• Song:


  • Artist:

    Billy Bragg

  • Album:

    Must I Paint You a Pict...

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I left you on the debris
of the sunday morning market
searching through odds and ends
i was looking for a bargain.

Heard your footsteps at the front door
and that old familiar love song
I knew you'd find me waiting there
at the top of the stairs.

I've been there and back
just to see how far it is
you, you tried to tell me
but i had to learn for myself

Trouble at the depot
with the general workers union
said it'll never change a thing
they wont fight but they're not working

Oh you were my hero
now you're just my good friend
I've been there and back
now i know how far it is.

I left you on the debris
now we both know you've got no money
and i wonder what you would have done
without me hanging around.


Greetings To The New Brunette

it's quite exciting to be sleeping here in this new room
you're my reason to get out of bed before noon
you know when we sat out on the fire escape talking
what did you say about running before we were walking
Sometimes when we are as close as this
It's like we're in a dream
How can you lie there and think of England
When you don't even know who's in the team

your sexual politics have left me all of a muddle
we are joined in the ideological cuddle
I'm celebrating my love to you
With a pint of beer and a new tattoo
And if you haven't noticed yet
I'm more impressionable when my cement is wet

Politics and pregnancy
Are debated as we empty our glasses
And how I love those evening classes

you really know how to make a young man angry
could we get through the night without mentioning family
The people from your church agree
It's not much of a career
Trying the handles of parked cars
Whoops,there goes another year
Whoops,there goes another pint of beer

Here we are in our summer years
Living on ice-cream and chocolate kisses
Would the leaves fall from the trees
If I was your old man and you were my missus
give my greetings to the new brunette
Greetings to the new brunette...


         Life With The Lions (Billy Bragg)

intro: D Bm D Bm A D Bm D Bm

 D (xx0232@1)          G (320003@1)        AI (x02220@1)hate the arsehole I become
          GEverytime (320003@1)I'm with you
   D (xx0232@1)           G (320003@1)           AYou (x02220@1)know you've got me on the run
                    GBut (320003@1)let me make it clear to you
          Bm (x24432@1)          GIt's (320003@1)taken two fools such as we
          A (x02220@1)                 GTo (320003@1)make love deaf, dumb and blind
        D (xx0232@1)           G (320003@1)                A (x02220@1)     GNow (320003@1)you're upset 'cos I can't read your mind love
         D (xx0232@1)        G (320003@1)              D (xx0232@1) Bm (x24432@1)name="chord_xx0232@1">D Bm (x24432@1)name="chord_xx0232@1">D Bm (x24432@1)name="chord_x02220@1">A D (xx0232@1)name="chord_x24432@1">Bm D (xx0232@1)name="chord_x24432@1">Bm
You're upset 'cos I can't read your mind

 D (xx0232@1)          G (320003@1)       AI (x02220@1)hate the arsehole I become
              GEverytime (320003@1)I'm with you
   D (xx0232@1)               G (320003@1)            AI (x02220@1)get the feeling looking in your eyes
                GThat (320003@1)somehow I should forgive you
  Bm (x24432@1)            G (320003@1)         A (x02220@1)                  GI (320003@1)know that I'm guilty but I don't know what I've done
        D (xx0232@1)          G (320003@1)                D (xx0232@1)     GYou're (320003@1)not about to let me join in the fun are you
        D (xx0232@1)          G (320003@1)                D (xx0232@1)name="chord_x24432@1">Bm D (xx0232@1)name="chord_x24432@1">Bm D (xx0232@1)name="chord_x24432@1">Bm A (x02220@1)name="chord_xx0232@1">D Bm (x24432@1)name="chord_xx0232@1">D BmYou're (x24432@1)not about to let me join in the fun

    D (xx0232@1)        G (320003@1)         AI (x02220@1)hate the arsehole I become
            GEverytime (320003@1)I'm with you
    D (xx0232@1)             G (320003@1)            AI (x02220@1)hate the way you try to give me back
                  GAll (320003@1)the things I give to you
    Bm (x24432@1)         GI (320003@1)know when I leave the room
       A (x02220@1)                GThey (320003@1)say what's up with him
      D (xx0232@1)           G (320003@1)             D (xx0232@1)    GBut (320003@1)love is not a game you play to win girl
   D (xx0232@1)          G (320003@1)             D (xx0232@1)name="chord_x24432@1">Bm D (xx0232@1)name="chord_x24432@1">Bm D (xx0232@1)name="chord_x24432@1">Bm A (x02220@1)name="chord_xx0232@1">D Bm (x24432@1)name="chord_xx0232@1">D BmLove (x24432@1)is not a game you play to win

