Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town

Words & Music:

Stone Gossard, Jeffrey Ament, Eddie Vedder,

Michael McCready & David Abbruzzese


You can find an acoustic arrangement of this in the January 2008 issue of Acoustic Guitar and a full arrangement of this in Guitar World Acoustic.


D Cadd9   G/B            Cadd9  G/B  [etc.]

I seem to recognize your face.

Haunting, familiar, yet I can't seem to place it.

Cannot find the candle of thought to light your name.

Lifetimes are catching up with me.



Cadd9     A              Cadd9    A                 Cadd9

All these changes taking place, I wish I'd seen the place.

    A             Em

But no one's ever taken me.



D          Cadd9         G/B   Cadd9 G/B

Hearts and thoughts they fade, fade away...

Hearts and thoughts they fade, fade away...


I swear I recognize your breath.

Memories like fingerprints are slowly raising.

Me, you wouldn't recall, for I'm not my former.

It's hard when, you're stuck upon the shelf.

I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate.

Perhaps that's what no one wants to see.


I just want to scream, "Hello!"

My God, its been so long, never dreamed you'd return.

But, now, here you are, and here I am>


CHORUS:  [repeat and out]


Cadd9 = x 3 2 0 3 3

G/B   = x 2 0 0 3 3

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