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G  Em  G  Em C  G  C  D

[Verse 1]
   G                              Em
A book on household plants gently slipped from her grasp
        G                          Em
And her breathing became deeper, familiar and calm
          C                                 G
And only when she'd shifted her body weight slightly
             C                                 D  
And sunk her head into the softer of those two duck feathered pillows
      G                               Em
Only then did Albert lean over to his wifes side of the bed
G                      Em
Flick the lamp off and then in total darkness
    C                        G
And wearing his trusty blue striped pyjamas
 C                     D
Heaved his heavy frame from his fake slumber
         G                      Em                         G        
Made his way carefully past the cumbersome ottoman and the precarious shoe rack
Em                           C               D
Trying not to breathe he was silent, he was stealth

[Verse 2]
               G                              Em                       G
Aware of every creak on the staircase he used her fluffy slippers as a softener
Cushioning each footstep on the way down
       C                         G                           C                        D
At the foot of the stairs was a cupboard and inside behind a secret panel was his costume
      G                       Em                 G                           Em
He disrobed, briefly naked, guilty, excitingly nude in his own house so late at night
    C                       G                      C           D
The costume it thrilled him and made him giggle in practically equal measure
      G                          Em                                 G         
Tight jeans, black tight t-shirt with the words "iron maiden" writ large
      Em                C                    G
He pulled on his leather jacket and his Doc Martens
       C         D        G  
And he went out into the cold

              Em                      G
Cause you see Albert went out to see rock bands
C                          G
Stayed up til the morning light
       C                   G
You're only as old as you feel they say
    C           D      G
And Albert was feeling alright

G   Em   G   Em

[Verse 3]
   G                    Em                          G                                   Em           
A 77 year old man head-banging in a mosh pit can go easily unnoticed particularly when everyone else is 
headbanging in a mosh pit
                         G                                C                         G
And although Albert felt uncomfortable at times, that was mostly due to the lack of give in his jeans
        C               D
He felt joyful, he felt alive
            G                     Em 
In fact the louder the music, the more he enjoyed it
     G                            Em
This pastime meant for teenagers, he embraced the strangeness
    C                         G                 C                   D
The sweat of a stranger, the thud of a bassline pumping through his veins
             G                      Em
At one point Albert threw both arms up in the air
              G                              Em                        C
Pulled his two middle fingers down with his thumbs and made the "rock" gesture
                G                      C                              G                             C
As hundreds of kids moved as one, with him in their throngs screaming words to the songs they'd all learnt 
in their bedrooms at home
         G                             Em                     G                            Em              
When the band finished playing he went out into the street in search of more adventures, revelling in his 
              C        D
late blooming teenage rebellion.

          G                         Em
Still his clock it ticked on in his bedroom at home
       G                              Em                           C                     G               
As his wife fast asleep was seemingly unaware he was buying cheap cider and eating an offensively large  
                 C                D
kebab from a confused high street vendor.
     G                    Em                               G                 Em
He intended to stay up as late as he could, soaking up the motion of cars he got himself lost in a park, 
C              D
played drunken air guitar
              Am                     C                      C/B                            D
And still the clock ticked on in his bedroom at home as he recaptured a batch of his youth all alone

              C                      G
Cause you see Albert went out to see rock bands
C                          G
Stayed up til the morning light
       C                   G
You're only as old as you feel they say
    C           D      G
And Albert was feeling alright

G   Em   G   Em

[Verse 4]
      G                    Em            
Round 5am Albert found his way back to his street
        G                           Em                 C                    D
As the sun peeked its face behind a neatly oval shaped hill, heralding the dawn of the day
          G                         Em                         G                         Em
He looked up at his house and then down at his shoes, those Doc Martens as dark as the night was two 
hours before
                  G                                  C     D        
"Oh this has been brilliant" Albert said out loud
                 G                             Em
But then he bent down, pulled his shoes off, undid his yellow laces
       G                             Em                    C
And he tied them together, threw them up to the sundusted sky
                          G                            C                           G                   
Landing perfectly on the electrical wires like on the streets of New York next to 5 other pairs that he'd
C              D 
thrown there before
           G                                 Em                               G               Em
He quietly opened his front door, pulled himself out of his t-shirt, and his jacket, and his jeans
           Em                          C                 G                         C  D      G   
Found his blue striped pyjamas, crept back upstairs, got back into bed and fell instantly asleep
        G                                         Em                           G                  Em
Alberts wife opened her eyes, looked through the crack in the curtains onto a line of dirty black boots
    C                      D                                G
She smiled to herself, just pleased that he'd made it home safe

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