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Authority Song By John Mellencamp

Welcome to my Authority Song by John Mellencamp page where you'll find several Mellencamp songs you can easily learn on acoustic.

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Authority Song By John Mellencamp
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1. Ain't Even Done With The Night

Ain't Even Done With The Night was a 1981 single release from the album "Nothin Matters And What If It Did".

The song reached #17 in the US and hit #15 in Canada.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: 1-2-3 up down up  where 1-2-3 are arpeggio notes in the chords ... then use down down up down up down up  
  • Picking: a little
  • Chords: A, D, Gbm, E, Asus2, A 6/9
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2. Authority Song

Authority Song is the only song in this list from the 1984 album "Uh-huh". 

All of the other four singles peaked in the top 10 in the US but this one managed a #15 on the US charts. 


  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A

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3. Jack And Diane

Jack And Diane was a big song for John Mellencamp in 1982 when it was released as a single from the album "American Fool.

This was Mellencamps first #1 in both Canada and the US.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: use a down down down down down up down up down up and repeat ...  and then some chops and shuffles as you play thru this one
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: A, Asus(maj7), D, E, G
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4. Paper In Fire

Paper In Fire is from the 1987 album "The Lonesome Jubilee" and was one of 6 singles from this album.

The song was one of two number one's from this album.


  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: downstrokes mostly and then down down up down up down up 
  • Picking: No just a few riffs
  • Chords: D, A, G, C
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5. Rain On The Scarecrow

Rain On The Scarecrow was one of seven singles from this album when it was released in 1986.

The song managed to hit #16 in the US. 


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down down - down down down down and repeat and use all downstrokes
  • Picking: just a few riffs
  • Chords: Em, Em(add9), G, A, D, C
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6. ROCK In The USA

ROCK In The USA is from the Scarecrow album released in 1986 which released several big songs for John Mellencamp.

This one as  #2 and a #7 in Canada.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up up up down up down up and repeat with some downstrokes
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, C, A
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7. Someday The Rains Will Fall

Someday The Rains Will Fall is not a song you'll find on any John Mellencamp album but instead is part of the TV Series NCIS. And this track is a song in season 2.

To my knowledge, the song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Em, Am, C, D

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