Graduate Blues

I wrote this song went I moved to Singapore last summer to do my PhD at NUS. This is a classic 12-bar blues progression. The letters in brackets refer to the guitar chords. The blues was composed in the key of E, but can be played in other keys of course.

Disclaimer: all political references in the song are for fun purpose and are not to be taken seriously.

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Intro

Verse I

(E) I live on the campus of NUS
(E) I came here to study political jazz
(A) Politics here, politics there
(E) Theoretical debates everywhere
(H) It’s hot in the city (A)
(E) But I don’t care (H)

(E) Because I like to read, to write and discuss
(E) And make presentations in front of the class
(A) And just between you and me
(E) I need to read sixty books for QE (!)
(H) But it’s OK because I’ve got my (A)
(E) Ecstasy (H)

Chorus

(E) It is graduate blues
(E) Ah-ah, graduate blues
(A) Yea-a-h, graduate blues
(E) M-m-m, graduate blues
(H) And it feels right as long as goes (A)
(E) Graduate blues (H)

Verse II

(E) So in four years I’ll get my PhD
(E) And all politicians can consult with me
(A) Watch out Obama, I’ll throw you a banana
(E) And if you don’t like it – sweet home, Alabama
(H) And don’t you smile, President Putin (A)
(E) Political theory kills better than shooting (H)

Chorus

(E) I know because I have graduate blues
(E) Ah-ah, graduate blues
(A) Yea-a-h, graduate blues
(E) M-m-m, graduate blues
(H) And it feels cool as long as goes (A)
(E) Graduate blues (H)

Guitar intermission

Verse III

(E) Oh maybe I should stay away from politics?
(E) Don’t wanna spend the rest of my live in mental clinics
(A) I’d rather become a real big Prof
(E) Giving lectures that knock people off
(H) In any case I’ve got nothing to lose (A)
(E) Because I’ve got you and this graduate blues (H)

Chorus

(E) We’ve got graduate blues
(E) We sing graduate blues
(A) We dance graduate blues
(E) We live graduate blues
(H) And you’ve got nothing to lose (A)
(E) With graduate blues! (H)

Outro

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