  D (xx0232@1)G (320003@1)A (x02220@1)G (320003@1)D (xx0232@1)G (320003@1)A (x02220@1)G (320003@1)         Bm (x24432@1)                GIf (320003@1)that face of yours could only talk
       A (x02220@1)            GThe (320003@1)stories it could tell
      D (xx0232@1)              G (320003@1)           D (xx0232@1)     GThe (320003@1)chase is always better than the kill, love
      D (xx0232@1)             G (320003@1)            D (xx0232@1)     DBm... (xx0232@1)The chase is always better than the kill

                           Little Time Bomb
                             (Billy Bragg)

GOne's (320003@1)of them off her food
C (x32010@1)               GAnd (320003@1)the other's off his head
     Em (022000@1)               G (320003@1)         DAnd (xx0232@1)both of them are off down the boozer
C (x32010@1)          GTo (320003@1)drink a toast
C (x32010@1)           GTo (320003@1)the one that he hates most
         Em (022000@1)             G (320003@1)          D (xx0232@1)    GAnd (320003@1)she says there are no winner, only losers

G (320003@1)               EmWell (022000@1)if there are no winners
      C (x32010@1)           GThen (320003@1)what is this he thinks
        Em (022000@1)           G (320003@1)              DAs (xx0232@1)he watches her complete a lap of honour
C (x32010@1)                  GAnd (320003@1)he sits in the stands
         C (x32010@1)         GWith (320003@1)his head in his hands
          Em (022000@1)               GAnd (320003@1)he thinks of all the things
             D (xx0232@1)            GHe'd (320003@1)like to bring down upon her

G (320003@1)                 Em (022000@1)               C (x32010@1)        GRevenge (320003@1)will bring cold comfort in this darkest hour
           G (320003@1)    C (x32010@1)        D (xx0232@1)      GAs (320003@1)the jukebox says 'It's All Over Now'
           Em (022000@1)          GAnd (320003@1)he stands and he screams
              C (x32010@1)    GWhat (320003@1)have I done wrong
      D (xx0232@1)         Em (022000@1)         C (x32010@1)       GI've (320003@1)fallen in love with a little time bomb
      D (xx0232@1)         Em (022000@1)         C (x32010@1)       GI've (320003@1)fallen in love with a little time bomb

C (x32010@1)     G (320003@1)        Am (x02210@1)   G (320003@1) In public he's such a man
        C (x32010@1)            G (320003@1)           Am (x02210@1)        GHe's (320003@1)punching at the walls with his bare ad bloody hands
        C (x32010@1)           G (320003@1)          Am (x02210@1)   GHe's (320003@1)screaming and shouting and acting crazy
         C (x32010@1)                    DBut (xx0232@1)at home he sits alone and he cries like a baby
      G (320003@1)           Em (022000@1)       C (x32010@1)      GOh (320003@1)he holds your letters but he can't read them
        G (320003@1)               C (x32010@1)        D (xx0232@1)     GAs (320003@1)he fights this loneliness that you call freedom
        Em (022000@1)          G (320003@1)         C (x32010@1)         GYou (320003@1)said this would happen and you were not wrong
       D (xx0232@1)      Em (022000@1)             C (x32010@1)     GI've (320003@1)fallen in love with a little time bomb
       D (xx0232@1)      Em (022000@1)             C (x32010@1)     GI've (320003@1)fallen in love with a little time bomb


                   Must I paint you apicture (x02210@1)                        (Billy Bragg)
intro: C - G - Am

C (x32010@1)         G (320003@1)       FIt's (133211@1)bad timeing and me
           G (320003@1)                        CWe (x32010@1)find a lot of things out this way
       GAnd (320003@1)there's you
           F (133211@1)                GA (320003@1)little black cloud in a dress
C (x32010@1)        GThe (320003@1)temptation
                Am (x02210@1)         FTo (133211@1)take the precious things we have a part
     C (x32010@1)           G (320003@1)  CTo (x32010@1)see how they work
            G (320003@1)                        Am (x02210@1)        F (133211@1) CMust (x32010@1)be resisted for they never fit together again
G (320003@1)                     AmIf (x02210@1)this is rain let it fall on me and drown me
G (320003@1)                   Am (x02210@1)         GIf (320003@1)these are tears let them fall

                     C (x32010@1)     G (320003@1) AmMust (x02210@1)I paint you a picture
                    C (x32010@1)     G (320003@1) AmAbout (x02210@1)the way that I feel
                              C (x32010@1)        Am (x02210@1) GYou (320003@1)know that my love for you is strong girl
                              C (x32010@1)    Am (x02210@1) GYou (320003@1)know that my love for you is real

