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Song: What a waste
Artist: Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Composers: Ian Dury & Rod Melvin (plus Chaz Jankel)

Tabbed by DJ ('DiddyD' on ultimateGuitar.com)
7th Jan 2013

Dm7 = x57565    Eb   = xx5343   Abm7 = 464444
Eb7 = xx1323    C    = x35553   Bbm  = x13321
F   = 133211    A7   = x02020   Bm   = x24432
G7  = 353433    Gbm7 = 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 a 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]
 Gbm7                      Abm7         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 I could yawn, and be withdrawn, and watch them gallop by!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 142 Feb 07, 2014 05:52 AM

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

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gertsy2000 10 Aug 14, 2016 08:24 PM

Ticket man at Fulham Broadway station? Really.

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