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artist: Ben Folds Five

song: The Last Polka

album: Ben Folds Five

transc.: Brent Ritchey (mxpx281@hotmail.com)

 

(most all of the chords are backed by an obvious

polka "om-pah" rhythm, hence the title. So most

bass notes should be played in fifths on every 1st

and 3rd beat. Dm would be D-A-D-A, Gm would be

G-D-G-D, etc. A7#5#9 is voiced: C#-F-G-C)

 

INTRO

(pound)

Dm Gm Dm /D /D /E /F /G /A /Bb /B /C

Dm Gm /F /E Dm

 

VERSE 1

Dm Gm Dm

Well, she crept back in the house at half past three.

Dm Gm Dm

Shook her head to see him snoring in his sleep.

Dm Em F F#dim Gm Gm7

"If he really loved me," she said,

Am A7b9 Dm

"I wouldn't have to be so mean."

 

/D Dm/- Am7 Dm/- Gm7 F/A Dm/C

/D Dm/- Am7 Dm/C /D Dm Am7 Dm/-

/D Dm/- Am7 Dm/- Gm7 F/A Dm/C

/D Dm/- Am7 Dm/C /D Dm

 

VERSE 2

Am7 Dm Gm

He's a heap of junk that pours from his

Dm C/A Dm Am7 Dm/-

Top drawer.

He sometimes likes to spread it out around the floor.

It's evidence of what he was like.

He likes to remember when.

 

Dm C#+ F/C Dm/B

 

CHORUS

Bb

Sha la la, sha la li lo li,

C F F Gm7 F/A

The end is growing near.

Bb C

And we're treading water now and

C F F Gm7 F/A

Holding back our tears.

Bb

And the day is rising.

C Dm /C

We're sinking sha la li lo li.

 

Bdim7 A Dm A/C# Dm F F# G (pound)

 

INTERLUDE

/Bb Am/- Am/F Am/Bb F/- F F/A Dm/-

/Bb Am/- Am/F Am/Bb F/- F F/A Dm/-

/D Am/- Am Am/D F/- F F/C Dm/-

/D Am/- Am Am/D F/- Csus4 /C Dm/-

/Bb Am/- Am/F Am/Bb F/- F F/A Dm/-

/Bb Am/- Am/F Am/Bb F/- F/Bb /A Dm/-

/G Bb/- /G Bb/- /G Bb/- /G Bb/-

/A C/- /A Am7 A7

 

VERSE 3

In a minute it will all be coming down.

And they know it now, but no one makes a sound.

It's such a shame to ruin this bright, lazy sunny day.

 

CHORUS

Sha la la, sha la li lo li, the end is growing near.

And we're treading water now and holding back our tears.

And the day is rising, we're sinking, sha la li lo li.

 

Bdim7 A Bdim7 Dm A/C# Dm F F# G

 

BRIDGE

Bbmaj7(add2) A/C# Dm

My my, the cruelest lies are often told

A/C# Dm

Without a word.

Bbmaj7(add2) A/C#

My my, the kindest truths are

Dm A/C# Dm A/C# Dm A7#5#9 Gm7

of- ten spoke, but ne- ver heard.

 

INTERLUDE

(pound) /Bb Am/- Am/F Am/Bb F/- F F/A Dm/-

/Bb Am/- Am/F Am/Bb F/- F F/A Dm/-

/D Am/- Am Am/D F/- F F/C Dm/-

/D Am/- Am Am/D F/- Csus4 /C Dm/-

Am/Bb Am/F Am/Bb Am/F Am/Bb Gm7 Am7 A7

 

VERSE 4

She said, "You've been pushing me like I was a sore tooth.

You can't respect me 'cause I've done so much for you."

He said, "Well I hate that it's come to this,

But baby I was doing fine,

Dm C#+

How do you think that I survived

F/C Dm/B

The other twenty-five before you?"

 

CHORUS

Sha la la, sha la li lo li, the end is growing near.

And we're treading water now and holding back our tears.

And the day is rising, we're sinking, sha la li lo li.

 

G7 F# G Bdim7 Bbdim Bdim Dm7 C#m Dm F6sus4 Edim Fb5

G7 F# G Bdim7 Bbdim Bdim Dm7 C#m Dm F6sus4 Edim Fb5

G7 F# G Dm Dsus2 Dm F

Da da da da, yeah!

 

OUTRO

/Bb Am/- Am/F Am/Bb F/- F F/- Dm/-

/Bb Am/- Am/F Am/Bb F/- F F/- Dm/-

/D Am/- Am Am/D F/- F F/C Dm/-

/D Am/- Am Am/D F/- Dm/C

Am/Bb /Bb Am/F Am/Bb F/- F F/A Dm/-

/Bb Am/- Am/F Am/Bb F/- F/Bb /A Dm/-

/D Am/- Am Am/D F/- F F/C Dm/-

/D Am/- Am Ddim Dm Dm/C Am

Dm7/Bb

 

 

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