C (x32010@1)          G (320003@1)             FIt (133211@1)took a short walk and a talk
                G (320003@1)               CTo (x32010@1)change the rules of engagement
               G (320003@1)                    F (133211@1)     GWhile (320003@1)you searched frantically for reverse
C (x32010@1)         GAnd (320003@1)then claiming
        Am (x02210@1)         F (133211@1)         C (x32010@1)       AThat (x02220@1)virtue never tested is no virtue at all
C (x32010@1)    G (320003@1)              AmAnd (x02210@1)so I lost my ignorance
F-G                                  Am (x02210@1)  And now the bells across the river chime out your name
G (320003@1)                    Am (x02210@1)  GI (320003@1)look across to them again     (chorus)

Em (022000@1)                          CAll (x32010@1)your friends sais come down

It will never fly

                FAnd (133211@1)on that imperfect day
              GWe (320003@1)threw it all away
 Em (022000@1)                 AmCrisis (x02210@1)after crisis, with such intensity
F (133211@1)                                 GThis (320003@1)would never happen if we lived by the sea

C (x32010@1)      G (320003@1)                     FMost (133211@1)important decisions in life
               G (320003@1)                 CAre (x32010@1)made between two people in bed
          G (320003@1)                F (133211@1) GI (320003@1)found that at my own expense
C (x32010@1)          GAnd (320003@1)when I see you
           Am (x02210@1)           F (133211@1)           C (x32010@1)       G (320003@1)    CYou (x32010@1)juts turn around and walk away like we never met
   G (320003@1)                Am (x02210@1)    FOh (133211@1)we used to be so brave
G (320003@1)                           Am (x02210@1)                    GI (320003@1)dreamt the wolrd stopped turning as we climbed the hill
                       Am (x02210@1)                          GI (320003@1)dreamt impossible dreams that we were lovers still  (chorus)


                       Ontario, Quebec and me
                           (Billy Bragg)

G (320003@1)                 D (xx0232@1)       GYou (320003@1)don't need my Christmas card,
       Em (022000@1)  D (xx0232@1)       CYou (x32010@1)already have my heart.
G (320003@1)                 D (xx0232@1)       GThis (320003@1)has been an holiday romance,
Am (x02210@1)                C (x32010@1) DTry (xx0232@1)from the very start.


                 C (x32010@1)           GFor (320003@1)we know how to spend the time,
      Em (022000@1)           CWho (x32010@1)cares about the weather.
     G (320003@1)                           D (xx0232@1)       GWe'll (320003@1)dance in the town 'till the sun goes down,
      Em (022000@1)     D (xx0232@1)    CAnd (x32010@1)push our bed together.

 G (320003@1)                            D (xx0232@1)    GFrom (320003@1)the land of the midnight sunglasses,
         Em (022000@1)    D (xx0232@1)     CTo (x32010@1)the mountain of the moon.
 G (320003@1)                     D (xx0232@1)      GYou (320003@1)could never stay in bed too long,
       Am (x02210@1)               C (x32010@1)   DI'll (xx0232@1)never come back too soon.


G (320003@1)        Em (022000@1)  D (xx0232@1)   GYou (320003@1)know how a fool I am,
           C (x32010@1)      D (xx0232@1)    GWith (320003@1)my short attention span.
           C (x32010@1)      D (xx0232@1)      EmFlying (022000@1)in the really season too,
                 C (x32010@1)     D (xx0232@1)      GNothing (320003@1)could keep me away from you.

	BREAK (same chords than averse) (x02210@1)


               Rotting On Remand
                (Billy Bragg)

CI (x32010@1)stood before the judge that day
    F (133211@1)           CAs (x32010@1)he refused my bail

And I knew that I would spend my time
                  GAwaiting (320003@1)trial in jail
   CI (x32010@1)said there is no justice
         F (133211@1)               CAs (x32010@1)they led me out of the door
          F (133211@1)                              CAnd (x32010@1)the judge said, "This isn't a court of justice son
      G (320003@1)            CThis (x32010@1)is a court of law".

CThey (x32010@1)first sent me to Windsor
     F (133211@1)               CAnd (x32010@1)then to Stoke on Trent

In a holding cell in Liverpool
                         GThree (320003@1)days and nights I spent
     CMy (x32010@1)solicitor can't find me
         F (133211@1)         CAnd (x32010@1)my family don't know
        F (133211@1)                      CI (x32010@1)keep telling them that I'm innocent
                        G (320003@1)            C (x32010@1)    C7They (x32310@1)(just) say, "Come on son, in you go."

