Lyrics/chords to "Saturday Gigs"

Saturday Gigs

(Ian Hunter)

This is Mike Poskitt's interpretation of the lyrics and chords after listening to the original studio recording by Mott The Hoople.

Piano intro: (starts with the note C, an octave above middle C. 
The dots after the note indicate its length, and a comma is 
equivalent to half a dot. The notes in small letters are very quick!): 

C.... E.  D. C.  B.  B,  C,  A.... cdE. D.  C.  B.  B,  C,  C..  F.  cdE, G,  C..  D,  E,  D....

(Chords - the note after the slash is the bass note, so G/B is a G chord with B bass note. 
See how the bass notes move down the scale during the verse: C B A G# F E D then to G 
for the G7 chord. It sounds good on the piano, anyway!)


C              G/B
Sixty-nine was cheapo wine,

Am
Have a good time,

E7/G#
What's your sign?

F               C/E
Float up to the Roundhouse

     Dm7              G7
On a Sunday afternoon.

   C          G/B
In Seventy we all agreed

  Am                       E7/G#
A King's Road flat was the place to be

       F                     G7                    C       G7
'Cause Chelsea girls are the best in the world for company.

   C                   G/B
In Seventy-one all the people come,

Am                        E7/G#
Bust a few seats but it's just in fun

F                      C/E
Take the mick out of  "Top of the Pops"

Dm7                 G7
We play better than they do (yeah, yeah, yeah)


   C                G/B
In Seventy-two was "Born to Lose"     
      
   Am                       E7/G#
We slipped down stakes into yesterday's news

      F
I was ready to quit

    G
But then we went to Croydon

   C                Em/B
Do you remember the Saturday gigs?

F/A    G7
We do, we do

   C                Em/B
Do you remember the Saturday gigs?

F/A    G7
We do, we do

    C               E7           Am                   Dm  
The tickets for the fantasy were twelve and six a time

  Em    F
A fairy tale......... on sale


solo:  C   G/B   Am   E7/G#   F   G7

    C                   G/B
Oh, Seventy-three was a jamboree

Am                        E7/G#
We were the dudes and the dudes were we.(oh oh oh oh oh)

    F                         C/E                 Dm7              G7             
Did you see the suits and the platform boots? (oh dear, oh gawd, oh my, oh my, oh my...)

   C                   G/B 
In Seventy-four on the Broadway tour

   Am                        E7/G#
We didn't much like dressing up no more

      F                  G
Don't wanna be hip - but thanks for a great trip.

   C                Em/B
Do you remember the Saturday gigs?

F/A    G7
We do, we do
   C                Em/B
Do you remember the Saturday gigs?

F/A    G7
We do, we do

    C                  E7                          
But now the kids pay a couple of quid

            Am                   Dm 
'Cause they need it just the same

     Em    F
It's all a game.....

A grown-up game

(interlude)

    C                    Em/B
But you got off on those Saturday gigs

F/A         G7
And we did, we did

       C                    Em/B
'Cause you got off on those Saturday gigs

    F/A     G7
And we did, we did

    C                   Em/B
And we got off on those Saturday gigs

    F/A      G7
And you did, you did

    C                   Em/B
And we got off on those Saturday gigs

       F/A      G7
'Cause you did, you did

Disclaimer

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Credits

Transcribed by Mike Poskitt

Joe emailed me to say: "I've got some corrections for the chords of Saturday Gigs. I'm a professional guitarist and also, I've watched Andy York and Ian play them from 5 feet away! Also, it includes some of the variations on the album. Not too complicated."

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