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"Life"
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album _Damaged Goods_
(Nils Lofgren, 1995)

written by Nils Lofgren/Lou Reed
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        Life's the only mother I know
        gypsy death and fortune are it's motto
        Chance and maturation are the father of gestation
        the whole point of life's I think to grow
        The whole point of life's I think to grow

        Life's the only father I know
        wars recessions depressions I know
        Savage tastes of Hitler and good wines are tasting bitter
        but the only point of life's I think to grow
        Basically you're the only one I know

        Scaled down buildings burning memories that make you
        sit up sick
        Focused tunnel vision only seems to make you sweat
        heck, baby your the only one I know

        Little kids are playin' stickball in the street
        memories that make you sit up sick
        Sitting thinking trying to make things neat and complete
        ah, doesn't work I know

        Jed's in Santa Barbara I know
        Sally's in Chicago with the band
        Richard's in L.A. and I'm feeling well
        and I guess I don't know anything at all
        Baby your the only one I know

        Life's the only mother I know
        Life's the only father I know
        Life's the only mother I know

        Life's the only mother I know



* all the strings downtuned a half-tone

 1d# ----- * downtuned a half-tone (from e to d#)
 2A# ----- * downtuned a half-tone (from B to A#)
 3F# ----- * downtuned a half-tone (from G to F#)
 4C# ----- * downtuned a half-tone (from D to C#)
 5G# ----- * downtuned a half-tone (from A to G#)
 6D# ----- * downtuned a half-tone (from E to D#)



intro             .A}        sax
        {D}{Bm}{G}{D}
        {D}

        {D}{Bm}{G}{D}        (Life's the only mother I know ...)
        {D}{Bm}{D}{F#m}      (Chance and maturation are the ...)
        {G}{D}               (The whole point of life's I think ...)

        {D}

        {D}{Bm}{G}{D}        (Life's the only father I know ...)
        {D}{Bm}{D}{F#m}      (Savage tastes of Hitler and good ...)
        {G}{D}               (Basically you're the only one I know)

        {D}

bridge  {F#m}{F#m}{Bm}{Bm}   (Scaled down buildings burning ...)
        {F#m}{F#m}{G}{G/A}   (Focused tunnel vision only seems ...)

sax     {D}{Bm}{G}{D}        (- know)
        {D}{Bm}{D}{F#m}
        {G}{D}

        {D}{Bm}{G}{D}        (Little kids are playin' stickball ...)
        {D}{Bm}{D}{F#m}      (Sitting thinking trying to make ...)
        {G}{D}

        {D}{Bm}{G}{D}        (Jed's in Santa Barbara I know ...)
        {D}{Bm}{D}{F#m}      (Richard's in L.A. and I'm feeling ...)
        {G}{D}               (Baby your the only one I know)

        {D}

coda    {D}{Bm}{G}{D}        (Oh, wow woh)
        {D}{Bm}{G}{D}        (Oh, oh)
        {D}{Bm}{G}{D}        (Life's the only mother I know)
        {D}{Bm}{G}{D}        (Life's the only father I know)
        {D}{Bm}{G}{D}        (Life's the only mother I know)
        {D}{Bm}{G}{D}        (Ah, wow woh ...)
        {D}{Bm}{G}{D}        (La, la la la ...)
        {D}{Bm}{G}{D}        (Life's the only mother I know)
        {D}{Bm}{G}{D}
        .... fade out




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thanks: Nico Franke (Nfranke@zeelandnet.nl)
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Here is a song written by Lou Reed and Nils Lofgren.
I couldn't find it on ''Lou Reed Guitar archive".
So I thought I'll send it.
You can find the song here:

''Damaged Goods'' by Nils Lofgren (1995 rykodisc)

Life

Life's the only mother I know
gypsy death and fortune are it's motto
chance and maturation are the father of gestation
the whole point of life's I think to grow
the whole point of life's I think to grow

Life's the only father I know
wars recessions depressions I know
savage tastes of Hitler and good wines are tasting bitter
but the only point of life's I think to grow
and basically you're the only one I know

scaled down buildings burning
memories that make you sit up sick
focused tunnel vision only seems to make you sweat
heck
and baby your the only one I know

little kids are playin' stickball in the street
memories that make you sit up sick
sitting thinking trying to make things neat and complete
it doesn't work I know

Jed's in Santa Barbara I know
Sally's in Chicago with the band
Richard's in L.A. and I'm feeling well
and I guess I don't know anything at all
and baby your the only one I know....


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chords transcribed by Shiroh KOUCHI (wildside@mx21.tiki.ne.jp)
http://ww21.tiki.ne.jp/~wildside/
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