        F (133211@1)                        CI (x32010@1)was picked up on suspicion of something I haven't done
C (x32010@1)  B/C (134442@1)  A/C (032220@1) G/C (2431xx@7) c (x3101x@1)                      GHere (320003@1)I sit in 'F' wing waiting for my trial to come
           F (133211@1)                          C (x32010@1)      FIt's (133211@1)a cruel unusual punishment that society demands
                        C (x32010@1)    G (320003@1)         CInnocent (x32010@1)till proven guilty, rotting on remand

F (133211@1)C (x32010@1)G (320003@1)C (x32010@1)A7 (x02020@1)    DI (xx0232@1)ended up in this jail
          G (320003@1)  DBuilt (xx0232@1)in 18-82

When one man to one prison cell
                  AWas (x02220@1)a Victorian value
      DNow (xx0232@1)three of us are squeezed in here
          G (320003@1)             DAnd (xx0232@1)you can't escape the smell
           G (320003@1)          DOf (xx0232@1)that bucket in the corner
       A (x02220@1)              DAnd (xx0232@1)we eat in here as well

They let me out of this cage
     G (320003@1)             DTo (xx0232@1)slop that bucket out

To get my food and bring it back
                          AAnd (x02220@1)if I'm lucky, get a shower
  DApart (xx0232@1)from one hours exercise
       G (320003@1)               DI'm (xx0232@1)locked in here all day
            G (320003@1)                 DYou (xx0232@1)don't turn criminals into citizens
       A (x02220@1)             D (xx0232@1)  D7By (xx0212@1)treating them this way

          G (320003@1)                        DIs (xx0232@1)the prize of law and order the stench of Wormwood Scrubs
        D (xx0232@1) C#/D    B/D    A/D (x00220@1)                     AWith (x02220@1)judges quick to sentence sending more down from above
       G (320003@1)                              D (xx0232@1)       gIt's (355333@1)a cruel unusual punishment that society demands
                        D (xx0232@1)    A (x02220@1)        DInnocent (xx0232@1)till proven guilty, rotting on remand    G  D  A  D ...


             She's got anew (x02210@1)spell
               (Billy Bragg)
(Capo 5e fret)
intro: D (xx0232@1)name="chord_320003@1">G A (x02220@1) D (xx0232@1)name="chord_320003@1">G A (x02220@1)              DWhat (xx0232@1)is that sound
             G (320003@1)       AWhere (x02220@1)is it coming from
         DAll (xx0232@1)around
                G (320003@1)       AWhat (x02220@1)are you running from
               Bm (x24432@1)     A (x02220@1)     DSomething (xx0232@1)you don't understand
           G (320003@1)         EmSomething (022000@1)you cannot command

               DThat's (xx0232@1)how I know
             G (320003@1)      AShe's (x02220@1)got a new spell
                DYes, (xx0232@1)that's how I know
                      G (320003@1)   AThat (x02220@1)she's got a new spell

               DWhat's (xx0232@1)going down
         G (320003@1)                 AWho's (x02220@1)moved this room from round me
                DWhere (xx0232@1)has it gone
G (320003@1)                      AI (x02220@1)fear this night will drown me
      Bm (x24432@1)      A (x02220@1)  DSo (xx0232@1)I lie awake all night
        G (320003@1)                 Em (022000@1)                D'Cos (xx0232@1)I can't sleep with something I can't fight

   Bm (x24432@1)A (x02220@1) D (xx0232@1)             G (320003@1)         A (x02220@1)          Bm (x24432@1)    A (x02220@1) DThe (xx0232@1)laws of gravity are very, very strict
                  G (320003@1)              A (x02220@1)            Bm (x24432@1)A (x02220@1)DAnd (xx0232@1)you're just bending them for your won benefit

D (xx0232@1)name="chord_320003@1">G	A (x02220@1)name="chord_xx0232@1">D	G (320003@1)name="chord_x02220@1">A	Bm (x24432@1)name="chord_x02220@1">A	D (xx0232@1)name="chord_xx0232@1">D	G (320003@1)name="chord_x02220@1">A	D (xx0232@1)name="chord_320003@1">G	A (x02220@1)name="chord_xx0232@1">D	G (320003@1)name="chord_x02220@1">A
Bm (x24432@1)name="chord_x02220@1">A	D (xx0232@1)               G (320003@1)        A (x02220@1)         Bm (x24432@1)A (x02220@1)DThe (xx0232@1)laws of gravity are very, very strict
                  G (320003@1)             A (x02220@1)             Bm (x24432@1)A (x02220@1)DAnd (xx0232@1)you're just bending them for your won benefit

