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Well, this is one of Billy Joel's best songs. Originally on piano, of course, and I'm not sure what key it was written in; I've put it in G.
Verse Chord Pattern 1:
Victor was born the spring of '44
And never saw his father anymore
A child of sacrifice, a child of war
Another son who never had a father after Leningrad
Pattern 1: Went off to school and learned to serve the state Followed the rules and drank his vodka straight The only way to live was drown the hate A Russian life was very sad, and such was life in Leningrad.
Verse Chord Pattern 2:
I was born in '49, a cold war kid in McCarthy time
Stop 'em at the 38th parallel, blast those yellow Reds to Hell
Cold war kids were hard to kill under their desks in an air raid drill
Haven't they heard we won the war
What do they keep on fighting for?
Pattern 1: Victor was sent to some Red Army town Served out his time, became a circus clown The greatest happiness he ever found Was making Russian children glad, and children lived in Leningrad.
Pattern 2: Children lived in Levittown, headed for shelter underground 'Til the Soviets turned their ships around, tore the Cuban missiles down And in that bright October sun we knew our childhood days were done And I watched my friends go off to war What do they keep on fighting for?
Pattern 1: And so my child and I came to this place To meet him eye to eye and face to face He made my daughter laugh, then we embraced We never knew what friends we had until we came to Leningrad.