How To Play Parking Lot

SarBareilles: Parking Lot



In 2013 Sara Bareilles wrote a moderately fast song called Parking Lot.

“'Parking Lot' is a decidedly dark departure from the rest of the Blessed Unrest collection, as we hear Sara Bareilles sing directly to herself in a moment of frustration and desperation. The album’s recurring theme of battling creative and emotional immobility is fully present here, as Bareilles likens her current state to being stuck in a parking lot, wasting her resources without any sign of progress."

Lately, I've met some young people who have learned how to get out of the pit that they once were in. This song came to my mind. Are you familiar with this one?



Key: G
Tempo: 4/4

Parking Lot (Chords and Lyrics)

Em  C  G  G/B  C  G  C


Verse 1

 G6 Bm/F#  Em    C
It's a feeling 
              G       G/B
My hands and feet held to the floor
          C
Like I'm kneeling 
      G              C
Crawl straight to
            G6  Bm/F#
Where fate sent you
Em      C         G     G/B
Holding down the only solid ground
C          G       C        C           Bm/F#     Em 
I could find cause I don't want to try the other kind
             C      G    G/B                  C                
I don't have it yet a good sense of knowing when
       G  C         G6    Bm/F# Em
What I do should be immediate
Em           C            G      G/B            C   
But all this waiting for a sign from the other side
G               C       
For gosh sake this is
       G5 F#5 Em   Em   C    G   G/B
Just a timeline
C          G       C    G5 F#5 Em
Just a timeline


Verse 2
          Em      C        G  G/B               C
Yeah Sara stop it pick out your paralysis and unlock it
             G         C               G5 F#5 Em  
And flex the fear till it builds you a rocket
Em       C
And rise and if you fall
G  G/B               C            G        C
At least you end up between where you will be
    G5 F#5 Em      Em   C      G   G/B 
And where you will have been
C     G      C     G5 F#5
Yeah


Chorus

Cmaj7           C                Cadd2               Bm/F#      G                              
I can't keep paying for the same spot in the parking lot
G
Can't stay here no not anymore
G
Can't stay here no not anymore
   Cmaj7          C                Cadd2               Bm/F#      G     
Oh I just keep paying for the same spot in the parking lot
G
Can't stay here no not anymore
G
Can't stay here no not anymore


Break

Em C      G     G/B        C 
   Ooh Oh Oh Oh Ooh Wuh-Uh Oh
G         C      G5 F#5 Em
Ooh Oh Oh Oh Ooh Wuh-Uh Oh


Verse 3
           Em    C         
Wish I was lying 
                 G     G/B       C      
My worry circles my brain like it's dying 
         G       C          G5 F#5 Em
And that redhead vulture is well fed
    Em        C              G        G/B    C
But what that mutiny used to be is no use to me now 
G              C         G5 F#5 Em     Em     C
Tell me how it all turns out
      G   G/B       C      G      C    G5 F#5
Cause I'm not sticking around


Chorus

Cmaj7            C               Cadd2               Bm/F#      G                                
I can't keep paying for the same spot in the parking lot
G
Can't stay here no not anymore
G
Can't stay here no not anymore
   Cmaj7          C                Cadd2               Bm/F#      G     
Oh I just keep paying for the same spot in the parking lot
G
Can't stay here no not anymore
G
Can't stay here no not anymore


Break

Em C      G     G/B        C 
   Ooh Oh Oh Oh Ooh Wuh-Uh Oh
G         C      G5 F#5 Em
Ooh Oh Oh Oh Ooh Wuh-Uh Oh


Bridge

C
Can't breathe in the parking lot
C
Give me divine dissatisfaction
C
Give me the heart unsettled soul
C
Give me emotion into action
C
Cause I can't take this 

Outro

   Em    C
Anymore
      G       G/B    C       G       C
Can't breathe in the parking lot (Ooh Oh Oh Oh Ooh Wuh-Uh Oh)
    G5 F#5 Em  Em
Not anymore (Ooh Oh Oh Oh Ooh Wuh-Uh Oh)
C             G   G/B       C
Can't breathe in the parking lot (Ooh Oh Oh Oh Ooh Wuh-Uh Oh)
G      C         G5 F#5 Em
Ooh Oh Oh Oh Ooh Wuh-Uh Oh


Hear and Play offers a wonderful learning resource, Advanced Guitar 301.

Currently, I'm reading Beth Moore's Get Out Of That Pit. It reminds me of the song.

You may be interested in playing some other songs by Sara:

Brave

Little Black Dress

All the best,




"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." -- Art Blakey

Learn Can't We Be friends?


                                     photo credit: 藍川芥 aikawake FILM | Happy Childhood via photopin (license)

 The 1929 musical revue "The Little Show" was the showcase for this song. Since that time it has been welcomed into the world of jazz as a classic and recorded by such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, George Shearing, Benny Goodman and his Orchestra and Frank Sinatra. ASCAP rated this song among the top hits of 1929.

,


"Can't We Be Friends?" (Chords and Lyrics)

Music by Kay Swift
Words by Paul James

Key: Ab
Time: 4/4 Andantino

Fm                    Fm/Ab        G7 G7-5  G7
I took each word he said as gospel truth,
C7                             Db/F  C7
The way a silly little child would.
Fm           Fm/Ab            G7       G7-5  G7
I can't excuse it on the grounds of youth,
C7                             Fm Bb Fm
I was no babe in the wild wood.
Bbm         Fm/Ab
He didn't mean it,
G7-5              Fm
I should have seen it,
E6/C  C7+5  F  C/E  Ab7/Eb
Now it's too late!


Key of F (modulation)

G7/D  G7                        C7               C9
I thought I'd found the man of my dreams.
F         Db7      Dm7/C           D/A Db7/Ab C7/G

Now it seems, this is how the story ends:
C7     Dm       G9        C7
He's going to turn me down and say,
F            Bb7    F     Dm  Dm7/C
Can't we be friends?

G9   G7                    C7
I thought for once it couldn't go wrong.
F         Db7 Dm7/C           Dm/A    Db7/Ab C7/G
Not for long! I can see the way this ends:
C7  Dm        G9        C7
He's goin' to turn me down and say,
F           Bb7   F      Dm  F7
Can't we be friends?

Bb7    C  Bb9
Never again!
Bb7               F
Through with love,
      Fdim7       F
Through with men! 
        F+    Fm6  Fm6              Eb           Cm/Eb Eb7  D+
They play their game without shame, and who's to blame?

D  D7  A7+5  D  Gb6/Db  D9/C

G7                            C7 
I thought I'd found a man I could trust.
F          Db7  Dm7/C            Dm/A Db7/Ab C7/G
What a bust! This is how the story ends:
C7   Dm       G9           C7
He's going to turn me down and say,
F           Bb7   F  F6  F
Can't we be friends?


Rainy Night In Georgia is a popular song from the 60s. I have posted the chord progressions to Tony Joe White's piece. Also, Billy Vera's At This Moment is from the best of the 80s music!

Two great resources you may want to have and use in your music library are Jazz 101 and Jazz 201.

All the best,

-- LadyD

"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." -- Art Blakey
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