One minute she says
        G (320003@1)            AShe's (x02220@1)gone to get the cat in
                  DThe (xx0232@1)next thing I know
          G (320003@1)        AShe's (x02220@1)mumbling in Latin
               bm          A (x02220@1) DShe (xx0232@1)cut the starts out of the sky
   G (320003@1)            EmAnd (022000@1)baked them in a pie

               DThat's (xx0232@1)how I know
             G (320003@1)     AShe's (x02220@1)got a new spell
                DYes, (xx0232@1)that's how I know
                        G (320003@1)  AThat (x02220@1)she's got a new spell
               Bm (x24432@1)      A (x02220@1)      DShe (xx0232@1)stole the scene and the scenery
    G (320003@1)           EmThe (022000@1)script and the machinery
               DThat's (xx0232@1)how I know
             G (320003@1)   AShe's (x02220@1)got a new spell
                DYes, (xx0232@1)that's how I know
                      G (320003@1)    A (x02220@1)  Bm (x24432@1)A (x02220@1)DThat (xx0232@1)she's got a new spell


	               	Sin City

Intro: G D G C G D C G

          G (320003@1)                DThis (xx0232@1)old town 's filled with sin
       G (320003@1)         CIt'll (x32010@1)swallow you in
      G (320003@1)                  DIf (xx0232@1)you got some money to burn
         G (320003@1)         DTake (xx0232@1)it home right away
            G (320003@1)           CYou've (x32010@1)got three years to pay
     G (320003@1)          D (xx0232@1)      G (320003@1) G7The (320001@1)city is waiting his turn

       C (x32010@1)                     D (xx0232@1)            G (320003@1)        G7This (320001@1)old earthquake 's gonna leave me in the poor house
       C (x32010@1)          G (320003@1)           DIt (xx0232@1)seems like this old town 's insane
          C (x32010@1)          D (xx0232@1)    G (320003@1)         COn (x32010@1)the thirty-first floor, a gold plated door
        G (320003@1)          D (xx0232@1)            G (320003@1)   G (320003@1)name="chord_xx0232@1">D G (320003@1)name="chord_x32010@1">C G (320003@1)name="chord_xx0232@1">D C (x32010@1)name="chord_320003@1">G
Won't keep out the lord's burning rain

   G (320003@1)         D (xx0232@1)          G (320003@1)      CThe (x32010@1)scientist say, it will all wash away
    G (320003@1)                   DBut (xx0232@1)we don't, believe anymore
       G (320003@1)        DSo (xx0232@1)we got our recruit
       G (320003@1)          CAnd (x32010@1)a green mohair suit
     G (320003@1)              D (xx0232@1)         G (320003@1)  G7So (320001@1)please show your I.D. at the door


     G (320003@1)         D (xx0232@1)              G (320003@1)          CA (x32010@1)friend came around, tried to clean up this town
      G (320003@1)                   DHis (xx0232@1)ideas made some people mad
          G (320003@1)          D (xx0232@1)         G (320003@1)        CBut (x32010@1)he thrusted his crowd, so he spoke right out loud
        G (320003@1)          D (xx0232@1)            G (320003@1)     G7And (320001@1)they lost the best friend they had



           The Price I Pay
           (Billy Bragg)

intro: G (320003@1)Em (022000@1)C (x32010@1)G (320003@1)D (xx0232@1)    G (320003@1)                       EmMy (022000@1)friend said she could see no way ahead
    A (x02220@1)                             CAnd (x32010@1)I was probably better off without you
              G (320003@1)                     EmShe (022000@1)said to face up to the fact that you weren't coming back
     A (x02220@1)                           CAnd (x32010@1)she could make me happy like you used to
        G (320003@1)               B7But (x21202@1)I'm sorry to say I turned her away
    C (x32010@1)                        AbMaj7 (xx1114@1)Knowing everything she said was true
                 G (320003@1)              Em (022000@1)                 C (x32010@1)   G (320003@1)DAnd (xx0232@1)that's the price I pay for loving you the way that I do

