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Be Prepared

Tom Lehrer


Strum: B   D   B   D     w/Alternating Bass

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


       32 1

C:    x32010


F:    133211


D7:   xx0212

      3    1

G7:   3x0001


E7:    022130

        1 3

A7:   x02020


C7:    x32310


D:    xx0232


Intro: / C - F - / D7 - G7 - / C - - - / - - G7 - /


             C (2)

Be prepared, that's the Boy Scout's marching song

           G7 (2)

Be prepared, as through life you march along

           C (½)                    E7 (½)            A7

Be prepared to hold your liquor pretty well

                   D7                                                G7

Don't write naughty words on walls if you can't spell


           C (2)

Be prepared to hide that pack of cigarettes

                    G7 (2)

Don't make book if you cannot cover bets

                   C (½)                 C7 (½)                         F

Keep those reefers hidden where you're sure that they will not be found

             D (½)                D7 (½)                        G

And be careful not to smoke them when the scoutmaster's around

           C (½)         F (½)               D7 (½)    G7 (½)                        

For he only will insist that it be shared

         / C - - - / - - G7 - /

Be prepared


           C (2)

Be prepared, that's the Boy Scouts' solemn creed

           G7 (2)

Be prepared, and be clean in word and deed

            C (½)             E7 (½)                 A7

Don't solicit for your sister, that's not nice

                   D7                                        G7

Unless you get a good percentage of her price


             C (2)

Be prepared, and be careful not to do

                    G7 (2)

Your good deeds when there's no one watching you

               C (½)             C7 (½)           F

If you're looking for adventure of a new and different kind

              D (½)               D7 (½)                G

And you come across a Girl Scout who is similarly inclined

               C (½)                    F (½)                    D7 (½)        G7 (½)                        

Don't be nervous, don't be flustered, don't be scared,

         / C - - - / - G7 (hold) C (hold) /

Be prepared

This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.