Where Did the Ordinary People Go?

(Moulding)

Recordings
Art
Lyrics
Chords and Tablature
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Recordings

  1. Single version (2'46)
    Released on 6 December 2005 as a download single in the U.S.A.
    Also available on Apple Vinyls.
    Ralph Salmins - drums
  2. Demo version.
    Written and rehearsed for Nonsuch.
    Released on the Blu-ray reissue of Nonsuch on 4 November 2013 in the U.K.
  3. Acoustic rehearsal video version.
    Recorded live at The Shed in 1990, during band rehearsals for Nonsuch.
    Screened at XTC fan conventions.
    Not released.
    Colin - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
    Andy - tambourine, backing vocals
    Dave - acoustic guitar

[Thanks to Gerhard Satke]


Art

#\#a href="http://youtu.be/99xFwh4-bmU" target="churl"#/#“Where Did The Ordinary People Go” live acoustic in the shed#\#/a#/#

“Where Did The Ordinary People Go” live acoustic in the shed

   

Lyrics

This street has changed so much
A line of fortresses, look but don't touch
I'd like to call on my neighbours one day
But their Doberman won't look the other way

There's one thing I'd like to know
Where did the ordinary people go?

In my street I don't know a soul
The walls and fences never have no holes
If I could only be your Peeping Tom
You could complain about my bonfire burning strong

There's one thing I'd like to know
Where did the ordinary people go?
Nod my head and say hello
Where did the ordinary people go?

Money changes everyone
Or so it seems
There's no community spirit anywhere
You may say I'm green

In my street we go by car
The tinted windows never show who you are
If I could see you, I'd complain about the noise
I glance across the fence we both might enjoy

There's one thing I'd like to know
Where did the ordinary people go?
Nod my head and say hello
Where did the ordinary people go?

Where did they go?   
Those ordinary people?   
Where did they go?   
The ordinary people
The ordinary people
The ordinary people

[transcribed by Brookes McKenzie, Turner T. Hayes and John Relph]


Chords and Tablature

Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2009 15:18:30 -0400
From: Robert Harrison <rharri1 (at) kent dot edu>
Subject: Where Did The Ordinary People Go? Chords/Tab
Message-ID: <1daeec750904051218g2d4bf28du9d6daaa6acf7924c (at) mail dot gmail dot com>


Hello Chalkhills,

This is my attempt at Where Did The Ordinary People Go?!  I'll be honest,
I'm not 100% sure on it, I think the F#m in the bridge could be F#m7 and I
can't figure out the very last bit of the outro.  This should be good for
anyone, like me, who just wants to play along to the song though.  I hope
you don't mind, I nicked the transcribed lyrics and set the chords to them
to make it easier for everyone.  They don't match up perfectly, but it
shouldn't take much to catch on.  Thank you Colin Moulding for writing a
brilliant song!  I hope you can download the attachment, it's just a txt.
file.  Cheers!

Best Regards,
Robert Harrison Jr.


Where Did The Ordinary People Go?

Intro:
E   B   D   A
e-----------------------------------|
B-9h10p9--7----------7h8p7--5-------|
G------------8-----------------6----|
D---------------9-----------------7-|
A-----------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------|

Verse Riff:

e------------0-|
B---2--0-----0-|
G-2-------1--1-|
D--------------|
A--------------|
E--------------|

A E D E  A E D A
Verse Riff x 4


A    E          D         E
This street has changed so much
A         E       D         E
A line of fortresses, look but don't touch
A         E       D         E
I'd like to call on my neighbours one day
A         E        D         E
But their Doberman won't look the other way

E           B     D        A
There's one thing I'd like to know
G         D         A       B
Where did the ordinary people go?

A         E       D         E
In my street I don't know a soul
A         E       D         E
The walls and fences never have no holes
A         E       D         E
If I could only be your Peeping Tom
A         E               D         E
You could complain about my bonfire burning strong

E           B     D        A
There's one thing I'd like to know
G         D         A       B
Where did the ordinary people go?
E           B     D        A
Nod my head and say hello
G         D         A       B
Where did the ordinary people go?

A   E   D   E
VR x 2

Amaj7         Bmaj7
Money changes everyone
Gmaj7    F#m7
Or so it seems
Amaj7                Bmaj7
There's no community spirit anywhere
F#m7            B
You may say I'm green

A         E    D      E
In my street we go by car
A         E          D         E
The tinted windows never show who you are
A         E          D         E
If I could see you, I'd complain about the noise
A         E             D         E
I glance across the fence we both might enjoy

E           B         D       A
There's one thing I'd like to know
G         D         A       B
Where did the ordinary people go?
E           B    D  A
Nod my head and say hello
G         D            A      B
Where did the ordinary people go?

A  E    A   E

A          E         A          E
Where did they go?   The ordinary people
A          E           VR A          E
Those ordinary people?   The ordinary people
A          E          A          E
Where did they go?    The ordinary people

E   B   D   A   G  D  A  B  E (? Sorry I can't discern the very last bit!)

e-----------------------------------|
B-9h10p9--7------------7h8p7--5-----|
G-----------8-------------------6---|
D-------------9-------------------7-|
A-----------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------|

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