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From: Little Shop of Horrors

Skid Row
by

ALAN MENKEN

Lyrics by: HOWARD ASHMAN

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SKID ROW
(DOWNTOWN)
Words by Music by
HOWARD ASHMAN ALAN MENKEN
B Gm Dm
Freely x xxo
3 fr.

A - larm goes off at sev - en and you start up - town. You put in your eight ho - urs for the

Cm7 F7 B F/A Gm Cm7


x x xo x
3 fr. 3 fr. 3 fr.

pow-ers that have al - ways been. Till its five P. M.

Medium Rock beat


E /F B F B Dm A
xx x xx x x xo xo o

Then you go down -town where the folks are broke. You go down -town where your
down -town where the cabs dont stop. Down -town where the

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Dm E B E
xxo xx x xx

lifes a joke. You go down - town. When you buy your to - ken you
food is slop. Down - town where the hop - heads flop in the

Gm E /F B F
xx x xx
3 fr.

go. home to skid row.


snow. Down on skid row.

1. 2.
B Gm E /F B
x xx x
3 fr.

(Home to skid row.) Yes, you go

E maj7 Gm
xx 3 fr.

Up - town you ca - ter to a mil - lion jerks. Up - town youre mes - sen - gers and
Up - town you ca - ter to a mil - lion whores. You dis - in - fect ter - raz - zo on their

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Cm
x
3 fr.

mail-room clerks eat - ing all your lunch - es at the hot - dog carts. The
bath-room floors. The morn-ings trib - u - la - tion. Af - ter - noons a curse. And

1. F7 2. E /F
xx

boss - es take your mon - ey and they break your hearts. five o - clock is e - ven worse.

B F B
x xx x

Thats when you go down - town where the guys are drips.

Dm A Dm E B
xxo xo o xxo xx x

Down - town where they rip your slips. Down - town where re -

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E Gm E /F
xx xx
3 fr.

la - tion - ships are no go. Down on skid

B F B Gm Dm7
x xx x xxo
3 fr.

row. Down on skid row.

Gm E B E
xx x xx
3 fr.

Down on skid row. Down on skid

Cm7 E 6/F F7 Gm(add A)


x
3 fr. 3 fr.

row. Poor, all my life

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5
E (addF)
3 fr.

Ive al - ways been poor. I keep ask - ing God what Im

Gm(addA) Dm(addE) Cm7


o x
3 fr. 5 fr. 3 fr.

for, and he tells me, Gee, Im not sure. Sweep

E /F Cm G Cm
xx x ooo x
3 fr. 3 fr.

that floor, kid. Oh, I start - ed life as an or -

Gm Dm Gm Cm G
xxo x ooo
3 fr. 3 fr. 3 fr.

- phan, a child of the street here on skid row.

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Cm Gm C7 5/G
x x
3 fr. 3 fr.

He took me in, gave me shel - ter, a bed, crust of bread and a job.
3

B /F C7/E F7sus4
xx xx

Treats me like dirt. Calls me a slob, which I am.

F7 B
x

So I live down - town. Thats your home ad - dress. You live

Slower

Dm E
xxo xx

down - town when your lifes a mess. You live down - town where de -

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Gm E /F
xx
3 fr.

pres-sions jes sta - tus quo. Down on skid

B F/B B F/B B Dm Dmsus4


sus2
x x x x x x x xxo oo o

row.
Some-one show me a way to get out - a here, cause I con-stant - ly pray

Dm Dm sus4
sus2 Dm E B /E E
x xo oo o xxo xx xx xx

Ill get out - a here. Please, wont some-bod - y say Ill get out - a here.

Gm E /F
xx
3 fr.

Some - one gim - me my shot or Ill rot here.

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8 sus4
B F/B B F/B B Dm Dm sus2
x x x x x x x xxo oo o

Show me how and I will, Ill get out - a here. Ill start climb -in up - hill
Gee, it sure would be swell to get out - a here, bid the gut - ter fare - well

Down - town theres no rules for us. Down - town cause its
down - town where the sun dont shine. Down - town past the

Dm sus4
Dm sus2 Dm E B /E E
x xo oo o xxo xx xx xx

and get out - a here. Some -one tell me I still could get out - a here.
and get out - a here. Id move heav -en and hell to get out - a skid,

dan - ger - ous. Down -town where the rain-bows just a no


bot - tom line. Down -town. Go ask an - y win - o. Hell

1. 2.
Gm E /F Gm
xx
3 fr. 3 fr.

Some-one tell la - dy luck that Im stuck here. Id do I dun - no what

show. When you live know.

accel. to medium tempo

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F7sus4

to get out - a skid, but a hell of a lot to get out - a skid,

Down - town.

peo - ple tell me theres not a way out - a skid, but be - lieve me, Ive got -

Down - town. Down - town.

B F B F B F B
x xx x xx x xx x

- ta get out - a skid row.

Skid row.

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