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Rock 'n' Roll Nerd

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Am
Doesn't have a problem with drugs,
                Dm
He just doesn't do them,
     G         
He's fine that his mates have tattoos,
                        Am
But he reckon's they'll rue them,

    Dm                      G
And all he's ever wanted to be
     C            G/B     Am   C/G
Is a rock star on RAGE or MTV,
       Dm                       G
But he knows that it's not very likely,
              E
Now that he's thirty he knows that...

E                 Am
   He will always be
              G
A rock'n'roll nerd,
                   C                    G/B
He'll keep writing songs the world will never hear,
    Am                  C/G
And though the won't be heard
              Dm/F        E (or minor - not sure)
He'll keep on writing, oh yeah,

        D               Gm
But you see the problem is
          C7                F
He always thought he'd be a star,
              Bb               Eb
But he learnt piano instead of guitar,
             D                            Gm
Which in the nineties didn't get you very far,
             C7                       F                     
So while the other kids were learning Stairway
           Bb             Eb
He was the piano to their forte,
           D
But he was convinced one day
                        Eb
He'd rock their fucking arses,
         D                            Eb
Or be an icon for the disenfranchised masses,
         D                               Eb
Grow his hair long and rebel against the state,
        Emb5               F
But for now that'd have to wait,
                    D/F#                 G         
'Cause he's running late for his morning classes.

          Cm
While his mates all stay out late,
        Eb              F
Popping pills and havin fun, 
                  Cm
He stays home and showers,
And gets a good eight hours,
            Eb                       F
He gets his thrills from his morning run,
          Cm
While his mates all go on dates,
       Eb                         F
Taking speed and drinking cans of Beam,
                  Cm
He stays home and cooks,
And curls up with a book,
                  Eb               F
And the girl he's had since he was seventeen

                         Gm
'Cause he's never really been part of the scene,
                           Bb
While the other kids liked Gunners he liked Queen,     
               C7
He's more into Beatles that the Stones,
                 Eb          F
He's more Stevie Wonder than Ramones,
         Gm
He never owned a panel van,
         Bb
He never shot a Sepultura fan,
                    C7
He doesn't know the difference between metal and thrash,
                     Eb                    F
He couldn't tell you nothing about Axl and Slash,
             Gm                     
He likes Ben Folds and The Jackson Five,
                 Bb
He knows all the words to Stayin' Alive,
                C7
And although he wants to be all grungy and cool
                Eb                 F
He spent eleven years in a private school,
              Gm
So it doesn't matter how hard he tries,
          Bb
He cannot hide behind his rock'n'roll lies,
                     C7
'Cause you've either got it or you don't,
                    Eb             F
Yeah, you'll either rock it or you won't,
                   Gm
You've either got it or you don't,
                    Bb
Yeah, you'll either rock it or you wont.

C7/// Eb// F// D/Gb// E/Ab//

                  F                G
You can criticise him and he won't care,
                   F                 C/E      D
'Cause he wants to rock, and he will never be deterred,
      F/G                                                      C
He'll always be a fucked-up little tryhard wannabe rock'n'roll nerd. 

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(lower case letters in brackets are octave notes instead of chords)




   Am
He doesn't have a problem with drugs
                Dm
He just doesn't get them
     G
He's fine that his mates have tattoos
                          Am
But he think's they'll regret them
   Am                                                       Dm
He likes going to pubs, but he hates it when the musics too loud
   G	                                                    Am
He tends not to go to rock concerts, cos he can't stand the crowds
    Dm                      G 
And all he's ever wanted to be
     C	          G/B    Am   C/G
Is a rock star on MTV
       Dm	                   G
But he knows that it's not fucking likely
	         Esus4
He's just turned thirty
	

              E	  (g   a  c)  Am
He knows that he, will always be
                G
A Rock and roll nerd
	           C	                G/B
He'll keep writing songs the world will never hear
    Am                 	C/G	               Dm/F   (d d d c a)  Em
And though they won't be heard he'll just keep writing,        oh  yeah
	D/F#	        Gm
But you see the problem is
	  C7	            F
He always dreamt of being a star,
	      Bb	       Eb
But he learnt piano instead of guitar
	     D	                           Gm
Which in the nineties, didn't get you very far



