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The Home Front  Billy Bragg

D G D Bm A x2
[D]Father mows the lawn and Mother peels potatoes[G]
Grandma [D]lays the [Bm]table [A]alone
[D]And adjusts a photograph of the unknown soldier[G]
In this [D]Holy of [Bm]Holies the [A]Home
[G]And from the [D]TV an [Em]unwatched [F#m]voice
Suggests [G]the answer [D]is to plant more [Em]trees[F#m]
[G]The scrawl on the [D]wall says [Em]what about the [F#m]workers
And the [G]voice of the [D]people says [Em]more salt [F#m]please
[D]Mother shakes her head and reads aloud from the newspaper[G]
And Father [D]puts another [Bm]lock on the [A]door
[D]And reflects upon the violent times that we are living in[G]
While chatting [D]to the wife [Bm]beater next [A]door
[G]If para[D]dise to you is [Em]cheap beer and [F#m]overtime
[G]Home [D]truths are easily [Em]missed[F#m]
[G]Something that [D]every [Em]football [F#m]fan knows
[G]It only takes five [D]fingers to [F#m]form a [A]fist[Bm]
And when it [A]rains here, it rains so [Em]hard[F#m]
[Em]But never [F#m]hard enough to [G]wash away the [A]sorrow
[Em]I'll trade my [F#m]love today for a [G]greater love [A]tomorrow
[Em]The lonely [F#m]child looks out and [G]dreams of [A]independence
From this [Em]famil[F#m]y life [G]sentence[A]
[D]Mother sees but does not read the peeling posters[G]
And can't [D]believe that there's a [Bm]world to be [A]won
[D]But in the public schools and in the public houses[G]
The [D]Battle of [Bm]Britain goes [A]on
[G]The constant [D]promise of [Em]jam [F#m]tomorrow
Is the [G]New Breeds [D]litany and [Em]verse[F#m]
[G]If it takes another [D]war to fill the [Em]churches of [F#m]England
Then the [G]world the meek [D]inherit, what [Em]will it be [F#m]worth
[D]Mother fights the tears and father, his sense of outrage[G]
And attempts to [D]justify the [Bm]sacri[A]fice
[D]To pass their creed down to another generation[G]
Any[D]thing for the [Bm]quite [A]life
[G]In the [D]Land of a [Em]Thousand [F#m]Doses
Where [G]nostalgia is the [D]opium of the [Em]age[F#m]
[G]Our place in [D]history is as [Em]clock [F#m]watchers
[G]Old [D]timers, [Em]window [F#m]shoppers
D G D Bm A x4

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