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Joe's Garage
(Frank Zappa)
Lyrics taken from the Frank Zappa Lyrics site
Music transcribed by: Scott Holcomb
E
   It wasn't very large
          A                   B
There was just enough room to cram the drums
       E
In the corner over by the Dodge
         A                 B
It was a fifty-four with a mashed up door
      E
And a cheesy little amp
       A                       B
With a sign on the front said "Fender Champ"
      E
And a second-hand guitar
         A                   C#     B
It was a Stratocaster with a whammy bar

G > A (x4)

         E
We could jam in Joe's Garage
    A                       B
His mama was screamin', his dad was mad
       E
We was playin' the same old song
       A            B
In the afternoon 'n sometimes we would
E
Play it all night long
       A               B
It was all we knew, 'n easy, too
      E
So we wouldn't get it wrong
A              B
All we did was bend the string like

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|---7(b9)-7--7(b9)-7--7(b9)-7---|
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Hey!
Down in Joe's Garage
We didn't have no dope or LSD
But a coupla quartsa beer
Would fix it so the intonation
Would not offend yer ear
And the same old chords goin' over 'n over
Became a symphony
We could play it again 'n again 'n again
'Cause it sounded good to me

We could jam in Joe's Garage
His mama was screamin', "TURN IT DOWN!"
We was playin' the same old song
In the afternoon 'n sometimes we would
Play it all night long
It was all we knew, 'n easy too
So we wouldn't get it wrong
Even if you played it on a saxophone

We thought we was pretty good
We talked about keepin' the band together
'N we figured that we should
'Cause about this time we was gettin' the eye
From the girls in the neighborhood
They'd all come over 'n dance around like

So we picked out a stupid name
Had some cards printed up for a coupla bucks
'N we was on our way to fame
Got matching suits 'n Beatle Boots
'N a sign on the back of the car
'N we was ready to work in a GO-GO Bar

People seemed to like our song
They got up 'n danced 'n made a lotta noise
An' it wasn't 'fore very long
A guy from a company we can't name
Said we oughta take his pen
'N sign on the line for a real good time
But he didn't tell us when
These "good times" would be somethin' that was really happenin'
So the band broke up
An' it looks like we will never play again

a capella
Guess you only get one chance in life
To play a song that goes like

Well, the years was rollin' by
Heavy Metal 'n Glitter Rock
Had caught the public eye
Snotty boys with lipstick on was really flyin' high
'N then they got that Disco thing
'N New Wave came along 'n all of a sudden I thought the time
Had come for that old song
We used to play in "Joe's Garage"
And if I am not wrong
You will soon be dancin' to the

I said the years was rollin' by, yeah
The years was rollin' by


added:11/28/2001

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