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Cheap Trick


/ G#5/A# - - - / - - - - / A#5 - - - / - - - - / x2


 B5                    F#5                   E5                         B5

Mother told me, yes, she told me I'd meet girls like you

      B5                    F#5                   E5                              B5
She also told me, "Stay away, you'll never know what you'll catch"

 E5                  F#5              B5 (2)
Just the other day I heard a soldier falling off

        E5               F#5                   B5 (2)

some Indonesian junk that's going round


  B5                      G#5                       F#5                     E5
Mommy's alright, Daddy's alright, they just seem a little weird

      B5            G#5           F#5                        E5 (4)
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away


/ A5/B - - - / - - - - / B5 - - - / - - - - / x2


B5                         F#5                         E5                 B5
Father says, "Your mother's right, she's really up on things"

        B5                    F#5                          E5                      B5
"Before we married, Mommy served in the WACS in the Philippines"

        E5                       F#5               B5 (2)
Now, I had heard the WACS recruited old maids for the war

        E5               F#5                       B5 (2)
But mommy isn't one of those, I've known her all these years



/ A5/B - - - / - - - - / B5 - - - / - - - - / x2

       C5                   G5                        F5                C5
Whatever happened to all this season's losers of the year?

C5               G5                        F5                     C5
Ev'ry time I got to thinking, where'd they disappear?

F5                       G5                       C5 (2)
When I woke up, Mom and Dad are rolling on the couch

F5                       G5                          C5 (2)
Rolling numbers, rock and rolling, got my Kiss records out

Chorus 2:
  C5                      A5                           G5                       F5
Mommy's alright, Daddy's alright, they just seem a little weird

      C5             A5             G5                          F5 (4)
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away


C5  F5   C5  G5

Away                    x2


      C5            A5             G5                           F5
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away     x12


End on C5

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.