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You May Be Right - Billy Joel

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Here's the second one from Billy Joel. This one's called "You May Be Right". I often think that Garth Brooks' mega-hit, "Friend In Low Places" was a Country answer to this song. similar chords, and I think I saw 'ol Garth cover it once.

Anyhow, all chords easy except for one barre, and it's not a bad one. Chords are, in no order, A, Bm, E, G, D and F#m. (even easier than the Bm). As far as strum patter is concerned, we're doing the single guitar arrangement thing again. Do whatever you please. If I am on electric, I put on a slight touch of gain and do some short, percussive strums. Kind of build the beat right into it. If you're having a hard time, look at the end of this post for my instant learn the song wrong tips. :lol:

You May Be Right - Billy Joel

INTRO: A (4x)

[A]friday night i crashed your party,
saturday i said i'm sorry
sunday came and trashed me out [E]again.
I was [Bm]only having fun,
wasn't [g]hurting anyone
and we [E]all enjoyed the
weekend for a [A]change.

[A]I've been stranded in the combat zone,
I walked through bedford sty alone
even rode my motorcycle in the [E]rain.
And you [Bm]told me not to drive,
but I [G]made it home alive
so you [E]said that only proves that I'm in[A]sane.

You may be [E]right,
I may be [A]crazy
but it just [E]may be a [D]lunatic you're [F#m]looking for
turn out the [E]light,
don't try to [A]save me
you may be [D]wrong for all I [E]know,
but you may be [A]right.


[A]Remember how I found you there,
alone in your electric chair
I told you dirty jokes until you [E]smiled.
you were [Bm]lonely for a man,
I said [G]take me as I am
cause you [E]might enjoy
some madness for a [A]while.

[A]Now think of all the years you tried
to find some one to satisfy you
I might be as crazy as you [E]say.
if I'm [Bm]crazy then it's true,
that it's [G]all because of you
and you [E]wouldn't want me any other [A]way.


[VERSE] - Instrumental


you m[A]ay be wrong, but you [D]may be [A]right X 6 & fade

Learn The Song Wrong Tips.

#1: Listen to the song a couple of times.
#2: Sing (or whisper silently if you must)
#3: Strum the chord at each place indicated while still singing.
#4: Soon, an urge to strum more than one chord will hit you. Don't resist it. Strum it. Try it out.
#5: Keep going, and whatever your mind tells you to play by staying with the beat or rhythm of the song, do it. Just remember your chord changes.

I've picked up so many songs doing this method. It's not note for note, but note for note would stink in a single guitar arrangement of so many songs. This makes it tollerable for all around. :lol:

"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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I like that song alot. Around 1980 was it? 30 years and still rockin'! 8)

Like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.

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I went to school with the guy that played guitar on that, Dave Brown. Joel never gave him a quarter of a chance to be the guitarist, he was.