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13 Apr 2013

Town Called Malice - The Jam - Ukulele Chords

Love this song, and if you get a good driving rhythm going it works well on the ukulele. Town Called Malice by the Jam.


This is actually a step down from the original key which is in D. We play it like that for a couple of reasons - the natural key is a little high for me to sing, but also the Riff on the C is easier to do that way rather than doing it with a D. If you want to play the original key, the chord changes are as follows

C = D
Em = F#m
F = G
G = A
Bm = Db
Am = Bm

In this key though - that C Riff - its a case of strumming a normal C, but then in time with the change in the organ on the original track, slide your finger up the A string to the 7th fret while still strumming.


[C] x 2 (with riff)

Better [Em] stop dreaming of the quiet life
Cos it's the [Dm] one we'll never know
And [Em] quit running for that runaway bus
Cos those [Dm] rosy days are few

And [F] stop apologising
For [Em] things you've never done
Cause [G] time is short and life is cruel
But it's up to us to change
This town called [C] malice (riff)

[Em] Rows and rows of disused milk floats
[Dm] stand dying in the dairy yard
And a [Em] hundred lonely housewives
Clutch empty [Dm] milk bottles to their hearts

[F] Hanging out their old love letters
[Em] on the lines to dry
It's [G] enough to make you stop believing
When tears come fast and furious
In this town called [C] malice (riff}

[Em] Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba
[Dm] Ba ba ba ba ba
[Em] Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba
[Dm] Ba ba ba ba ba

[F] Struggle after struggle, year after year
The [G] atmosphere's a fine blend of ice
I'm almost stone cold dead
In this town called [C] malice (riff)

A [Bm] whole street's belief
In [Am] Sunday's roast beef
Gets [Bm] dashed against the [Am] Co-Op
To either [G] cut down on beer, or the kids new gear
It's a big decision in a town called malice [C] (riff)
Ooooh yeah!

[Em] The ghost of a steam train
[Dm] Echoes down my track
It's at the [Em] moment bound for nowhere
[Dm] Just going round and round

[F] Playground kids and creaking swings
Lost [Em] laughter in the breeze
I could go [G] on for hours and I probably will
But I'd sooner put some joy back  in this town called [C] malice (riff)

This town called malice
This town called malice
This town called malice

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