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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#


                 TERRI CLARK  --  BETTER THINGS TO DO

Written by Terri Clark, Tom Shapiro, and Chris Waters.
Copyright 1995, Great Cumberland Music/Diamond Struck Music/Tom Shapiro
Music/Sony Tree Publishing.
>From Terri Clark's self-titled debut CD - 1995 Mercury-Nashville/Polygram.


***Key of Bb.  Capo 3rd fret and play in key of G.***


Intro:   |G         |

|G                |                  |            |
Don't tell me the reason that you're callin'
      |C             |                    |G           |
Is to see if I'm all right since you been gone,
      |D             |                |G          |
Cause I know you and I know why we're talkin';
              |C            |              |D            |
You're wantin me to say I'm barely hangin' on.
      |C             |D       |C             |D
Well, maybe that was true,    for a night or two,
    |C            |D               |G     |
But now, I've got better things to do.      ...I could:

       |C          |          |               |          |G
        ...Wash my car in the rain, change my new guitar strings;
                   |G            |          |         |C
           Mow the yard just the same, as I did yesterday.
                   |C               |G    |           |D      |
           I don't need to waste my time, crying over you;
       |C           |D               |G      |      |       |
        ...I've got better things to do.

|G           |                  |         |
Maybe when I don't have so much goin'
   |C            |            |G       |
Or quite so many irons in the fire,
     |C               |                    |G         |
I'll take the time to miss you like you're hoping,
          |C                  |           |D        |
But now I can't put forth the effort it requires.
    |C              |D               |C           |D
I'd love to talk to you,    but then I'd miss Donahue.
       |C              |D               |G     |
That's right, I've got better things to do.      ...I could: 

       |C          |          |               |          |G
        ...Wash my car in the rain, change my new guitar strings;
                   |G            |          |         |C
           Mow the yard just the same, as I did yesterday.
                   |C               |G    |           |D      |
           I don't need to waste my time, crying over you;
       |C           |D
        ...I've got better things to...

           |C             |C        |                 |         |G
           do.  Check the air in my tires, straighten my stereo wires,
                     |G           |               |          |C
           Count the stars in the sky or just get on with my life
                   |C               |G    |           |D      |
           I don't need to waste my time, crying over you;
       |C           |D               |G
        ...I've got better things to do.
       |C           |D               |G     |      |      |
        ...I've got better things to do.

*********************************************************
The rhythm played with the right hand is a standard country shuffle, but the
left hand bounces between variations of the chords in the chart above.  Here
are examples of how you can play it:

|1&2&3&4& ||        |1&2&3&4& |1&2&3&4& ||
|\ \/ \/\ ||   or   |\ \/ \/\ |\ \/ \/\ ||
|  *   ** ||        |  *   *  |  *      ||

\ is a downstrum, / is an upstrum, * is point where you hit the variant chord.
It's not a rigid pattern, just bounce between chords whatever feels natural
to you.

I can't decipher all the chord variations Terri plays,
but here are the basics which will get you through the song:

Where it says G, bounce between these fingerings:
320003 - G major
302003 - G major 6th add the 9th (no fifth with this fingering)
(Your middle finger is bouncing between the 2nd and 3rd strings)

Where it says C, bounce between these fingerings:
x32013 - C major
x30213 - C major 6th add the 9th (no fifth with this fingering)
(Similar to the G variation, but now your middle finger is bouncing between
the 3rd and 4th strings.  The pinky on the 6th string/3rd fret is optional,
but Terri plays it that way on the video and it's already there for the
G chords anyway.)

Where it says D, bounce between these fingerings:
xxo232 - D major
xxo432 - D major 6th (also happens to be Bm/D)
(Just hold the D pattern and bounce your pinky off the
3rd string/4th fret.  You can add an open fifth string if you like.)



If you want to get even fancier, I know Terri starts some of the bars with a
G6/E (020003 - this also happens to be an Em7) on the first beat, followed
by the G6+9 on the second beat.  You could extrapolate from that and assume
that some of the bars start with C6/A (x02013 - which is also an Am7) and
D6/B (x24232 - aka Bm7), but don't blame me if your fingers start bleeding
from trying to play it.


If you're at a loss to figure out where all your fingers are going, here are
the charts.  I've based this mostly on how Terri plays it in the video, but
I can't see any of her D chords.  I, M, R, and P, stand for index, middle,
ring, and pinky fingers.

       G               G6/E             G6+9

   1 2 3 4 5 6      1 2 3 4 5 6      1 2 3 4 5 6
1 |- - - - - -|    |- - - - - -|    |- - - - - -|
2 |- M - - - -|    |- M - - - -|    |- - M - - -|
3 |R - - - - P|    |- - - - - P|    |R - - - - P|
4 |- - - - - -|    |- - - - - -|    |- - - - - -|
   g b d g b g      e b d g b g      g a e g b g 


       C               C6/A             C6+9

   1 2 3 4 5 6      1 2 3 4 5 6      1 2 3 4 5 6
1 |x - - - I -|    |x - - - I -|    |x - - - I -| 
2 |x - M - - -|    |x - M - - -|    |x - - M - -| 
3 |x R - - - P|    |x - - - - P|    |x R - - - P|
4 |x - - - - -|    |x - - - - -|    |x - - - - -|
     c e g c g        a e g c g        c d a c g

Pinky on 6/3 is optional.  You can play the 6th string open.


       D               D6/B              D6

   1 2 3 4 5 6      1 2 3 4 5 6      1 2 3 4 5 6
1 |x - - - - -|    |x - - - - -|    |x - - - - -|
2 |x - - I - M|    |x I I I I I|    |x - - I - M|
3 |x - - - R -|    |x - - - M -|    |x - - - R -|
4 |x - - - - -|    |x - R - - -|    |x - - P - -|
5 |x - - - - -|    |x - - - - -|    |x - - - - -|
     a d a d f#       b f#a d f#       a d b d f#

Second string can be played open, or not played at all.



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