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The State Im In 2  Belle and Sebastian

[C#] I was sur[B]prised, I was [F#]happy for a [B]day in 19[C#]75[B]
[A#m]I was puzzled [G#m]by a dream, it [F#]stayed with me all [B]day in 19[C#]95[B]
[A#m]My brother [G#m]had confessed [F#]he was gay
it [B]took the heat off [C#]me for a while[B]
A#m(C#) G#m(B) (in some later verses)
He stood up with a sailor friend
And [F#]made it known u[B]pon my sister's [C#]wedding day[B] [A#m] [G#m] [C#]
(not before chorus)
I got married in a rush to save a kid from being deported,
now she's in love
I was so touched, I was moved to kick the crutches
from my crippled friend
She was not impressed 'cause I cured her on the sabbath,
so I went to confess
When she saw the funny side, we introduced my child bride
to whisky and gin, to whisky and gin
The priest in the booth had a photographic memory for all he had heard
He took all of my sins and he wrote a pocket nocvel called
The State I Am In
So I gave myself to god, there was a pregnant pause before he said OK
Now I spend my days turning tables round in Marks and Spencers,
they don't seem to mind
[F#]  I gave myself to sin
I [A#m]gave myself to providence
And [E]I've been there and back again
The [G#m]state that I am in              (x2)
Oh love of mine, could you condescend to help me
'cause I'm stupid and blind
Desperation is the devil's work, it is the folly of a boy's empty mind
Now I'm feeling dangerous, riding on city buses for a hobby is sad
Leave me to a living and
I promised that I'd entertain my crippled friend, my crippled friend
I gave myself to sin
I gave myself to providence
And I've been there and back again
The state that I am in (x4)
I [B]gave myself to sin and [F#]I've been there and back again, oh [C#]yeah
Belle & Sebastian fans would be well advised to browse Paul
Mitchell's appealing site 'Sinister' at

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