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The Short Answer  Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg - The Short Answer

From the album: Workers Playtime
Posted by Matt Quinn on - all corrections & improvements welcome
Capo on the second fret on the album version.
C x32010
G/B x20010
Am x02210
G 320003
Em 022000
[F]F/E [113211]013211
Dm xx0231
Bass runs in the verse:
Run 1: Leading into the first C chord of each of the first two lines, run up from the G
on the bottom string.
Run 2: Leading into the first F chord of the third line, run up from the C on fifth string.
Run 1 Run 2

In the long F bit (3rd and 4th line of the verse), you can play around with
alternatively removing and replacing your finger on the 6th string - that is,
alternating between F and F/E chords.
He certainly seems to do that live; can't really tell on the album version.
Be-[C]tween Marx and [G/B]marzi-[Am]pan in the [G]dictiona-[C]ry [G]there was [C]Mary
Be-[C]tween the [G/B]deep blue [Am]sea and the [G]devil,[C] [G]that was [C]me
[F] If ever [G]anyone could [F]help me with my obsession with
The young Susannah [G]York it was Ma-a-[C]ry[G/B] [Am] [G] [C] [G] [C]
In my pink pyjamas, she asked me for something, I gave her the short answer
She read our stars out loud, and I knew then that we should have gone sailing
But we stayed home instead, fighting on the waterbed
Like the honeymoon couple on drugs - me and Mary
What happened in the past, remained a mystery of natural history
She should have been the last, but she was just the latest
If she wanted to be a farmer's wife, I would endure that muddy life
I would dig for victory
And the s[Am]ound of happy couples
Coupling [Em]happily in the dark
While [F]you and I sat [C]down to tea
I [F]remember you [C]said to me
That [Am]no amount of poetry
Would [Em]mend this broken heart
But [Dm]you can put the Hoover round
If you [F]want to make a st-[G]art
(verses again)
All my friends from school introduce me to their spouses
While I'm left standing here with my hands down the front of my trousers
I just don't know what's to be done; I wonder sometimes how did Dad meet Mum?
And how did they conceive of me? Tell me Mary
The boys who came to the shop always made her laugh much more than I did
When I told her this must stop she didn't bat an eyelid
She said you know honey it's such a shame you'll never be any good at this game
You bruise too easily - so said Mary
Her two brothers took me out of circulation for the duration
So we went our separate ways but does she still love me? She still has my door key
Like a bully boy in a Benetton shop, you're never happy with what you've got
Till what you've got has gone - sorry Mary*
Lyrics sung over the same chord riff as above: (F-F G C-C C).
*Riff starts on second syllable of 'Mary' in last verse and is played a couple of times before outro lyrics start.
For the [F]ta[-]ll [F]girl[G] [C-C] [C]
For the [F]ba[-]re[F]foot [G]girl[C-C] [C]
For the [F]girl wi[-]th the [F]soap in her [G]mouth and the [C]stars[-] in [C]her hai[C]r
For the [F]bro[-]wn-[F]eyed [G]girl[C-C] [C]
(repeat chord riff to fade)

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