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The White Stripes

"Effect and Cause"

From the album "Icky Thump"


If you have heard their cover of Loretta Lynn's "Rated X", it is very similar, strumming wise. 


Intro: C G C

C                                         G                    C
I guess you have to have a problem if you want to invent a contraption
C                                                  G
First You Cause a train wreck, then you put me in traction
C
First came an action, then a reaction
        F
But you can't switch around for your own satisfaction
         C                             G           C
Well you burnt my house down, then got mad at my reaction


C                             G                     C
Well in every complicated situation of the human relation
C                                                  G
To make sense of it all, takes a whole lotta concentration
C
Well you can blame a baby, for her pregnant ma'
       F
And if theres one of these unavoidable laws
              C                     G                    C
It's that you just can't take the effect and make it the cause


Chorus
          F                    F
You can't take the effect, and make it the cause
        C                       C
I did't rob a bank, because you made up the law
      F                     F
Blame me for robbing Peter, don't you blame Paul
          C 
You can't take the effect and make it the cause


C                                      G                     C
I ain't the reason that you gave me no reason to return your call
C                                                            G
You built a house of cards and got shocked when you saw them fall
C
Well, I ain't saying I'm innocent, in fact the reverse
              F
But if you're headed to the grave, you don't blame the hearse
C                                        G                           C
You're like a little girl yelling at her brother 'cause you lost his ball


C                                     G                   C
Well you keep blaming me for what you did, and that ain't all
C                                                  G
The way you clean up a wreck is enough to give one pause
C
You seem to forget just how this all started
      F 
I'm reacting to you because you left me broken hearted
C                             G                     C                
See, you just can't take the effect and make it the cause



Chorus
          F                    F
You can't take the effect, and make it the cause
         C                       C
I didn't rob a bank, becuase you made up the law
      F                     F   
Blame me for robbing Peter, dont you blame Paul
          C
You can't take the effect, and make it the cause

"C"

            
            
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