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Outside of a Small Circle of Friends

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Outside of a Small Circle of Friends

Outside of a Small Circle of Friends
(Phil Ochs)
C                   D               C
D
Look outside the window, there's a woman being grabbed
         C                 Em         F                G
They've dragged her to the bushes and now she's being stabbed
E                                Am
Maybe we should call the cops and try to stop the pain
      F         Am               Dm                G
But Monopoly is so much fun, I'd hate to blow the game
        C                Am       Eb
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Cm        F
Outside of a small circle of friends.

Riding down the highway, yes, my back is getting stiff
Thirteen cars are piled up, they're hanging on a cliff.
Maybe we should pull them back with our towing chain
But we gotta move and we might get sued and it looks like it's gonna rain
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends.

Sweating in the ghetto with the colored and the poor
The rats have joined the babies who are sleeping on the floor
Now wouldn't it be a riot if they really blew their tops?
But they got too much already and besides we got the cops
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends.

Oh there's a dirty paper using sex to make a sale
The Supreme Court was so upset, they sent him off to jail.
Maybe we should help the fiend and take away his fine. (*)
But we're busy reading Playboy and the Sunday New York Times
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends

Smoking marihuana is more fun than drinking beer,
But a friend of ours was captured and they gave him thirty years
Maybe we should raise our voices, ask somebody why
But demonstrations are a drag, besides we're much too high
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends

Oh look outside the window, there's a woman being grabbed
They've dragged her to the bushes and now she's being stabbed
Maybe we should call the cops and try to stop the pain
But Monopoly is so much fun, I'd hate to blow the game
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends

[ Additional verse, 1974 ]
Down in Santiago where they took away our mines
We cut off all their money so they robbed the storehouse blind
Now maybe we should ask some questions, maybe shed a tear
But I bet you a copper penny, it cannot happen here
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends
Notes:

Chords supplied by ao555@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Rocky Bivens)

* This line is often misquoted as follows:
""Maybe we should take a stand and send the fiend a fine""
This compleatly reverses the meaning of the verse and the intent
of the song. However on There and Now - Live in Vancouver 1968,
Phil himself sings it this way, although, this is probably
accidental as he also forgot a portion of the previous verse
in that performance.

The first verse is a commentary on the murder of Kitty Genovese.
She was murdered March 14th, 1964 in NYC, while 38 neighbors looked
on without either helping or calling for the police.

RB
APR99
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