To Be a Dad  (Difford/Tilbrook)
TEMPO: Slow 12/8 (count 3 triplets per / beat)

INTRO:

Am / / / Ab / / / F / / /
(Arpeggio: gdc gdc ......)

C / / F C / / F

VERSE 1:

    C          /            /           Dm
    I lost the children but they can be found

    Am        /         /           Fm
    Home in a red house just across town

    C          /        /         B7
    Sitting in boxes of opened up toys

    Em           /
    Watching The Simpsons

        Bb          F     /  /
    And making some noise

    F#m        C#m      /  /
    I lost the children

        G                D     /  /
    But they're in great hands

         F#m        C#m     /  /
    When I cook the dinners

          G          C    /  /  F  C  /  /  F
    Right out of tin cans

VERSE 2:

    I lost the children
    And I have to pay
    Some heavy duty on life everyday
    Cupboards need filling
    With deadlines to meet
    Here in my cheque book
    My fountain pen weeps
    I should be thankful
    And thankful am I
    I went to the cleaners

             G            D  /  /  G  D  /  /  G  D  /  /  G  D  /  /  G
    And came back with my life

CHORUS:

          D         /             /
    For a moment it all looked so grim

              G            D         /      /  G
    It looked like I would not get a thing

          D         /             /
    For a moment it all looked so sad

            G            D       /   /
    But now itís so good to be a dad

INSTRUMENTAL:

F#m C#m / / G

Am / / / Ab / / / F / / /
(Arpeggio: gdc gdc ......)

C / / F C / / F

VERSE 3: (as VERSE 2)

    I lost the children
    They haven't lost me
    We're still together and happy to be
    Out in the summer
    On beaches in parks
    Home in the winter and up with the larks
    I should be thankful
    And thankful am I
    I went to the cleaners
    And came back with my life

CHORUS: (as before)

    From pushchairs to games of football
    My back was against every wall
    For a moment it all looked so sad
    But now it's so good to be a dad

CHORUS: (as before)

    For a moment it all looked so grim
    It looked like I would not get a thing
    For a moment it all looked so sad
    But now itís so good to be a dad

    F#m        C#m      /  /
    I lost the children

         G            D
    They haven't lost me

OUTRO:
    D / / G D / / G D6 / / G D6 / / G D

Transcribed by Tony Andrews (andrewst@bigfoot.com)