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Rock and Roll Song - Valdy (3)
 Drop D Tuning - 6/8 Time
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Intro/ Spoken over D Chord:
--------------------------

This is a song of mass rejection. Valdy played in front 
of 5,000 Rock'n'Roll fans and they didn’t like what
he was doing - he was a folk singer.  He was out of
place, but he wrote a good song out of it.

Verse Chords:
------------

    G  Cadd9  Em7  A7sus4  A7
    -  -----  ---  ------  --
e|  3    3     3     0     0
B|  0    3     3     0     0
G|  0    0     0     7     6
D|  0    2     0     5     5
A|  5    3     2     0     0
D|  5    X     2     X     X


Verse 1:
-------

D                     Cadd9
I came into town as a man of renown
  G                      D
A writer of songs about freedom and joy.
D                            Cadd9
A hall had been rented and I was presented
       G                    [--  Lick 1 --]
As the kind of a singer most folks could enjoy.

Lick 1:
------
   D         C             G             D
      _ _     _ _   _ _     _ _   _ _
   | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   |
e|-2-------|---0-0---0-0-|---0-0---0-0-|-2---|
B|-3-------|---3-3---3-3-|---3-3---3-3-|-3---|
G|-2-0h2---|---2-2---2-2-|---0-0---0-0-|-2---|
D|-0-----0-|---0-0---0-0-|---0-0---0-0-|-0---|
A|---------|-3-----3-----|-2-----2-----|-----|
D|---------|-------------|-------------|-----|


Verse 2:
-------

D                            Cadd9
As I climbed up the stair to the stage that was there
       G                        [--  Lick 2 --]        
It was obvious something was missing.

Lick 2:
------
   D
    _ _   _ _
   | | | | | |
e|-2-----5-5---|
B|-3-----5-7---|
G|-2-----6-7---|
D|-0-----------|
A|-------------|
D|-------------|

D                             Cadd9
I could tell by the vibes they wouldn't be bribed
      [G            Em7    ][A7sus4        A7]    
They weren't in the mood to listen......they yelled out


Chorus Chords:
-------------

    G  F#m7  Em  A7sus4  A7
    -  ----  --  ------  --
e|  3    2    0     0     0
B|  0    2    0     3     2
G|  0    2    0     0     0
D|  0    2    0     2     2
A|  5    4    2     0     0
D|  5    4    2     X     X


Chorus 1:
--------

D         Cadd9            [G             F#m7]       [Em   A7sus4   A7]
Play me a rock'n'roll song; don't play me songs about freedom and joy.
D         Cadd9              [Em              A7sus4]  [--  Lick 1 --]
Play me a rock'n'roll song; or don't play me no song at all.

Lick 1: (as above)
------
   D         C             G             D
      _ _     _ _   _ _     _ _   _ _
   | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |   |
e|-2-------|---0-0---0-0-|---0-0---0-0-|-2---|
B|-3-------|---3-3---3-3-|---3-3---3-3-|-3---|
G|-2-0h2---|---2-2---2-2-|---0-0---0-0-|-2---|
D|-0-----0-|---0-0---0-0-|---0-0---0-0-|-0---|
A|---------|-3-----3-----|-2-----2-----|-----|
D|---------|-------------|-------------|-----|


Verse 3:
-------

D                              Cadd9
I played them some songs about peace and contentment,
    G                          [--  Lick 3 --]
And things that I've come to believe in.

Lick 3:
------
   D                   D harmonic  Cadd9
      _ _ _ _ _
   | | | | | | |   |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |
e|-2-------------|---------7-----|--3--------------|
B|-3-------------|---------7-----|--3--------------|
G|-2-------------|---------7-----|--0--------------|
D|-0-------------|---------------|--2--------------|
A|---0-2-0-------|---------------|--3--------------|
D|---------5-4-2-|-0-------------|-----------------|
                 When I..through to a chorus of boos
      [G            Em7    ][A7sus4        A7] 
Some track star yelled thank God he's leaving.


Chorus 2 & 3:
------------

D         Cadd9            [G             F#m7]        [Em   A7sus4   A7]
Play me a rock'n'roll song; I've had it to here with your flowers & beads
D         Cadd9              [Em              A7sus4]       D
Play me a rock'n'roll song; or don't play me no song at all.


D                 Cadd9     [G             F#m7]       [Em   A7sus4   A7]
If I played you a R'n'R song how could it be fair if my head isn't there
        D                   Cadd9        [--  Lick 4 --]           D
So I'll leave you with your R'n'R songs & make my way back to the country

Lick 4:
------
   D
    _ _   _ _ 
   | | | | | |
e|-------------|
B|-------------|
G|-------------|
D|-------------|
A|-------0-2-4-|
D|-2-4-5-------|


Chorus 4 & 5:
------------

D         Cadd9            [G             F#m7]       [Em   A7sus4   A7]
Play me a rock'n'roll song; don't give me music I don't want to hear.
D         Cadd9            [G             F#m7]       [Em   A7sus4   A7]
Play me a rock'n'roll song; I shoulda stayed home with a small case of beer
D         Cadd9              [Em              A7sus4]   D
Play me a rock'n'roll song; or don't play me no song at all.

[-- Lick 5 --] [-- Lick 6 --]

Lick 5:
------
 A7sus4  A7     G     D
    _ _   _ _    _ _   _ _
   | | | | | |  | | | | | |
e|-0-----0----|-0-----2-----|
B|-0-----0----|-3-----3-----|
G|-7-----6----|-4-----2-----|
D|-5-----5----|-0-----0-----|
A|-0----------|-0-----------|
D|------------|-------------|

Lick 6:
------                                D harmonic
    ___ __   _ _     _ _     ___ __ 
   |   |  | | | |   | | |   |   |  |   | | | |
e|-5br(5)---------|------------------|---7-----|
B|-5br(5)p3-------|------------------|---7-----|
G|----------4p2---|------------------|---7-----|
D|--------------3p|-2p0--------------|---7-----|
A|----------------|-----2p0----------|---7-----|
D|----------------|---------2br(2)-0-|---7-----|


*:•..•:*¨¨*:•..•:*¨¨*:•..•:*¨¨*


This is a song of mass rejection. I played in front of 5,000 Rock'n'Roll
fans and they didn’t like what I was doing - I was a Folk singer.  I was 
out of place, but I got a good song out of it.

I came into town as a man of renown
A writer of songs about freedom and joy.
A hall had been rented and I was presented
As the kind of a singer most folks could enjoy.

As I climbed up the stair to the stage that was there  
It was obvious something was missing.
I could tell by the vibes they wouldn't be bribed
They weren't in the mood to listen......they yelled out

Chorus:
Play me a rock'n'roll song; don't play me songs about freedom and joy.
Play me a rock'n'roll song; or don't play me no song at all.

I played them some songs about peace and contentment,
And things that I've come to believe in.
When I was through, to a chorus of 'boos,'
Some track star yelled thank God he's leaving.
        
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Rock and Roll Song - Valdy
Rock and Roll Song

Paul Valdemar Horsdal, CM (born 1 September 1945), commonly known as Valdy, is a Canadian folk and country musician whose solo career began in the early 1970s. He is known for "Rock and Roll Song", his first mainstream single. Valdy is the winner of two Juno Awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year, and has received seven additional Juno nominations. His fourteen albums have achieved sales of nearly half a million copies, four of which are certified gold.

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Adder: Bill Charrette [ willc ]
Date: 9/23/2013
Updated: 6/18/2020
Audio: willc's Music Library
Rated: (3)
Views: 1426
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Genre: Folk