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                           E7    Am          E7           Am
Downstairs they're playing Kenton, the house set to swing
            E7+9    E7-9      Am          E7*  Am11
I lay in my bed and listen to everything
               E7-9        E7   Am             E7-9     E7    Am
Cause Leo's in rare form tonight, his trombone sings so sweet
            E7+9       E7-9     Am             A
This is the room where they all come to meet

       Dm            A/C# C               G/B
He said "I do what I can,  I live for the moment 
                 Bb9-5 E'                  A   *NB-see below*
and that's who I am,     yeah that's who I am"
Dm             A/C# C                   G/B  
  And isn't it good  if we could freeze moments in time 
       Bb9-5 E'                Am
We all would,  but I do what I can, I do what I can
                E7            E7-9 Am             E7    E7+9 E7-9  Am
Downstairs he's playing Kenton,      the Magnavox sighs
               E7                   Am               E7   Am
But oh how the music has changed in all of our lives
                E7     Am          E7-9 E7 Am6
He says "nobody listens  to modern jazz
               E7+9 E7-9     Am                A
and I'll never have     what those guys have"

He says "I do what I can, I work for a living
and that's who I am, yeah that's who I am"
And it's good to be alive, but everything's different
Since Leo died, I do what I can

E7-9 E7 Asus4 Am  E7      Asus4 Am

Dm                       Asus4     Am
  Is this the end of the modern world
E7                 Asus4       Am
What could it mean for a young girl
    E7-9     E7   Asus4        Am
Who sees the pain on his face?
   E7               Am
He does what he can
Dm                      Asus4  Am
  The procession on the TV screen
E7              Asus4    Am
  What could it possibly mean
      Dm                  Asus4  Am
For a man who's come this far 
              E7     Asus4  Am
just to turn around

            Dm               Asus4      Am       } these two lines are
Could there still be life in   Kenton's swing    }-played in 4/4 time
         E7                   Asus4   Am         } rather than 6/8
With the Kennedys gone and everything            }
      Dsus4       Dm                Cadd9      C
Those sad rows of houses with their optimistic colours
Dsus4    Dm               Cadd9         C
Democrat grandparents and draft dodging brothers
Bbadd9         Bb         E7sus4              E7
Riots down the street and discontented mothers
              Am   E7*  Am  E7+9  E7-9  Am
We do what we can

    E7               Am       E7             E7+9 E7-9  Am
Downstairs it's quiet - less alive, somehow
        E7                     Am         A
Somehow he was everything that I am now

And he says "I do what I can, I work for a living
And that's who I am, and that's who I am"
But it's good to be alive, and these are the choices
We make to survive - you do what you can

Weird jazzy chord city! I've tried to transcribe an accurate representation 
of most of the chords, but understand that most of the chords for the verse
would have been improvised over the vague guidelines of Am followed by E7.
Note that I have just called all the weird Am chords "Am", so they can be 
played as Am-002210, 577555, or 007555; Asus2-002200; A7sus2-002000, 
Amadd9-577500 or 007500; or Am7add9-575555 or 005500. I have, however, noted
a couple of especially weird ones - Am11-00543x and Am6 002212.
The E type chords are E7-020130, 020100(E'), 076750 or 076707(E*); 
E7+9-07678x; and E7-9 - 07676x.
The chords for the chorus are Dm-xx0231 or x57765; A/C#-x42225 or x42255;
C-x32010; Bb9-5 (my favourite!)-010110; then E7' and Am as shown above.
There is a chord progression in the first two choruses (but not the last)
at the point marked with asterisks - goodness knows what the chords should
be called: A-x07655, ?-x07676, ?-x07565, ?-x05433.
The chords for the bridge ("Is this the end of..") go along these lines


|-7--7--|-7--5--|-4--4--|-7--5--|  etc

The chords for the line "Those sad rows of houses.." onwards are:
Dsus4-xx0233, Dm-xx0231, Cadd9-x32030, C-x32010, Bbadd9-688768, Bb-688766
E7sus4-022435, E7-022434.


The above is solely MY INTERPRETATION of this great song, in a format aimed at learning guitarists.
No attempt has been made to copy or reproduce the artist's or publisher's sheet music for the song, 
if such exists.

It can be used for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. To play the song as it should be played, you should 
purchase the official sheetmusic for the song. You should also purchase and listen to the song to learn 
the rhythm and timing of the song - this is essential if you wish to play the song with any degree of accuracy


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