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Thread #69760   Message #1185975
Posted By: open mike
14-May-04 - 10:30 PM
Thread Name: Chord Req: This Old Town (Janis Ian)
Subject: ADD: THIS OLD TOWN (JANIS IAN)
have you checked here?
http://www.janisian.com/
no chords but here are the lyrics:

THIS OLD TOWN
(Janis Ian/Jon Vezner)

This old town should have burned down in 1929
That's when we stood in line
waiting for our soup while swallowing our pride
This old town should have burned down in 1931
when the rain refused to come
Air filled up our bellies
Dust filled up our lungs
and we thought our time had come

    But this old town was built by hand
    in the dustbowl of the motherland
    There must be rock beneath this sand
    I'll be damned - this town still stands

This old town should have burned down in 1944
when the last man went to war
They came back different
if they came back at all
This old town should have burned down in 1956
That's when the twister hit
and all our hopes lay buried beneath the boards and bricks
and we almost called it bricks

    But this old town was built by hand
    in the dustbowl of the motherland
    There must be rock beneath this sand
    I'll be damned - this town still stands

       Somewhere in the distance
       the city lights do shine
       Sidewalks gleam with neon dreams
       that call from time to time
       When my children's children ask me
       why I didn't go
       I'll say - The heart of any town
       is the people that you've known
       and they always call you home

This old town was built by hand
in the dustbowl of the motherland
There is be rock beneath the sand
I'll be damned - this town still stands

* note from Laurel
I think i have heard Iris Dement and Tom Russell
singing thisd one! I had no idea it was a Janis song!
if you find the chords let us know...I have wanted
to learn this one for a while!!