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by The Who
>From The Who Sell Out, 1967
Written by Pete Townshend 1967 Fabulous Music Inc./Towser Tunes Ltd

transcribed by

Bb+b5        xx8760
Fmaj7        xx7560
Cadd9        xx5530
Bbadd9+b5    xx3310 (denoted by BbII below)
D/C#         x4x232 
G6/B         x20032
A6sus4 (D/A) x00232 or x02232
Dadd2        xx0230
D            xx0232
G            3x0033
A5           x02255

[intro and verse pattern]
|Bb+b5       |Fmaj7       |Cadd9       |Bbadd9+b5   |Bbadd9+b5   |

Bb+b5                 |Fmaj7
Me and my brother were talking to each other
     |Cadd9        BbII |Dadd2        |
About what makes a man a man

      |Bb+b5              |Fmaj7
Was it brain or brawn, the month you were born
  |Cadd9         BbII|Dadd2   |D
We just couldn't understand
   |D              G         |D        D Dsus4 D
Our old man didn't like our appearance
            |D          G        |Asus4     Ano3
He said that only women wear long hair

  |Bb+b5                     |Fmaj7
So me and my brother borrowed money from mother
  |Cadd9              |BbII   Dadd2
We knew what we had to do
  |Bb+b5                    |Fmaj7
We went downstairs, past the barber and gymnasium
   |Cadd9          |BbII  Dadd2 |D    |
And got our arms tattooed

|D             D       |D     Dsus D |
 Welcome to my life, tattoo 

     |D        D        |D    Dsus4 D  |
I'm a man now, thanks to you
     |     %            |      %       |

   |     D              D/C#
I expect I'll regret you
       |           G6/B            A6sus4
But the skin graft man won't get you
      |G              |A5*  |A5    |Bb+b5 |Fmaj7 |Cadd9 |BbII   |    |
You'll be there when I die       tattoo 

  [note: A5* played as Asus4 in stage versions]

My dad beat me 'cause mine said mother
But my mother naturally liked it and beat my brother
'Cause his tattoo was of a lady in the nude
And my mother thought that was extremely rude

Welcome to my life, tattoo
We've a long time together, me and you
I expect I'll regret you
But the skin graft man won't get you
You'll be there when I die, tattoo

Now I'm older, I'm tattooed all over
My wife is tattooed, too
A rooty-toot-toot, rooty-tooty-tooty-toot
Rooty-toodle-toodle tattoo too to you