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20th Century Man Chords
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From: Harlan L Thompson 

20TH CENTURY MAN- The Kinks

A A A(move A shape from down a fret back) A D D A E E 

 A (riff 2x)           A D G D G D A (riff 2x)

 A                                              E
This is the age of machinery, a mechanical nightmare
  A                         
A wonderful world of technology
 D                 G        D        A  (riff)
Napalm, hydrogen bomb, biological warfare
 A                                            E
This is the twentieth century, too much aggrevation
  A       
It's the age of insanity
  D                      G              D          A (riff)
What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jeruselem?
 A                G G A                    G G
Ain't got no ambition, I'm just disillusioned
       D      (no chord)                                         A(riff)
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want, don't wanna be here

A    D G D G D A (riff)

A                              G  G#  A
My momma says she can't understand me
                  E
Can't see me motivation
 A
Just give me some security
          D                G             D      A (riff)
I'm a paranoid schitzoid product of the 20th century
 A                                G G# A
You keep all your smart modern writers
                   E
Give me William Shakesphere
 A
You keep all your smart modern painters
 D                    G        D           A (riff)
I'll take Rembrant, Titian, DeVinci and Gainsborough

 A                         G G# A                         G
Girl, we gotta get out of here,  we gotta find a solution
        D         (no chord)                                     A(riff)
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want, don't wanna die here
 A                        G G# A                             G
Well, we gotta get outta here,  we've gotta find a solution
       D    (no chord)                                            A
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want, don't wanna be here

BRIDGE:
        Em                A5      Em             G G/F# Em
I was born in a welfare state, ruled by bureaucracy
    D                   Am          C      C/B       A5
Controlled by civil servants and people dressed in grey
 A5         Am  A5          G G/F# Em
Got no privacy, got no liberty
          D                  A5            C   C/B     A     (riff)
Cos the twentieth century people took it all away from me

RIFF #2 FOUR TIMES


A (no chord)                    G D A
Don't wanna get myself shot down
(no chord)                      G D A
By some trigger happy policeman
(no chord)                      G D 
Gotta keep a hold of my sanity
         D        F      C          G          A
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna die here

RIFF #2 FOUR TIMES

(no chord)                  G  D  A
My mama says she can't understand me
 (no chord)             G  D  A
Can't see my motivation
 (no chord)           G D
Ain't got no security
          D        F     C          G           A
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna die here

RIFF #2 (repeat ...)

I don't want twentieth century man, I don't want twentieth century man
I don't want twentieth century man, I don't want twentieth century man
A                           G D A
This is the twentieth century
                      G D A
Too much aggrevation
                          G D
This is the age of insanity
          D        F     C         G           A
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna be here


RIFF:
    'A' chord
----------------------------
-------------------3-3-3-2--
-------------------2-2-2-2--   repeat
-------------------4-4-4-2--
----0-5p0-5p0---0-----------
--------------0-------------

RIFF #2:
  A           G      G/F#    Em
------------------------------------
----3-3-2---------0------0----------
----2-2-2---------0------0----------
----4-4-2---0---0------0------0-----
--0-------0-------------------------
--------------3------2------0-------

NOTE: Pick notes on the bridge, strum all other times.  The riffs are 
approximate, to give the general idea.  The bridge has been altered a bit 
to make it sound better for guitar.  This is the way the song goes in my 
mind.
(from Muswell Hilbillies, 1971)
(sent by Harlan at [email protected])




 
 
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About the artist behind 20th Century Man Chords:

The Kinks were an English pop/rock group formed in 1963, and categorised as a British Invasion band, along with the other members of the so-called Big Four (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who). Despite being less commercially successful than these three contemporaries, mostly because of a four-year ban from the United States in the mid-to-late 1960s, the Kinks are cited among them as one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time and have 12 top 40 hits in America.[1]

The band's early hard-driving singles set a standard in the mid-1960s for rock and roll, while albums such as Face to Face,[2] Something Else, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur and Muswell Hillbillies are highly regarded by fans, critics, and peers, and are considered amongst the most influential recordings of the era.[3]

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