            G (320003@1)                 EmThere's (022000@1)something inside that hurts my foolish pride
       A (x02220@1)                            CTo (x32010@1)visit the places we used to go together
       G (320003@1)                      EmNot (022000@1)a day goes by that I don't sit and wonder why
         A (x02220@1)                       CYour (x32010@1)feelings for me didn't last forever
           G (320003@1)                   B7Girl (x21202@1)I love you so much that sometimes it's such
             C (x32010@1)                     AbMaj7 (xx1114@1)I'd walk a mile with a stone in my shoe
              G (320003@1)                  Em (022000@1)                 C (x32010@1)    G (320003@1)DAnd (xx0232@1)that's that price I pay for loving you the way that I do  (2x)

G (320003@1)Em (022000@1)A (x02220@1)C (x32010@1)name="chord_320003@1">G  Em (022000@1)A (x02220@1)C (x32010@1)               G (320003@1)                          B7So (x21202@1)keep that phone out of my way for the things I must say
       C (x32010@1)                          AbMaj7 (xx1114@1)Are empty if you don't believe they're true
              G (320003@1)                    Em (022000@1)               C (x32010@1)   G (320003@1)DAnd (xx0232@1)that's that price I pay for loving you the way that I do
              G (320003@1)               Em (022000@1)               C (x32010@1)   G (320003@1)DThat's (xx0232@1)the price I pay for loving you the way that I do

       G (320003@1)      EmI (022000@1)love you so much that baby it's such
             A (x02220@1)                     CI'd (x32010@1)walk a mile with a stone in my shoe  ...


Billy Bragg's "The Man in the Iron Mask". pretty correct as far as I can
tell but I'm sitting here in the dark with my 12-string, which is no fun
to pick on, and no cd player... so.

    (much easier to play this C| in position I but you lose the slide)
Am7 (x02010@1)       F (133211@1)name="chord_x32010@1">C     G (320003@1)        C (x32010@1)   Em7    Em (022000@1)       Am----------0-1-0---0--------------------------------------| (x02210@1)----------------1---------0---------------0--------------|
    when....off...I will not   say                who..that

 Am (x02210@1)Em (022000@1)          Am (x02210@1)Am7-------------------------------| (x02010@1)-1-1p0-----------0-----0h1p0---|
  who so quickly...

When he drops you off I will not say
Who was that who so quickly drove away

The things you've done and the places you've been
When I open the door for you I will not let them in

As long as you come back to me I will never ask
For you I will be the man in the iron mask

then this bridge part:
(octaves optional-not sure if they belong or not but I like them)
       C (x32010@1)    G (320003@1)    Em (022000@1)        C (x32010@1)name="chord_320003@1">G     Em (022000@1) E7----------------------------------------------0-------| (020130@1)----0--1---1------0--------------1----0-------0-------|
           ^      ^              ^    ^
Listen to the record... Hit the C, G, hard where indicated... The first Em
mute E&A and go at it for an extra beat before the C.  The second time let
the Em ring, then strum the E7 slowly, hit the B, and back into the verse.

You said you loved me and it broke my heart
I was always your prisoner right from the start

The nights you spend without me this house is like a dungeon
And you only return to torture me more

You must have your reasons, I will not ask
For you I will be the man in the iron mask

It ends with a variation of the verse, mostly playing an arpeggiated Em with
those little Am things... the last chord is an A (major) on the B&G (or maybe
B&D) strings.


         The Only One (Billy Bragg)

intro:  E (7th)  G#m (4th)  C#m (4th)  D#/B (main riff)

note: play main riff throughout all the verses

Sometimes when you lose your way to me

I think you don't care at all

If you don't get here soon

I'll tear that clock down from the wall

Your family and friends don't understand

They treat me so strange

The book you said to read

Well I have read but nothings changed

      A (x02220@1)                 BThe (x2444x@1)clocks go forward the clocks go back
      G#m (133111@4)          C#m (x13321@4)        AYet (x02220@1)here I sit as if I were the only one
   (main riff)
And oh you cannot hear me

Oh you cannot hear me

Can anybody hear me out there

(main riff)
He's up on high horse again

You're down in the park

I'm left to fight my impulses alone here in the dark

The chain that fell off my bike last night

Is now wrapped round my heart

Sometimes I think that

Fate has been against us from the start

    A (x02220@1)               BI (x2444x@1)long to let our love run free
     G#m (133111@4)        C#m (x13321@4)     AYet (x02220@1)here I am a victim of geography
(main riff)
And oh you cannot hear me

Oh you cannot hear me

Can anybody hear me out there

          A (x02220@1)                  BShe (x2444x@1)said kiss me or would you rather
    G#m (133111@4)                 C#m (x13321@4)       ALive (x02220@1)in a land where the soap won't lather
(main riff)
And oh...

