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Pink Houses - John Mellencamp (4/4 - Capo 2nd fret)
Introduction and Riff: G G C G F C G G F C G G _ _ _ | | | | | | | e|-------3-3---3-3-| B|-------3-3---3-3-| G|-------0-0---0-0-| 2 times D|-----0-0-0---2-0-| A|-------2-2---3-2-| E|-0h3---3-3-----3-| G G G G There's a black man with a black cat living in a black neighborhood. G G He's got an interstate running through his front yard, F C G G You know he thinks he's got it so good G G G G And there's a woman in the kitchen cleaning up the evening's slop, F And he looks at her and says, "Hey darlin' C G G I can remember when you could stop a clock." Chorus: C G Oh but ain't that America for you and me. C G Ain't that America. We're something to see baby. C D Aint that America. Home of the free, yeah, D C C Little pink houses for you and me, for you and me Riff Well there's a young man in a tee-shirt listening to a rockin' roll station. He's got greasy hair and a greasy smile he says, "Lord this must be my destination." Cause they told me when I was younger, "Boy you're gonna be president." But just like everything else those old crazy dreams just kinda came and went. Chorus Riff Well there's people and more people what do they know, Know, know. Go to work in some high rise and vacation down at the Gulf of Mexico. And there's winners and there's losers, But they aint no big deal, Because the simple man baby pays for the thrills, the bills, the pills that kill. Chorus Riff
Recorded in a farmhouse in Brownstown, Indiana, the song was inspired when Mellencamp was driving along an overpass on the way home to Bloomington, Indiana from the Indianapolis airport. There was an old black man sitting outside his little pink shotgun house with his cat in his arms, completely unperturbed by the traffic speeding along the highway in his front yard. "He waved, and I waved back," Mellencamp said in an interview with Rolling Stone. "That's how 'Pink Houses' started.
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