FREE Christmas Carol Songbook

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    Be Prepared

    Tom Lehrer

     

    Strum: B   D   B   D     w/Alternating Bass

           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

     

           32 1

    C:    x32010

          134211

    F:    133211

             213

    D7:   xx0212

          3    1

    G7:   3x0001

            2314

    E7:    022130

            1 3

    A7:   x02020

            3241

    C7:    x32310

             132

    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.