difficulty level 4Difficulty level 4/5
 

Chords in this song

A# chordBbsus4 chordD# chordDm chordF chord

notes

Alternative (maybe easier) version:
      - Use the transposer to turn the chords 1 half step(s) down.
      - Put a capo on fret 1 (if you want to stay in the same key).

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Intro: BbBb chord Bbsus4Bbsus4 chord BbBb chord
 
       BbBb chord          BbBb chord Bbsus4Bbsus4 chord BbBb chord
As the snow flies
 
 
     BbBb chord                DmDm chord
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin'
  EbEb chord                FF chord
a poor little baby child is born
       BbBb chord
In the ghetto
 
And his mama cries
         BbBb chord                      DmDm chord
cause if there's one thing that she don't need
      EbEb chord             FF chord
It's another hungry mouth to feed
       BbBb chord     BbBb chord Bbsus4Bbsus4 chord BbBb chord
In the ghetto
 
 
                  FF chord
People, don't you understand
                  EbEb chord       BbBb chord
The child needs a helping hand
   EbEb chord                   FF chord                    BbBb chord
Or he'll grow to be an angry young man some day
               FF chord
Take a look at you and me,
           EbEb chord        BbBb chord
Are we too blind to see,
EbEb chord            BbBb chord
Do we simply turn our heads
    EbEb chord              FF chord
And look the other way?
         BbBb chord          BbBb chord Bbsus4Bbsus4 chord BbBb chord
Well the world turns
 
 
      BbBb chord                        DmDm chord
And a hungry little boy with a runny nose
EbEb chord                          FF chord
Plays in the street as the cold wind blows
       BbBb chord
In the ghetto
 
And his hunger burns
 
 
      BbBb chord                  DmDm chord
So he starts to roam the streets at night
       EbEb chord
And he learns how to steal
       FF chord
And he learns how to fight
       BbBb chord     BbBb chord Bbsus4Bbsus4 chord BbBb chord
In the ghetto
 
 
FF chord
Then one night in desperation
  EbEb chord                 BbBb chord
a young man breaks away
   EbEb chord           BbBb chord
He buys a gun, steals a car,
EbEb chord                    FF chord
Tries to run, but he don't get far
        BbBb chord
And his mama cries
 
 
     BbBb chord
As a crowd gathers 'round an angry young man
     EbEb chord                         FF chord
Face down on the street with a gun in his hand
       BbBb chord
In the ghetto
 
As her young man dies
 
 
     BbBb chord                DmDm chord
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin',
 EbEb chord                  FF chord
Another little baby child is born
       BbBb chord
In the ghetto
 
And his mama cries
 
Outro: BbBb chord Bbsus4Bbsus4 chord BbBb chord
This arrangement for the song is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this for private study, scholarship, or research.

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