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Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John

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OK, so this is a piano song mostly. I found and kind of combined a couple of different chord charts I found on line and came up with something I like this week.

It, btw, really seems to work well in the neck position of about any guitar I have. Especially the LP. Adds a bit of muddy tone to it which I think helps out in this single guitar arrangement.

Only barre chords are a Cm twice and a B twice. Not even sure I like the B. I may change it later.
Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John

[G] [C] [G] [C]

[G]When I think of those E[C]ast End li[G]ghts
[C]Muggy nights
[G]The curtains drawn in the li[F]ttle room downstai[C]rs
[F]Prima Donna lord you really sh[G]ould have been there
[F]Sitting like a princess pe[G]rched in her el[C]ectric chair

And it's [Cm]one more beer
And I don't hear you [A7]anymore
We've [C]all gone crazy lately
My fr[A]iends out there rolling round the base[G]ment floor
Ah ah ah ah [D]ah ah ah

[C]And someone saved my li[G]fe tonight sug[Am]ar bear [G]
[C]You almost had your ho[G]oks in me di[Am]dn't you dear
You n[G]early h[C]ad me roped and tied [G]
[C]Altar-bound, hyp[A]notized
Sweet fr[G]eedom whispered in my ear

You're a b[A]utterfly
And b[C]utterflies are free to fly
[A]Fly away, h[G]igh away bye [C]bye
[C]Ooh ooh [G]ooh ooh ooh ooh [Am]ooh [G] [F]


[G]I never realized the pass[C]ing hou[G]rs
[C]Of evening showers
A sl[G]ip noose hanging i[F]n my darkest drea[C]ms
I'm st[F]rangled by your haunted so[G]cial scene

[F]Just a pawn out-pl[G]ayed by a dominating qu[C]een
[Cm]It's four o'clock in the morning
Damn it li[A7]sten to me good
[C]I'm sleeping with myself tonight
[A]Saved in time, thank God my music's still ali[G]ve
Ah ah ah ah[D] ah ah


[Am]And I would have walked head on into the deep[G] end the river
[Em7]Clinging to your stocks and bonds
Paying your H.[C] P. demands forever
[Am]They're coming in the morning with a tr[G]uck to take me home
[Em7]Someone saved my life tonight, some[C]one saved my life tonight
[Em7]Someone saved my life tonight, some[C]one saved my life tonight
[Em7]Someone saved my life tonight
[C]So save your strength and run the field you pl[A]ay alone

[G]Someone saved, someone saved, someone saved my li[C]fe tonight

alternate intro found online.

Intro: G-C-G-C


And no, I can't sing to this. It'll never get performed unless someone else is on vocals. Well, I think not anyhow. Have not really tried to yet at full volume.

"I wonder if a composer ever intentionally composed a piece that was physically impossible to play and stuck it away to be found years later after his death, knowing it would forever drive perfectionist musicians crazy." - George Carlin

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Good one Roy,

One of my favourite EJ songs and well worth a go at.

Yes! I agee with you about singing it. Very hard to phrase and pitch correctly with the melody.

I'll be trying it out at home but not sure about me trying a live version at the local open mic quite yet though.

All the best,


The guitar is all right John but you'll never make a living out of it! (John Lennon's Aunt Mimi)