                   C7	               F
So while the other kids were learning Stairway
	   Bb	          Eb
He was the piano to their forte
	        D/F#                                 Eb
But he was convinced one day he'd rock their fucking arses
	   D	                       Eb
And be an icon for the disenfranchised masses
             D
And grow his hair long
	              Eb
And rebel against the state
	                         F
But just for now that'll have to wait
	          D/F#
Cos he's running late
	        Gm
For his morning classes

  
   (e  g    a c)   Am
And he will always be
	  G
A rock and roll nerd
	           C	            G/B
He'll keep playing gigs that no one knows about
    Am                  C/G                 Dm/F   (d d d c a)  Em     
And though it sounds absurd he'll just keep playing,       oh   yeah
	D/F#            Gm	
But you see the problem is
	          C7 	             F
There's not much depth in what he's singing
       Bb	     Eb
He's a victim of his upper middle class up-bringing
	          D	
So he can't write about the hood or bling bling
 Gm             C7	                  F
So he sits and imagines his girlfriend is dead
	               Bb	                 Eb
To try and invoke some angst in his middle class head
	                D
But the bitch is always fine, at half past nine
	        Gm
When they go to bed
                      C7	      F
And he’s not spent a single night in prison,
	  Bb               Eb 
He has no issues with nutrition

	       



                   D/F#                      Eb   
He has no drinking problem and no drug addiction
	    D	                            Eb
Unless you count the drugs they put in chicken
	 D	     Eb
And marijuana always tends to make him cough
	         F
He doesn't look good with his t-shirt off
	                 D/F#
And when he tries to act tough
	          Gm
You can tell he's trickin'

(g g Bb b c g Bb a g Eb F G Eb G/C)
babadabababababa




	


              Cm7
And while his mates all go out late
	Eb7	         F7
Popping pills and having fun
	         Cm7
He goes home and showers

And gets a good 8 hours
	    Eb7	                      F7
He gets his thrills from his morning run
	      Cm7
And while his mates

All go on dates
        Eb7	                      F7
Taking speed and drinking cans of Jim Beam
	          Cm7
He stays home and cooks
	        Eb7
Curls up with a book with the girl he's had
	               F7 F7 F7 Eb7 F7
Since he was seventeen
	

        
                      Gm
Cos he's never really been part of the scene
	        Bb
Give him Guns N Roses he'll take Queen
	       C7
He's more into Beatles, than the stones
	         Eb7	     F7
He's more Stevie Wonder than Ramones
               Gm
And he's never owned a Transit Van
	 Bb
He never shot a Panterra fan
	            C7             
He doesn't know the difference between metal and thrash
	             Eb7                   F7
He couldn't tell you nothing about Axl and Slash
	     Gm
He likes ben Folds and the Jackson 5
	         Bb
He knows all the words to Staying Alive
	      C7
And though he wants to be all grungy and cool
	         Eb7                F7
He spent eleven years at a private school
	   Gm
So it dont matter how he tries
	  Bb
He cannot hide behind his rock and roll lies
	          C7
Cos you've either got it or you don't
	           Eb	       F
Yeah you'll either rock or you won't
	           Gm	                 C7            Bb
Yeah you've either got it or you don't  (got it or you don’t)
	           Bb                   C7   Eb   F   Ab  Am
Yeah you'll either rock or you won't (babadababadababadabawoo)


Am	                                                  Dm
He knows that his music lacks depth, but it just can't be helped
       G	                                         Am
He has nothing interesting to say, so he writes about himself
       Am	                                                 Dm
But he doesn't want to seem self-obsessed, so he writes in third person
         G                                                     	Am
In an attempt to seem more rock and roll but he suspects it's not working


    Dm                   G
And deep in his heart he knows he
     C	      G/B     Am     C/G
Will never be Bono or Bowie
    Dm                   G
And even if he was quite pretty
	              E
With small pants like Kylie
	

              Esus4           Am
He knows that he, will always be
	        G
A rock and roll nerd
	           C	                 G/B
He'll keep writing songs the world don’t care about
    Am                   C/G   	                Dm/F        Em7	
And though they won't be heard he'll just keep writing, oh yeah, yeah
               F	           G
You can criticise him but he won't care
	        F
Cos he wants to rock
	    C/E         D
And he will never be deterred
	  F/G
But he'll always be a fucked up little

Try-hard wannabe
	      Am   E/G#   C/G   D/F#   F   G   Am
Rock and roll nerd