Steve Brooks - The Checking Out


CAPO: 2nd Fret



INTRO:  G D Em D C G D Em 
I heard the word this morning, it came as no surprise
     D C D 
You bought a one-way ticket, we could see it in your eyes
         G D Em 
But you left a great impression as you rambled roundabout
 D C G 
In between the checking in and the checking out


                                 D Em 
Now, you would never know me, I watched you from afar
    D C D 
Collecting all your records, picked 'em out on my guitar
       G D Em 
I was just a little jealous of the way you turned a phrase
       D C G 
There wasn't much left over for the rest of us to say


CHORUS:
        D C G 
And if living is to fly, well then, living is to fall
     D C D 
And those who've never fallen, have never lived at all
     G D Em 
You found that fallen angel, that face in every crowd
 D C G 
In between the checking in and the checking out


                                   D Em 
You captured truth and beauty and ugliness and sin
         D C D 
'Til we couldn't tell where one left off and the other one begins
        G D Em 
'Cause truth ain't always pretty and beauty sometimes lies
        D C G 
But we saw them both more clearly when we saw them through your eyes


INSTRUMENTAL:  G D Em D C D G D Em D C G D Em 
We said a prayer for Pancho, now we'll save a prayer for you
 D C D 
Most of us are Lefties, we just do what we must do
    G D Em 
We find ourselves a hero, we build him up so high
    D C G 
We watch him bite the bullet, then we leave him there to die


CHORUS:
        D C G 
And if living is to fly, well then, living is to fall
     D C D 
And those who've never fallen, have never lived at all
     G D Em 
You found that fallen angel, that face in every crowd
 D C G 
In between the checking in and the checking out


                                        D Em 
Now, when you get to Heaven, won't you say hello to Hank
         D C D 
When he drives up in his Cadillac to take you for a drink
       G D Em 
While back here on the bandstand, we'll raise another round
      D C G 
For another soul forsaken for the sake of the song


CHORUS:
        D C G 
And if living is to fly, well then, living is to fall
     D C D 
And those who've never fallen, have never lived at all
     G D Em 
You found that fallen angel, that face in every crowd
 D C G 
In between the checking in and the checking out
                                   D Em 
And we all are fallen angels, you never left a doubt
 D C G 
In bet
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