Driving Through Mythical America

   Full score now available -- see bottom of page.
                                                      |F  / / / |F  / / / |
Four students in the usual light of day               |F /Bb7 / |A7 / / / |
Set out to speak their minds about the war            |Dm /Db / |Bbm/Db7/ |
Unaware that Eddie Pru was on the way                 |Ab /Gb / |Bb / / / |
Things had to snap before they knew the score         |Ab /Bb / |Eb / / / |
They were driving through mythical America            |Ab / / / |Bb / / / |
                                                      |F  / / / |F  / / / |
   A Rooney-Garland show was in the barn              |Gm7/ / / |Gm6/ / / |
   Fields was at the Pussycat Cafe                    |C9 / / / |Fmaj7/// |
   No-one had even heard of Herman Kahn               |Am7/ / / |B7 / / / |
   And Jersey Joe was eager for the fray              |Em/Fmaj7/|A  / / / |
                                                      | / / / / |
Four students had to take it in their stride          |F /Bb7 / |A7 / / / |
And couldn't feel the road beneath the wheels         |Dm /Db / |Bbm/Db7/ |
Of the car they didn't know they rode inside          |Ab /Gb / |Bb / / / |
Across the set and through the cardboard hills        |Ab /Bb / |Eb / / / |
They were driving through mythical America            |Ab / / / |Bb / / / |
                                                      |F  / / / |F  / / / |
   They sold their Studebaker Golden Hawk             |Gm7/ / / |Gm6/ / / |
   And bought a Nash Ambassador Saloon                |C9 / / / |Fmaj7/// |
   Bogart said "Even the dead can talk"               |Am7/ / / |B7 / / / |
   And suddenly the coats were all raccoon            |Em/Fmaj7/|A  / / / |
                                                      | / / / / |
Four students never knew that this was it             |F /Bb7 / |A7 / / / |
There isn't much a target needs to know               |Dm /Db / |Bbm/Db7/ |
Already Babyface had made the hit                     |Ab /Gb / |Bb / / / |
And Rosebud was up-ended in the snow                  |Ab /Bb / |Eb / / / |
They were driving through mythical America            |Ab / / / |Bb / / / |
                                                      |F  / / / |F  / / / |
   Gatsby floated broken in the pool                  |Gm7/ / / |Gm6/ / / |
   The Kansas City Seven found a groove               |C9 / / / |Fmaj7/// |
   Barrymore and Lombard played the fool              |Am7/ / / |B7 / / / |
   And Cheetah slowly taught John Wayne to move       |Em/Fmaj7/|A  / / / |
                                                      | / / / / |
Four students watched the soldiers load and aim       |F /Bb7 / |A7 / / / |
And never tumbled they were on the spot               |Dm /Db / |Bbm/Db7/ |
Moose Molloy pulled ten years on a frame              |Ab /Gb / |Bb / / / |
The dough was phoney and the car was hot              |Ab /Bb / |Eb / / / |
They were driving through mythical America            |Ab / / / |Bb / / / |
                                                      |F  / / / |F  / / / |
   Henry Ford paid seven bucks a day                  |Gm7/ / / |Gm6/ / / |
   Rockwell did the covers on the Post                |C9 / / / |Fmaj7/// |
   FDR set up the TVA                                 |Am7/ / / |B7 / / / |
   And the stars rode silver trains from coast to     |Em/Fmaj7/|A  / / / |
                                           [coast     | / / / / |
Four students blinked at ordinary skies               |F /Bb7 / |A7 / / / |
But the sunlight came from thousands of motels        |Dm /Db / |Bbm/Db7/ |
A highway through the night was in their eyes         |Ab /Gb / |Bb / / / |
And waiting at the roadblock, Orson Welles            |Ab /Bb / |Eb / / / |
They were driving through mythical America            |Ab / / / |Bb / / / |
                                                      |F  / / / |F  / / / |
   Four students never guessed that they were through |Gm7/ / / |Gm6/ / / |
   Their history had them covered like a gun          |C9 / / / |Fmaj7/// |
   It hit them like a bolt out of the blue            |Am7/ / / |B7 / / / |
   Too quick to grasp and far too late to run         |Em/Fmaj7/|A  / / / |
   They crashed and died together in the sun          |G  / / / |A  / / / |
                                                      |E  / / / |E  / / / |
   They were driving through mythical America         |Ab / / / |Bb / / / |
                                                      |F  / / / |F  / / / |
                                                      |F  / / / |F  / / / |
                                                      |F  / / / |F  / / / |
                                                      |F  / / / |F (fade)||

Our thanks to Dave Bondy for this chord transcription. Dave has also recreated the complete
instrumental score for this song. Download a copy (shift-click) in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
Free Acrobat
PDF Reader
get Acrobat reader

Pete Atkin icon
back to Pete Atkin Discography