Harry Chapin - Coreys Coming Guitar Chords

Harry Chapin

folk, folk rock, mellow gold, singer-songwriter

Song versions: 1 2
Chords: D, C/D, Am, C, G, A(9), Em, A, A7sus4, A7, Bm, F#m, Cmaj7, Fmaj7, A7sus, Em7, Asus4, Dm, Dm/E, Dm/C, Gm, A#6/F, Em7b5, A7sus2, F#M
Corey's Coming (short version)

Words and Music by Harry Chapin


(capo 5th fret)

D - C/D - Am - C  - G - A(9)

 D
Old John Joseph was a man with two first names
     Em                  A                   G      Em     A7sus4 - A7
They left him in the railroad yard when they took away the trains
         D                           
And only one run a week comes on roarin' down that line
   Em              A             G     D
So all he's got to worry about is time


  Em              A7        Bm                    F#m
I come by in the evening to hear 'bout where he's been
   Em               Cmaj7    Fmaj7          A7
He says come on sit down kid where shall I begin
           Em            A7               Bm            F#m
He starts telling me the stories and the glories of his past
        Em              Cmaj7        Fmaj7         A7sus - A7
But he always saves the story of his Corey for the last


                D                       Em
And he says, my Corey's coming, no more sad stories coming
   A                                    G        Em        A7sus4 - A7
My midnight, moonlight, morning glory's coming aren't you girl?
    D                         Em7
And like I told you, when she holds you
    A                     D
She enfolds you in her world


D - C/D - Am - C - G - A


D
I was quite surprised to find out all the places that he knew
Em                A               G   Em       A7sus - A7
So I asked the town's folk if his stories were true
           D
Well they said old John was born here, he's lived here all his life
Em                 A    G    Em     D
He's never had a woman, let alone a wife
Em                   A7       Bm           F#m
And very soon you'll find out as you check around
      Em          Cmaj7        Fmaj7          A7
That no one named Corey's ever lived in this town
  Em             A                 Bm               F#m
I chided the the old man about the truth that I had heard
        Em               Cmaj7     Fmaj7         Asus4 - A7
Well he smiled and said reality is only just a word


                 D                       Em
Can't you see my Corey's coming, no more sad stories coming
   A                                    G      Em          A
My midnight, moonlight, morning glory's coming aren't you girl?
     D                        Em
And like I told you, when she holds you
     A                  Dm
She enfolds you in her world


                Dm/E         Dm/C            DmaddG
I came by one evening but he did not hear my shout
Gm              A#6/F        Em7b5            A7addG
I looked in the window and I saw the fire was out
Dm                Dm/E       Dm/C         DmaddG
When he would not wake up I forced in the door
      Gm                   A#6/F       Em7b5        A7addG
And I found that old John Joseph would tell stories........ no more


     Dm            Dm/E          Dm/C            DmaddG    
The scene at the graveyard just three of us were there
Gm                A#6/F    Em7b5              A7addG
Me and the grave digger we heard the parson's prayer
N.C.
He said we need not grieve for this man
                       D
For we know that God cares


D
They put the cold dirt over him and left me on my own
Em             A               G     Em   A7sus4 - A7
When at last I looked up I saw I was not alone
     D
So I said if you're a relative he had a peaceful end
                 Em             A7sus4 - A7 - A7sus2  - A7
That's when she said my name is Corey, 
        G        Em      D
You can say I'm just a friend


D                       Em
Corey's coming, no more sad stories coming
   A                                      G     Em        A7sus4 - A7 - A7sus2 - A7
My midnight, moonlight, morning glory's coming aren't you girl?
    D                         Em
And like I told you, when she holds you
       A                D     C/D - Am - C - G - A
She enfolds you in her world


    D
So that's the old man's story, I'm glad you came tonight
           Em             A7                 G       Em     A7sus4 - A7
You see a busted down old railroad yard sure makes a lonely sight
        D
You may wonder why a young man would work out here alone
         Em         A7                 G    Em      D
Well the job pays enough to keep some flesh on my bones


