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Substitute

The Who


Riff x2

/ D - - - / - - - - / - - - - / - - - - /

 

D                  G                          D(x2)

You think we look pretty good together

D                     G                      D(x2)

You think my shoes are made of leather

 

Bridge 1 (each chord gets two beats):

                Em      G          Em         G

But I'm a substitute    for another guy

    Em             G               Em               G

I look pretty tall   but my heels are high

        Em                     G             Em         G

The simple things you see are all complicated

    Em             G                 Em           G       A(x2)

I look pretty young but I'm just back dated, yeah

 

Chorus 1 (w/riff)

D        A/D       G/D    D

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               Your lies for fact

  D             A/D      G/D                D

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I see right through your plastic mac

     D         A/D          G/D               D

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I look all white but my dad was black

D                        A/D          G/D                D (hold x2)

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     My fine looking suit's really made out of sack

 

D                           G                    D(x2)

I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth

        D                               G                                       D(x2)

The north side of my town faced east and the east was facing south

 

Bridge 2 (each chord gets two beats):

                     Em      G         Em         G

And now you dare to look me in the eye

            Em           G          Em         G

Those crocodile tears are what you cry

            Em           G        Em            G

If it's a genuine problem you won't try

       Em              G          Em     G              A(x2)

To work it out at all, just pass it by, pass it by

 

Chorus 2 (w/riff)

D        A/D  G/D    D

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                    Me for him

D        A/D     G/D    D

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                My Coke for gin

D        A/D     G/D    D

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               You for my Mum

      D        A/D     G/D    D (hold x2)

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At least I'll get my washing done

 

Bass Solo:

/ D - - - / G - - - / D - - - / - - - - / (x2)

 

Bridge 1

 

Riff x4 (hold last D x2)

 

D                           G                    D(x2)

I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth

        D                               G                                       D(x2)

The north side of my town faced east and the east was facing south

 

Bridge 2

 

Chorus 2 (don’t hold last chord)

 

Chorus 1


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