Chords for "Oklahoma U.S.A."

Oklahoma U.S.A. 

Written by: Raymond Douglas Davies 
Published by: Davray Music Ltd. 

Transcribed by Ian Grant

Note: I have repeated the A chord, but it is really a bit more detailed than
that. The A acts as a pedal note for the melody  which implies the chords A D E
A. These are not explicitly played, except, at times, by the piano,
accordian/mouth organ. The melody tones played on or around the A bass are A, B,
C#, E, F#, A. The predominant stuff on the static A chords, as I have written
them, is an appeggio of the chord A(add9). I play the piano, not the guitar, but
I found that with my neanderthal guitar playing, alternating between A and
A(add9) sounds sweet on those parts. For further reference to the accompaniment,
listen to the song.

Another crucial point in the song that is sooo scrummy, understated and
underexploited, is the G in the melody on 'revolution' (see *). This tone
implies the dom7 of A and the minor3rd of E and is brilliant, and only happens
once- so don't miss it - or don't do as I do and put it everywhere. Enjoy!

All life we work but work is bore, 
If life's for livin' what's livin' for, 
She lives in a house that's near decay, 
A                             *   A  D  E
Built for the industrial revolution, 

A          D              E   A
But in her dreams she is far away, 
In Oklahoma U.S.A. 
With Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae, 
As she buys her paper at the corner shop, 
A                                                A  D  E 
She's walkin' on the surrey with the fringe on top, 

A          D             E    A
Cos in her dreams she is far away, 
In Oklahoma U.S.A., 
    D                       A          E
She walks to work but she's still in a daze, 
      D                A     E
She's Rita Hayworth or Doris Day, 
    F#m                 E (bass) B
And Errol Flynn's gonna take her away, 
D      E        A
To Oklahoma U.S.A., 

All life we work but work is a bore, 

If life's for livin' then what's livin' for. 

Soft arpeggios on A(add9) and the progression
A  D  E  A

From: Paul Date: February 27, 2005 I was playing along to the chords to Oklahoma USA and noticed the part "but in her dreams she is far away" didn't sound right! I then adapted your "A D E A" to "A F#m E A" Hope this is help to you
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