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Chords and Lyrics for The Happiness Waltz by Josh Rouse

“The Happiness Waltz” by Josh Rouse
title track from the album “The Happiness Waltz”

Eb
Spring, spring, Winter’s sting

Abmaj7
Is gone.
/                       Eb
Tomorrow I’ll be new.

Eb
Salt wind
/                          Abmaj7
Blowin’ through the yard.

/                                           Eb
God knows, I’ve missed you.
Bbm7           Abmaj7             Eb
Happiness waltzed in the room
Bbm7           Abmaj7             Eb
Postcards of where she’s been too
Bbm7           Abmaj7             Eb
Smiling and singing a tune
Bbm7
A swansong
Bbm7           Abmaj7             Eb
Happiness waltzed out the room

(A Musical Interlude over the Verse Chords)

Bbm     Fm7          Abmaj7
Let me into your      world
Bbm7                 Fm7    Abmaj7     Bbsus2
Show me your magic hear-            -eart!
Bbm7           Abmaj7             Eb
Happiness waltzed in the room
Bbm7           Abmaj7                  Eb
Postcards of where she’s been to.
Bbm7           Abmaj7                 Eb
Smiling with pearls on her shoes.
/    Bbm7
A swan song.
Bbm7           Abmaj7             Eb
Happiness waltzed out the room.

Chords and Lyrics for Julie (Come Out of the Rain) by Josh Rouse

JulieChordsYou capo the 4th fret to play these chords. Here’s a diagram of the chord voicings in this photo to the right. I included, at the bottom of the page, a video of him playing it live where I was able to catch the chords. For whatever reason, I couldn’t get them right by ear, and you’d almost think the video below wouldn’t help you because 90% of the time either it’s just a shot of Josh’s head or some audience dude’s head’s in the way! And really, now that I watch it again, it’s only towards the end, at about the 2:00 minute mark, after the solo, that you can get a decent look at his left hand, and that’s where I picked it up. Here’s a link to a PDF you can download:

JulieComeOutoftheRain (1)

Ebm
It’s cold in San Francisco
Ab       Abm
It’s California gray.
Ebm
One night on Telegraph Hill,
Ab              Abm
we kept the wolves at bay.
F#
I wrote you a long letter
Abm
Some things you can’t explain
B                            Ebm
Julie, come out of the rain
Abm
It’s cold and I can’t wait forever
B                               Ebm
Julie, if you want me to stay
Abm
Why don’t you show it?
Ebm
I called a taxi for ya’.
Ab                Abm
Your raincoat it was blue.
Ebm
Outside the wind was talkin’
Ab         Abm
of how I fell for you.
F#
You left your cigarettes and
Abm
a dozen other things
B                            Ebm
Julie, come out of the rain
Abm
It’s cold and I can’t wait forever
B                               Ebm
Julie, if you want me to stay
Abm
Why don’t you show it?
F#                       Abm
Gimme a smile and say,
A#m            B
Everything’s ok.
                 Ebm       Abm
Oh, oh, it’s California gray
Ebm         B
Oh, oh, it’s California gray..
(Musical interlude over the chords
of the previous Chorus)
Ebm
It’s cold in San Francisco.
Ab       Abm
It’s California gray.
Ebm
One night on Telegraph Hill,
Ab              Abm
we kept the wolves at bay.
B                             Ebm
Julie, come out of the rain
Abm
It’s cold and I can’t wait forever.
B                                Ebm
Julie, if you want me to stay
Abm
Why don’t you show it?
F#                       Abm
Gimme a smile and say,
A#m            B
Everything’s ok.
F#                         Abm
Look in my eyes and say
A#m            B
Everything’s ok…
Ebm       Abm
Oh, oh, it’s California gray
Ebm          B
Oh, oh, it’s California gray..

 

Here’s a cover version I did a couple weeks ago. Maybe I should have just aimed the camera at the fretboard, but I think you can probably see the chords pretty well as it is:

Michigan

I recently made two different covers of the Josh Rouse song, “Michigan.” The first I made on the iPad with Garageband. I played the Spanish guitar and sang into the the little pinhole microphone. Then I added some “smart” instruments, bass, drums. So this one is done basically in “click” time, but I still think it came out sounding pretty good, considering the circumstances.

The second was done with more Professional mics and into Logic Pro on an iMac. I basically just played a steel acoustic and sang at the same time, no overdubs or click track. So it’s live and more natural.

So, two different sounds with the same song, but I kind of like them both for different reasons.

Now, if I could only do some of my own songs!

Suburban Sweetheart

Cover of the Josh Rouse tune “Suburban Sweetheart” I did on logic.

 

“Suburban Sweeheart” Lyrics by Josh Rouse

Got a gift, hesitate
Never make the same mistakes
If you could only see the person
If you could only reach the man yeah

We could move back to the suburbs
Rent a house, change our name
If you could only find a purpose
If you could only stay the same yeah

Sweetheart
Sweetheart
Sweetheart
I could help you open and unfurl

Shut up and listen
Shut up, you talk too much
You’re my source for inspiration
You’re my hopes for retire

I plan a trip, get away
Never make the same mistakes
If you could only be a person
If I could only be a man

Sweetheart
Sweetheart
Sweetheart
I could help you open and unfurl
And unfurl
And unfurl

My First New iPad 1080p Video

Well, except I cut my head off, but I guess you can see the guitar clearly! If you have enough bandwidth you can select the HD option for viewing, although Youtube apparently just supports 720p? I thought it went up to 1080p. Did I really shot this in 1080 or is that something you have to select on the new iPad? I’m performing “Kuzbass” by Josh Rouse. I guess I should print the lyrics because I couldn’t find them anywhere on the internet.

 

Kuzbass – Josh Rouse – Lyrics

I got so tired
didn’t have the heart to say
Woke up side my skin and
Couldn’t find the cap to slap back in
Couldn’t see past
Pretending that I’m ok
Cuz I got so tired

I could walk a thousand miles
Never see your soul and aim for north
I could walk a thousand miles
All that remains is on that track
Like the cold
Cold from the Kuzbass…

I’ve killed memories of people we know
Got a lot of things I
Things I would like to show
But I know that it’s wrong and
Cuz things seem very cold
Out here where it’s older

I could walk a thousand miles
Never see your soul and aim for north
I could walk a thousand miles
Disappear into the black
I could walk a thousand miles
Never see a soul and aim for north
I could walk a thousand miles
All that remains is on that track
Like the cold
Cold from the Kuzbass…
Cold from the Kuzbass…