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KEEPING THE FAITH - Billy Joel

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Transcribed by Dan Morris (dmorris@cs.stanford.edu)

 

For most of the verse, the guitar is playing D with a hammer-on

to G every measure :

 

|-----------------------------|

|--7-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-7h8--7-x-x-|

|--7-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-7----7-x-x-|

|--7-x-7-x-x-7-x-x-7h9--7-x-x-|

|--5-x-5-x-x-5-x-x------------|

|-----------------------------|

 

--- verse ---

 

[D]

If it seems like I've been lost in let's remember

[D]

If you think I'm feeling older and missing my younger days

[G]

Oh, then you should have known me much better

[G]

Cause my past is something that never

[D]

Got in my way oh no

 

[D]

Still I would not be here now if I never had the hunger

[D]

And I'm not ashamed to say the wild boys were my friends

[G]

Cause I never felt the desire 'til their music set me on fire

 

--- chorus ---

 

[A6] [G]

And then I was saved, yeah

[A6]

that's why I'm keeping the faith

[G]

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

[D]

Keeping the faith

 

--- verse ---

 

We wore matador boots

Only Flagg Brothers had them with the Cuban heel

Iridescent socks with the same color shirt

And a tight pair of chinos

I put on my shark skin jacket

You know the kind with the velvet collar

And ditty-bop shades

I took a fresh pack of Luckies

And a mint called Sen-Sen

My old man's Trojans

And his Old Spice after shave

Combed my hair in a pompadour

Like the rest of the Romeos wore

 

--- chorus ---

 

A permanent wave yeah

We were keeping the faith

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Keeping the faith

 

--- bridge ---

 

[A] [G] [D]

You can get just so much from a good thing

[A] [G] [D]

You can linger too long in your dreams

[A] [G] [D]

Say goodbye to the oldies but goodies

[Em7]

Cause the good old days weren't always good

[A7]

And tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems

 

--- verse ---

 

Learned stickball as a formal education

Lost a lot of fights nut it taught me how to lose O.K.

I heard about sex but not enough

I found you could dance and still look tough anyway

I found out a man ain't just being macho

Ate an awful lot of late night drive-in food drank a lot of take-home pay

I thought I was the Duke of Earl when I made it with a red-haired girl

 

--- chorus ---

 

In a Chevrolet

We were keeping the faith

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Keeping the faith

 

--- solo ---

 

[A][G][D]

[A][G][D]

[A][G][D]

 

[Em7]

You know the good old days weren't always good

[A7]

And tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems

 

--- last verse ---

 

[D]

Now I told you my reasons for the whole revival

Now I'm going outside to have an ice cold beer in the shade

[G]

I'm going to listen to my 45's, ain't it wonderful to be alive

 

[A6] [G]

When the rock 'n' roll plays Yeah

[A6] [G]

When the memory stays Yeah

[A6]

I'm keeping the faith

[G]

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

[D]

Keeping the faith...

 

 

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