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									    Five O’Clock World                                           -The Vogues

Words and music by Allen Reynolds, 1965; as recorded by The Vogues, released
as a single in 1965 or 1966.

In A, for playability. For singability, consider capo-ing up two frets to B.

                  A              D                      A             G
           1. Up every morning just to keep a job.
                        A            D                            A                G
              Gotta fight my way through the hustlin’ mob.
              A                    D                   A              G
              Sounds of the city poundin’ in my brain,
                           A               D                          A        A7
              While another day goes down the drain.


                                D                G                             D        G
               But it’s a five o’clock world when the whistle blows…
               D                       G                   D       G
               No one owns a piece of my time.
                                        D                G       D                 G
               And there’s a five o’clock me inside my clothes…
               D                            Bm7              E7 D
               Thinking that the world looks fine, yeah...


                            A          G           A     G                A     G A G
               Yodel:      Yodel-ay-ee-hoo-oo-oo-oo-oo…
                            A           G          A     G                A     G A G
                                Yodel-ay-ee-hoo-oo-oo-oo-oo…


                A                  D                A      G
           2. Tradin’ my time for the pay I get,
                            A         D                  A                     G
              Livin’ on the money that I ain’t made yet…
              A                  D                 A         G
              Gotta keep going, gotta make my way,
                        A                  D            A   A7
              But I live for the end of the day…



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                                          D                    G                             D
                  G
                  ‘Cause it’s a five o’clock world when the whistle blows …
                  D                       G                  D         G
                  No one owns a piece of my time.
                                          D               G            D                     G
                  And there’s a long-haired girl who waits, I know,
                       D             Bm7       E7      D
                  To ease my troubled mind, yeah…
                  [Yodel]

                                   A                       D                   A            G
              3. In the shelter of her arms everything’s OK…
                            A                    D             A                       G
                  She talks and the world goes slippin’ away.
                     A             D                   A      G
                  I know the reason I can still go on,
                                       A        D          A     A7
                  When every other reason is gone…

                                         D                G                        D               G
                  ‘Cause in my five o’clock world she waits for me…
                  D                     G              D        G
                  Nothing else matters at all.
                              D         G                  D                       G
                  ‘Cause every time my baby smiles at me,
                     D                     Bm          E7     D
                  I know that it’s all worthwhile, yeah…                               [Yodel to
                  fade…?]
Editor’s notes:

   LYRICS:     From liner notes in Hal Ketchum’s album Past the Point of Rescue. [ ] Did The
              Vogues sing exactly the same lyrics? [ ] Is there a yodel after every verse / chorus pair? [ ]
              Does the song fade out on the last yodel? [ ] Check out original recording on The Drew Carey
              Show.

   CHORDS: My best guess for the progression, set in the key of A because the chords are so
           playable there, and the sound of them (on the guitar) just seems to work for the melody.
           The standard first position varieties sound best, I think. The G chord should be the bright
           one with the d note on 2nd string, third fret.
              For my voice, singability improves by capo-ing up two to B, and even more at up three to
              C, though the yodel gets to be a bit of a strain. One could just play un-capo-ed in C, but
              only at the risk of getting worn out by all of the F and Bb chords.



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            First position chords work out nicely in the key of D, as well: D G and C for the verses, G
            and C (and A7) for the different-each-time-chorus, and D and C for the yodel. This puts
            the yodel up awfully high up in the air, though.

Transcribed by WA, 7-9 March 1997, last revised 18 Dec 97.




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