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(@b_morenz)
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Mary Jane's Last Dance by Tom Petty

(Am)She grew up in an Indiana (G)town
Had a good lookin' (D) mama who never was (Am) around

(The rest of the verses have the same chord progression)

But she grew up tall and she grew up right
With them Indiana boys on an Indiana night

Then she moved down here at the age of 18
She blew the boys away, was more than they'd seen
I was introduced and we both started groovin'
She said, "I dig you baby but I got to keep movin'"
...on, keep movin' on

Chorus
(Em)Last dance with Mary Jane
One more time to kill the (A)pain
(Em) I feel summer creepin' in and I'm
Tired of this town (A) again (G)

Well, I don't know but I've been told
If you never slow down, you never grow old
I'm tired of screwing up, I'm tired of goin' down
I'm tired of myself, I'm tired of this town

Oh my my, oh hell yes
Honey, put on that party dress
Buy me a drink, sing me a song
Take me as I come 'cause I can't stay long

Chorus
There's pigeons down in Market Square
She's standin' in her underwear
Lookin' down from a hotel room
And nightfall will be comin' soon

Oh my my, oh hell yes
You've got to put on that party dress
It was too cold to cry when I woke up alone
I hit my last number, I walked to the road

Chorus

Chords

Am x02210, occasionaly add a g note x02213
G 320003
D xx0232
Em 022000
A x02220

Strum Pattern

Intro and Verse

Am G D Am

I'm pretty sure the song is in 2/4 time. The first time you hit the Am each time you do the progression, leave your index finger off the b string and then hammer it on when you bring your pick back up. I use this strum pattern.

Am G
1 and 2 and 1 and 2 and 1 and 2 and 1 and 2 and 1 and 2 and
D (H) D u X u X D u X u X

D Am
1 and 2 and 1 and 2 and 1 and 2 and
D u X u X D d u

X's are muted strums, d's are down strums and u's are up strums. The (H) is the hammer on. Put extra emphasis on the capital D's.

Then repeat. Everyone once in a while I think he adds his pinky on the 3rd fret of the 1st string when he plays the second down stroke of the Am before the G.

That's it for the intro and verses. For the chorus, I just try to keep that same rhythm going for the Em and A.


   
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(@falcon1)
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Thanks! I have always liked this song...looks good :)


   
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(@rodders)
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Good one b_morenz! nice addition to the ESD.

I've always liked most things by Tom Petty, shame he doesn't produce on a more frequent basis and he doesn't seem to get much air-play over here in the UK

Thanks,

Rod. :wink:

Be excellent to each other & party on dudes!
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(@rodders)
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Check this out b_morenz http://www.midi-tab.com/new_files/Tom_Petty-Mary_Janes_Last_Dance.mid

Be excellent to each other & party on dudes!
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=686668


   
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(@wes-inman)
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Yep, this is a great one. I love Tom Petty.

Thanks a bunch! :D

If you know something better than Rock and Roll, I'd like to hear it - Jerry Lee Lewis


   
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(@rparker)
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Thanks man. Great tune.

Roy
"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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(@jonetoe)
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Nice one to try...thanks


   
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(@nirvgas)
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I'm pretty sure the song is in 2/4 time. The first time you hit the Am each time you do the progression, leave your index finger off the b string and then hammer it on when you bring your pick back up. I use this strum pattern.

Yup, that's a classic. I find that hammering-on all three notes of the first Am works best, though. :wink:

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Rake it up to take it in
Wrap me in your cinnamon
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(@b_morenz)
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You're probably right nirvgas thanks for the tip. I'm definately still an amateur to figuring songs out by ear. I'm glad you guys liked this one and that i could contribute to this great website.


   
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