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Carnival of Sound / "Hawaii" Chords
« on: September 18, 2016, 01:54:21 PM »
I've always loved this song, and finally got myself a copy of the very rare 45 last week.  I took some time to figure out the chords, and I thought I'd share it with any fellow musicians out there.  The amount of key changes in this song is absolutely crazy/brilliant, and the middle section that sounds more minor than major is an absolute highlight.  I see that Jill Gibson shares a writing credit with Jan... considering the rather unusual musical structure of "It's As Easy As 123", I see a common thread here.  Love it!

HAWAII
(Jan Berry - Jill Gibson)

F#                 Ab                           C#          Ab
Hawaii's got two or three of my good years

C#                                                Ab
Hawaii is where I'm goin' from L.A.
C#                                                Ab
Hawaii Is the place I'd rather stay
C#                                            F#
The summer's vacation to the sea
C#                                   B               Ab
I'll hop a plane that will fly just for me

F#                 Ab                           C#           A
Hawaii's got two or three of my good years

D                                                     A
Hawaii is where I left my girlfriend
D                                                   A
Hawaii I'll find her at South Bend
D                                              G
Together the island we will see
             D                   C                   A
Riding 'round on our new motorcycle
G                   A                                      D
Hawaii's got two or three of my good years

G                               
I'll grab my surfboard, make it to the sand
Bm                 
Take the waves, no matter how I land
C                                              Dm   E
Following wherever they will lead me
Am               
Radios blarin', people do love how
Bm
KPOI's always playin' music now
C                                     A       Bb
Rock 'n Roll blastin' all around me

Eb                                        Bb
Hawaii i'm headin' back to find my life
Eb                                   Bb
Hawaii on our isle of paradise
Eb                                 Ab
In evening the sun will set
Eb                                    C#                                Bb
And we will sleep, then release, and we'll find peace

Ab                Bb                           Eb     Ab
Hawaii's got two or three of my good years
A                  B                              E      A
Hawaii's got two or three of my good years
Bb                C                             F     
Hawaii's got two or three of my good years

F (continue till fade)

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