      Em         A7            Bm            F#M
And I confess I get to missing the old man a bit
            Em        Cmaj7    Fmaj7         A7sus4 - A7 - Em7 - A7
And there's one other reason I guess I could admit


                 D                       Em
Can't you see my Corey's coming, no more sad stories coming
   A                                    G        Em       A7sus4 - A7
My midnight, moonlight, morning glory's coming aren't you girl?
    D                         Em
And like he told me, when she holds me
      A        Em7 A  D      C/D - Am - D
She enfolds me in her world

(Long Version Extension)


D - C/D - Am - C - G - A


        D
I was quite surprised to find out all the places that he knew
Em                A               G     Em  Asus4 - A7
So I asked the townfolk if his stories were true
      D 
They said Old John was born here, he's lived here all his life
Em               A     G   Em      D
He never had a woman, let alone a wife


     Em               A7       Bm             F#m
And very soon you'll find out, as you check around
     Em           Cmaj7        Fmaj7          A7
That no one named Corey's ever lived in this town
   Em           A7                 Bm               F#m
So I chided the old man about the truth that I had heard
     Em             Cmaj7     Fmaj7       A7sus4 - A7
He smiled and said reality is only just a word


                    D                     Em
Can't you see, my Corey's coming, no more sad stories coming
   A                                    G        Em        A7sus4 - A7
My midnight, moonlight, morning glory's coming aren't you girl?
    D                         Em7
And like I told you, when she holds you
     A                  Dm
She enfolds you in her world


                Dm/E         Dm/C            DmaddG
I came by one evening but he did not hear my shout
Gm              A#6/F        Em7b5            A7addG
I looked in the window and I saw the fire was out
Dm                Dm/E       Dm/C         DmaddG
When he would not wake up I forced in the door
      Gm                   A#6/F       Em7b5        A7addG
And I found that old John Joseph would tell stories........ no more


     Dm            Dm/E          Dm/C            DmaddG    
The scene at the graveyard just three of us were there
Gm                A#6/F    Em7b5              A7addG
Me and the grave digger we heard the parson's prayer
N.C.
He said we need not grieve for this man

                       D
For we know that God cares

D
They put the cold dirt over him and left me on my own
Em             A               G     Em   A7sus4 - A7
When at last I looked up I saw I was not alone
   D                  
Standing there in silence, with a shawl around her head
         Em             G         G      Em       D
Was a beautiful young woman, I remember what she said


               Em     A      Em - A
Is that John Joseph there?
A                 D
I nodded my head yes
                A              A7sus4 - A7 - A7sus2 - A7
That brought a soft smile from her
               G      A7        D
She said it's time he got some rest


      D
So I said if you're a relative he had a peaceful end
                  Em             A7sus4 - A7 - A7sus2 - A7
That's when she said my name is Corey
           G       A7      D
You could say I'm just a friend


  D                     Em
Corey's coming, no more sad stories coming
   A                                    G        Em       A7sus4 - A7
My midnight, moonlight, morning glory's coming aren't you girl?
    D                         Em7
And like I told you, when she holds you
    A                     D
She enfolds you in her world


D - C/D - Am - C - G - A

    D 
So that's the old man's story, I'm glad you came tonight
            Em               A7                G      Em    A7sus4 - A7
You see a busted down old railroad yard sure makes a lonely site
          D
You may wonder why a young man would work out here alone
    Em          A                  G   Em      D
The job pays enough to keep some flesh on my bones


    Em          A7             Bm            F#m 
And I confess I get to missing the old man a bit
            Em         Cmaj7   Fmaj7         A7sus4 - A7 - A7sus2 - A7
Yes there's one other reason I guess I could admit


  D                     Em
Corey's coming, no more sad stories coming
   A                                    G        Em       A7sus4 - A7
My midnight, moonlight, morning glory's coming aren't you girl?
    D                          Em7
And like he told me, when she holds you
    A                   D
She enfolds me in her world


D - C/D - Am - D

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