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Ben Folds Five

Army

 

 

Artist: Ben Folds Five

Song: Army

Album: The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner

 

(see bottom for chords)

 

VERSE 1 (see below for guitar interlude played during verse)

G#

Well I thought about the army

D#m

Dad said, "Son you're fucking high"

C# G#

And I thought, yeah there's a first for everything

 

So I took my old man's advice, three sad semesters

D#m

It was only fifteen grand

C#

spent in bed, I thought about the army

G# C#/F

I dropped out and joined a band instead

 

 

CHORUS (piano solo)

D#m A#m G#maj7

D#m A#m G#maj7

 

 

VERSE 2 (same as verse 1 except for Fm chord)

Grew a moustache and a mullet

Got a job at chick-fillet

Citing artistic differences

the band broke up in May

Fm

And in June reformed without me

And they got a different name

I nuked another grandma's apple pie

And hung my head in shame, no

 

CHORUS (listen to song for the arrangement of the chords)

D#m A#m G#maj7

Been thinking a lot today

 

D#m A#m G#maj7

Been thinking a lot today

 

BRIDGE

F# C# G#

Oh Oh Think I'll write a screenplay

F# C# G#

Oh Oh Think I'll take you to LA

F# C# Cm

Oh Oh Think I'll get it done yesterday

 

(The guitar part played during the bridge goes something like this)

e|------------------------|

b|------------------------| (this followed by triplets of each note heading back down)

g|------------------------| (11-11-11-10-10-10-9-9-9….)

d|------------------------|

a|------------------------|

e|-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-|

 

PIANO SOLO (listen to song for arrangement of chords)

Fm7 Cm Fm7 Cm

A#7 D#7 G# G#maj7

Fm7 C# C#maj7 Fm/C Fm

 

GUITAR SOLO (played along with G# D#m C# G# chords)

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

b|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

g|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

d|---6-------6s10---8-------8s13---11-------11s15---13---11---10---8---6-|

a|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

HORN INTERLUDE ("")

G# D#m C# G#

G# D#m C# G#

 

VERSE 3 (same chords as previous verse)

In this time of introspection

On the eve of my election

I say to my reflection

God please spare me more rejection

'Cause my peers, they criticize me

And my ex-wives all despise me

Try to put it all behind me

But my redneck past is nipping at my heels

 

CHORUS (same as previous chorus)

 

ENDING

F#maj7

I thought about

A# G#maj7

the army

 

 

CHORDS (these are all the chords used in the song. There are a lot but you basically just need G#, D#m and C# for the main parts of the song)

 

 

G# 466544

D#m X68876

C# X46664

C#/F X46464

A#m X13321

G#maj7 XX6543

Fm 133111

F# 244322

Cm X35543

Fm7 131111

A#7 X13131

D#7 X68686

C#maj7 XX(11)(10)98

F#maj7 XX4321

A# X13331

 

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