You know you are the only one

Yes you are the only one

Yes you are the only one


The Short Answer
Between Marx and marzipan in the dictionary there was Mary
Between the deep blue sea and the devil that was me
If ever anyone could help me with my obsession with
The young Susannah York it was Mary

If my pink pyjamas she asked me for something
I gave her the short answer
She read our stars out load
And I knew then that we should have gone sailing
But we stayed home instead
Fighting on the waterbed
Like the honeymoon couple on drugs
Me and Mary

What happened in the past
Remained a mystery of natural history
She should have been the last
But she was just the latest
If she wanted to be a farmer's wife
I would endure that muddy life
I would dig for victory

And the sound of happy couples
Coupling happily in the dark
While you and I sat down to tea
I remember you said to me
That no amount of poetry
Would mend this broken heart
But you can put the Hoover round
If you want to make a start

All my friends from school
Introduce me to their spouses
While I'm left standing here
With my hands down the front of my trousers
I just don't know what's to be done
I wonder sometimes how did Dad meet Mum
And how did they conceive of me
Tell me Mary

The boys who came to the shop
Always made her laugh much more than I did
When I told her this must stop
She didn't bat an eyelid
She said you know honey it's such a shame
You'll never be any good at this game
You bruise too easily
So said Mary

Her two brothers took me out
Of circulation for the duration
So we went our separate ways but does she still love me
She still has my door key
Like a bully boy in a Benetton shop
You're never happy with what you've got
Till what you've got has gone
Sorry Mary


              Valentine's Day Is Over
                 (Billy Bragg)

intro: C (x32010@1)F (133211@1)C (x32010@1)F (133211@1)C (x32010@1)F (133211@1)G (320003@1)F (133211@1)C (x32010@1) C (x32010@1)      F (133211@1)                         CSome (x32010@1)day boy you'll reap what you've down
         F (133211@1)    C (x32010@1)              F (133211@1)        GYou'll (320003@1)catch a cold and you'll be on your own
      F (133211@1)     C (x32010@1)               F (133211@1)      CAnd (x32010@1)you will see that what's wrong with me
     F (133211@1)         CIs (x32010@1)wrong with everyone that
     Dm (xx0231@1)                 G (320003@1)           F (133211@1)CYou (x32010@1)want to play your little games on

  C (x32010@1)        F (133211@1)                      CPoetry (x32010@1)and flowers pretty words and threats
      F (133211@1)           C (x32010@1)            F (133211@1)              GYou've (320003@1)gone to the dogs again and I'm not placing bets
          F (133211@1)  C (x32010@1)             F (133211@1)        COn (x32010@1)you coming home tonight anything but blind
         F (133211@1)          C (x32010@1)               Dm (xx0231@1)          GIf (320003@1)you take me for granted then you must expect to find
     F (133211@1)      C (x32010@1)     C (x32010@1)Em (022000@1)AmSurprise, (x02210@1)surprise

     Am (x02210@1)       F (133211@1) C (x32010@1)        F (133211@1)  G (320003@1)C (x32010@1)Em (022000@1)AmValentine's (x02210@1)Day is over, it's over
     Am (x02210@1)       F (133211@1) C (x32010@1)  F (133211@1)CValentine's (x32010@1)Day is over

G (320003@1)              F (133211@1)               C (x32010@1)                            GIf (320003@1)you want to talk about it well you know where the phone is
                      E (022100@1)          F (133211@1)          Fm (133111@1)       CDon't (x32010@1)come round reminding me again how brittle bone is
                    G (320003@1)    F (133211@1)                    GGod (320003@1)didn't make you angel     the Devil made you a man
         C (x32010@1)            E (022100@1)               F (133211@1)        FmThat (133111@1)brutality and the economy are related now I understand
       C (x32010@1)                  E (022100@1)       F (133211@1)           Fm (133111@1)       F (133211@1)name="chord_x32010@1">C
When will you realize that as above so below there is no love

C (x32010@1)Em (022000@1)Am (x02210@1)     Am (x02210@1)       F (133211@1) C (x32010@1)        F (133211@1)  G (320003@1)  C (x32010@1)Em (022000@1)AmValentine's (x02210@1)Day is over, it's over
     Am (x02210@1)       F (133211@1) C (x32010@1)  F (133211@1)CValentine's (x32010@1)Day is over

G (320003@1)F (133211@1)C (x32010@1)G (320003@1)E (022100@1)F (133211@1)Fm (133111@1)         C (x32010@1)              GFor (320003@1)the girl with hour glass figure
  F (133211@1)               GTime (320003@1)runs out very fast
  C (x32010@1)                 EWe (022100@1)used to want the same things
      F (133211@1)              FmBut (133111@1)that's all in the past
       C (x32010@1)                EAnd (022100@1)lately it seems that as it all gets tougher
  F (133211@1)                        Fm (133111@1)                      F (133211@1)CYour (x32010@1)ideal of justice just becomes rougher and rougher

