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What A Waste Chords

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Song: What a waste
Artist: Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Composers: Ian Dury & Rod Melvin (plus Chaz Jankel)
Tabbed by: DJ
7th Jan 2013

Dm7 = x57565    Eb   = x46664   G#m7 = 464444
Eb7 = x46464    C    = x35553   Bbm  = x13321
F   = 133211    A7   = x02020   Bm   = x24432
G7  = 353433    F#m7 = 242222   Cm   = x35543

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[Intro]
  Dm7            Eb7            Dm7            Eb7
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse 1]
Dm7
 I could be the driver in articulated lorry,
Eb7
 I could be a poet, I wouldn't need to worry,
Dm7                     
 I could be the teacher in a classroom full of scholars,
Eb7
 I could be the Sergeant in a Squadron full of wallahs!
         F            Eb7           F             G
What a waste! What a waste! What a waste! What a waste!


[Chorus]
            C
Because I chose to play the fool in a six-piece band,
 A7
First night nerves every one-night stand,
Dm7
 I should be glad ...to be so inclined!
        Eb             Eb               G7   G7    C
What a waste!  What a waste!  Rock 'n' Roll don't mind! (Schtum!)
         ^              ^               ^     ^     ^

[Link]
   Dm7           Eb7            Dm7            Eb7
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse 2]
Dm7
 I could be a lawyer, with stratagems and ruses,
Eb7
 I could be a doctor, with poultices and bruises,
Dm7                     
 I could be writer with a growing reputation,
Eb7
 I could be the ticket man at Fulham Broadway Station!
         F            Eb7            F            G
What a waste! What a waste! What a waste! What a waste!


[Chorus]
            C
Because I chose to play the fool in a six-piece band,
 A7
First night nerves every one-night stand,
Dm7
 I should be glad to be so inclined!
         Eb            Eb        G7  G7     C
What a waste!  What a waste, but I  don't mind!
         ^              ^        ^    ^     ^

[Break]
 F#m7                           G#m7           Bbm
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

  Bbm  Bm Cm             Cm Bm Bbm   Dm7            Eb7
|  /   /__/  /  /  |  /__/   /__/  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |
   ^   ^  ^


[Verse 3]
Dm7
 I could be the catalyst that sparks a revolution,
Eb7
 I could be an inmate in a long term institution,
Dm7
 I could lead to wild extremes, I could do or die,
Eb7
 I could yawn, and be withdrawn, and watch them gallop by!
         F            Eb7            F            G
What a waste! What a waste! What a waste! What a waste!


[Chorus]
            C
Because I chose to play the fool in a six-piece band,
 A7
First night nerves every one-night stand,
Dm7                                           Eb             Eb
 I should be glad to be so inclined!  What a waste!  What a waste!
                                               ^              ^
         G7    G7     C
Rock 'n' Roll don't mind!  Ah-------------------!
          ^     ^  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

   A7                            Dm7
   Ah------------------------!    Ah-----------------------!
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

          Eb             Eb
( What a waste!  What a waste!)
          ^               ^

[Chorus]
G7  G7     C
^   ^    Chose to play the fool in a six-piece band,
 A7
First night nerves every one-night stand,
Dm7
 I should be glad to be so inclined!
        Eb             Eb                G7   G7    C
What a waste!  What a waste!   Rock 'n' Roll don't mind!
         ^              ^                ^     ^    ^
        Eb             Eb                G7   G7    C
What a waste!  What a waste!   Rock 'n' Roll don't mind!
         ^              ^                ^     ^    ^

[Instrumental Chorus]
   C                             A7
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

  Dm7                            Eb    Eb       G7 G7 C
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |
                                 ^     ^        ^  ^  ^

[Chorus]
 C
Chose to play the fool in a six-piece band,
 A7
First night nerves every one-night stand,
Dm7
 I should be glad to be so inclined!
        Eb             Eb                G7   G7    C
What a waste!  What a waste!   Rock 'n' Roll don't mind!
         ^              ^                ^     ^    ^
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JohnnySardine 472 wrote on February 7 2014, 10:52 am

Excellent. Benn waiting for this one for ages... thanks for posting.

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gertsy2000 14 wrote on August 15 2016, 12:24 am

Ticket man at Fulham Broadway station? Really.

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DiddyD 17,061 wrote on August 15 2016, 09:10 am

Not sure exactly what your comment is meant to imply, gertsy, but that's exactly what I hear. What do you hear? According to what I can find out, this District Line underground station had it's name changed to Fulham Broadway in 1952 when Ian Dury was around 10 years old. When I heard this single when it was first released in 1978, I thought he said Fulham railway station, but that station (Chelsea and Fulham station) was closed down before Ian was even born.
Now the underground ticket offices are all going the way of history too.

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