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CUTTING THE PAST DOWN TO SIZE

WORDS & MUSIC:   Earl P. Reinhalter


The intro and verses are in 7/4 time (played as 3/4 + 4/4).
The chorus and instrumental sections are in 4/4.


         INTRO:  A - B - G  (twice)


             A-B-G              A     B
             I.  Madison Avenue ghost
                 G                       A      B
                 colors the girls I have known.
                 G                         A     B
                 they're singing La Vie En Rose.
                 G                         A       B   G
                 paper sun shines on their throne.


                 C           Dm            Am         G
      CHORUS A:  yesterday's love won't permit cloudy skies.
                     C        Dm            C             G
                 but people I meet all have rain in their eyes.
                 C          Bb          F            G      Bb - F - E - E7
                 and so I'm cutting the past down to size.  (strums)


                 /// REPEAT INTRO ///


             A-B-G                          A       B
            II.  new friends are just human beings
                 G                      A     B
                 under a Mount Rushmore past.
                 G                        A     B
                 I'm tearing down scaffoldings,
                 G                           A       B   G
                 finally stopped mending the cracks.


                 C           Dm            Am         G
      CHORUS B:  yesterday's love won't permit cloudy skies.
                     C        Dm            C             G
                 but people I meet all have rain in their eyes.
                 C          Bb          F            G      Bb - F - G
                 and so I'm cutting the past down to size.  (strums)
                 Bb          F            E     E7
                 cutting the past down to size.    (cut it down!)


                 /// REPEAT INTRO ///


  INSTRUMENTAL:  C - Dm - Am - G
 (like chorus)   C - Dm - C - G
                 C - Bb - F - G
                 Bb - F - G       \
                 Bb - F - G        > strums
                 Bb - F - E - E7  /


             A-B-G                    A     B
           III.  whenever love goes away,
                 G                          A      B
                 feels like it won't come again.
                 G                   A     B
                 instead of dying, I say:
                 G                      A       B   G
                 "non, je ne regrette rien."


                 C           Dm            Am         G
      CHORUS C:  yesterday's love won't permit cloudy skies.
                     C        Dm            C             G
                 but people I meet all have rain in their eyes.
                 C          Bb          F            G      Bb - F - G
                 and so I'm cutting the past down to size,  (strums)
                 Bb          F            G
                 cutting the past down to size,
                 Bb          F            E     E7
                 cutting the past down to size.    (cut it down!)


                 /// REPEAT INSTRUMENTAL ///


                 /// REPEAT INTRO ///

© Copyright 1986 Earl P. Reinhalter.   All Rights Reserved.

 





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