D | G/B |
| C(add9)  Em D | G Gsus4 G   |


VERSE
           Em7            Asus4 D  Dsus2 D
Well we're living here in Allen-town
            Am7             D7sus4    G  Gsus2 G
And they're closing all the factories down
       Em7               A       Bm
Out in Bethlehem they're killing time
F#m/A       G6     D/F#        Asus4 A
Filling out forms, standing in line

 
VERSE
        Em7                Asus4        D  Dsus2 D
Well our fathers fought the Second World War
            Am7             D7sus4     G  Gsus2 G
Spent their weekends on the Jersey shore
        Em7            A Bm
Met our mothers in the USO
F#m/A         G6     D/F#              Asus  A
Asked them to dance, danced with them slow
          Em7            Asus4    D Dsus4 Dsus2 D (break)
And we're living here in Allentown


BRIDGE
        F/A              G/B     C  G/C  C
But the restlessness was handed down
         Am           D7sus4 D7 | Em G/B | C D |
And it's getting very hard   to stay


INTRO (see above)
| C(add9)  Em D | G/B | C(add9)  Em D | G/B |
| C(add9)  Em D | G Gsus4 G   |


VERSE
           Em7             Asus4 D  Dsus2 D
Well we're waiting here in Allen-town
        Am7          D7sus4   G  Gsus2 G
For the Pennsylvania we never found
        Em7          A         Bm
For the promises our teachers gave
F#m/A        G6    D/F#    Asus4 A
If we worked hard, if we behaved


VERSE
       Em7         Asus4        D  Dsus2 D
So the graduations hang on the wall
         Am7          D7sus4        G  Gsus2 G
But they never really helped us at all
        Em7             A        Bm
No they never taught us what was real
F#m/A    G6    D/F#       Asus4 A
Iron and coke, chromium steel
          Em7             Asus4    D  Dsus2 D (break)
And we're waiting here in Allentown


BRIDGE
            F/A           G/B             C  G/C  C
But they've taken all the coal from the ground
        Am           D7sus4  D7 | Em G/B | C D |
And the union people crawled a-way


INTRO (see above, first half)
| C(add9)  Em D | G/B | C(add9)  Em D | [F]



MIDDLE 8
F             G/F       F
  Every child had a pretty good shot
F                G/F             Bb/F
 To get at least as far as their old man got
F                G/F               F
 But something happened on the way to that place
F               G       C           [Cadd9]
 They threw an American flag in our face


INTRO (see above)
| C(add9)  Em D | G/B | C(add9)  Em D | G/B |
| C(add9)  Em D | G Gsus4 G   |


VERSE (variation)
         Em7            Asus4 D  Dsus2 D
Well I'm living here in Allen-town
         F/A            G/B      C  G/C  C
And it's hard to keep a good man down
      Am               D7sus4 D7 | Em G/B | C D |
But I won't be getting up     to-day


INTRO (see above, first half)
| C(add9)  Em D | G/B | C(add9)  Em D | [F]


MIDDLE 8 (intrumental)
| F G/F | F | F G/F | Bb/F | F G/F | F | F G |2/4 C |
 

CODA (intro and bridge variation)
| C(add9)  Em D | G/B | C(add9)  Em D | G/B |
                                         And it's
| C(add9)    Em   D | Em G/B | C D |
 Getting very hard to stay
                                [down up   down  up]
          Am             D7sus4    G Gsus4 Gsus2 G
And we're living here in Allentown


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