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  • Society's Child

    Sharon Baird posted on May 18, 2012 13:29

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    [Cm] Come to my [F] door, baby
    [Cm] Face is clean and shining [F] black as night
    [Cm] My mama went to [F] answer you know that you
    [Eb] Looked so [F] fine
    Now [Bb] I could understand your tears & your shame
    [D] She called you boy instead of your name
    [Gm] When she wouldn't let you inside
    [Eb] When she turned and said
    "But honey, he's [F] not [Eb] our [F] kind"

    She says [Am] I can't see you any [D7] more, baby
    [Am] Can't see you any[D7] more

    [Cm] Walk me down to [F] school, baby
    [Cm] Everybody's acting [F] deaf and blind
    [Cm] Until they turn and [F] say
    "Why don't you stick to [Eb] your own [F] kind"
    My [Bb] teachers all laugh, their smirking stares
    [D] Cutting deep down in our affairs
    [Gm] Preachers of equality
    [Eb] Think they believe it
    Then why won't they just [F] let [Eb] us [F] be?

    They say [Am] I can't see you any [D7] more, baby
    [Am] Can't see you any [D7] more

    [Cm] One of these days I'm gonna [F] stop my listening
    [Cm] Gonna raise my head up [F] high
    [Cm] One of these days I'm gonna [F] raise up
    My glistening [Eb] wings and [F][ fly
    But ]Bb[ that day will have to wait for a while
    ]D[ Baby, I'm only society's child
    ]Gm[ When we're older, things may change
    ]Eb[ But for now this is the way they ]F[ must ]Eb[ re ]F[ main
     

    I say ]Am[ I can't see you any ]D7[ more, baby
    ]Am[ Can't see you any ]D7[ more

    No, ]Bb[ I don't want to see you any ]C[ more baby

     

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    Posted in: Individual Songs, June 2012 - FLOWER POWER! (3 Comments)

Comments

Charles de Lint
# Charles de Lint
Sunday, May 20, 2012 1:03 PM
Got this from Chordie. Haven't tried it and I don't know if it's your key, but that can be adjusted.


Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking)
subtitle: Janis Ian (1965)

[Cm]Come to my [F]door, baby
[Cm]Face is clean and shining [F]black as night
[Cm]My mama went to [F]answer you know that you
[Eb]Looked so [F]fine now
[Bb]I could understand the tears & the shame
[D]She called you boy instead of your name
[Gm]When she wouldn't let you inside
[Eb]When she turned and said
[F]"But honey, he's [Eb]not [F]our [F]kind"

She says [Am]I can't see you any [D7]More, baby
[Am]Can't see you any[D7]more no, I [Bb]don't want to see you any[C]more baby

Walk me down to school, baby
Everybody's acting deaf and blind
Until they turn and say
"Why don't you stick to your own kind"
My teachers all laugh, their smirking stares
Cutting deep down in our affairs
Preachers of equality
Think they believe it
Then why won't they just let us be?

They say I can't see you any more, baby
Can't see you any more

One of these days I'm gonna stop my listening
Gonna raise my head up high
One of these days I'm gonna raise up
My glistening wings and fly
But that day will have to wait for a while
Baby, I'm only society's child
When we're older, things may change
But for now this is the way they must remain

I say I can't see you any more, baby
Can't see you any more
No, I don't want to see you any more baby
Charles de Lint
# Charles de Lint
Sunday, May 20, 2012 3:13 PM
Crap made a mistake in transcribing a line. The last line of the verse should be:

[Eb]"But honey, he's [F]not [Eb]our [F]kind"
Sharon Baird
# Sharon Baird
Sunday, May 20, 2012 8:43 PM
Ah! Thank you Charles! this lines up with how she sang it in the video too, so that's great.

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