Harry Chapin - The Rock Guitar Chords

Harry Chapin

folk, folk rock, mellow gold, singer-songwriter

Chords: Em, D, B, C, G, Am
(capo 3rd fret)

     Em                       D
The rock is gonna fall on us, he woke with a start 

       B                       C
And he ran to his mother, the fear dark in his heart 

    Em                         D
He told her of the vision that he was sure he'd seen 

    B                                   C      B        Em
She said: "Go back to sleep son, you're having a bad dream!"


[Silly child...]

G
Everybody knows the rock leans over the town 

D
Everybody knows that it won't tumble to the ground 

C
Remember Chicken Little said the sky was falling down 

     B                              C           B       Em - C - Em
Well nothing ever came of that, the world still whirls around 


     Em                            D
"The rock is gonna fall on us," he stood and told the class

    B                                C
The professor put his chalk down and peered out through his glasses 

    Em                                  D
But he went on and said "I've seen it, high up on the hill

      B                           C    B       Em
If it doesn't fall this year then very soon it will!"


[Crazy boy...]

G
Everybody knows the rock leans over the town 

D
Everybody knows that it won't tumble to the ground 

C
We've more important studies than your fantasies and fears

    B                                            C       B           Em - C - Em
You know that rock's been perched up there for a hundred thousand years


     Em                            D
"The rock is gonna fall on us." He told the magistrates 

   B                                   C
"I believe that we can stop it but the time is getting late 

    Em                                D
You see I've done all the research my plans are all complete."

       B                                     C     B          Em
He was showing them contingencies when they showed him to the street



[Just a madman...]

G
Everybody knows the rock leans over the town 

D
Everybody knows that it won't tumble to the ground 

C
Everybody knows of those who say the end is near 

B                                    C     B     Em
Everybody knows that life goes on as usual round here

(Am 8x's)

   Am                      G
He went up on the mountain beside the giant stone 

     D                           Em
They knew he was insane so they left him all alone 

     Am                          G
He'd given up enlisting help for there was no one else 

    D                              Em
He spent his days devising ways to stop the rock himself 

    Am                                   G
One night while he was working building braces on the ledge 

     D                                B              Em
The ground began to rumble the rock trembled on the edge


     Em                           D
"The rock is going to fall on us! Run or you'll be crushed!" 

     B                            C
And indeed the rock was moving, crumbling all to dust.

        Em                              D
He ran under it with one last hope that he could add a prop 

    B                     C    B          Em
And as he disappeared the rock came to a stop


    Em                             D
The people ran into the street but by then all was still

     B                                 C
The rock seemed where it always was or where it always will be 

      Em                                   D
When someone asked where he had gone they said: "Oh he was daft. 

    B                                 C          B          Em
Who cares about that crazy fool." And then they'd start to laugh


    Am                               G
But high up on the mountain when the wind is hitting it

           D                         B                  Em
If you're watching very closely the rock slips a little bit

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