C (x32010@1)Em (022000@1)Am (x02210@1)     Am (x02210@1)       F (133211@1) C (x32010@1)        F (133211@1)  G (320003@1)C (x32010@1)Em (022000@1)AmValentine's (x02210@1)Day is over, it's over
     Am (x02210@1)       F (133211@1) C (x32010@1)  F (133211@1)CValentine's (x32010@1)Day is over

     C (x32010@1)            F (133211@1)                                   CThank (x32010@1)you for the things you bought me thank you for the card
     F (133211@1)            C (x32010@1)                  F (133211@1)            GThank (320003@1)you for the things you taught me when you hit me hard
      F (133211@1)                C (x32010@1)           F (133211@1)         CThat (x32010@1)love between two people must be based on understanding
     F (133211@1)                CUntil (x32010@1)that's true you'll find your things
      Dm (xx0231@1)                 G (320003@1)    F (133211@1)      C (x32010@1)     C (x32010@1)Em (022000@1)AmAll (x02210@1)stacked out on the landing surprise, surprise
     Am (x02210@1)       F (133211@1) C (x32010@1)        F (133211@1)  G (320003@1)C (x32010@1)Em (022000@1)AmValentine's (x02210@1)Day is over, it's over
     Am (x02210@1)       F (133211@1) C (x32010@1)       G (320003@1)name="chord_x32010@1">C         F (133211@1)name="chord_x32010@1">C         G (320003@1)name="chord_x32010@1">C
Valentine's Day is over, it's o-ver, it's o-ver, it's o-ver


Waiting For the Great Leap Forwards
It may have been Camelot for Jack and Jacqueline
But on the Che Guevara highway filling up with gasoline
Fidel Castro's brother spies a rich lady who's crying
Over luxury's disappointment
So he walks over and he's trying
To sympathize with her but thinks that he should warn her
That the Third World is just around the corner

In the Soviet Union a scientist is blinded
By the resumption of nuclear testing and he is reminded
That Dr Robert Oppenheimer's optimism fell
At the first hurdle

In the Cheese Pavilion and the only noise I hear
Is the sound of people stacking chairs
And mopping up spilt beer
And someone asking questions and basking in the light
Of the fifteen fame filled minutes of the fanzine writer

Mixing Pop and Politics he asks me what the use is
I offer him embarrassment and my usual excuses
While looking down the corridor
Out to where the van is waiting
I'm looking for the Great Leap Forwards

Jumble sales are organized and pamphlets have been posted
Even after closing time there's still parties to be hosted
You can be active with the activists
Or sleep in with the sleepers
While you're waiting for the Great Leap Forwards

One leap forwards, two leaps back
Will politics get me the sack?

Here comes the future and you can't run from it
If you've got a blacklist I want to be on it

It's a mighty long way down rock 'n roll
>From Top of the Pops to drawing the dole

If no one seems to understands
Start your own revolution, cut out the middleman

In a perfect world we'd all sing in tune
But this is reality so give me some room

So join the struggle while you may
The Revolution is just a t-shirt away
Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards


"Walk Away Renee"

She said it was just a figment of speech
And I said you mean 'figure'
And she said no 'figment' because she could never imagine it happening
But it did
When we first met, I played the shy-boy
When she spoke to me for the first time, my nose began to bleed
She guessed the rest
The next day we went on a bus ride to the ferry
And when nobody came to collect our fares, why I knew then this was
	something special
I couldn't stop thinking about her
And everytime I switched on the radio, there was somebody else singing
	asong (x02210@1)about the two of us
It was just like being on a fast ride at Fun Fair- the sort you want to get off
	because it's scary and then, as soon as you're off again, you want to
	get straight back on again
But oh love is strange
And you have to learn to take the crunchy with the smooth I suppose
She began going out with Mr. Potato Head
It was when I saw her in the car park with his coat around her shoulders
	I realized
I went home and thought about the two of them together until the bath
	water went cold around me
I thought about her eyes and the curve of her breasts and about the point
	where their bodies met
I confronted her about it
I said 'I'm the most illegible bachelor in town'
And she said 'Yea, that's why I can never understand any of those silly
	letters you send me'
And then one day it happened
She cut her hair
And I stopped loving her.

Have fun, francois...
Universite de Montreal

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