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Date: Wed, 5 Jun 1996 14:57:52 -0400

Subject: TAB: Tattoo By: WHO




By The Who

written by Pete Townshend

>From The Who Sell Out, 1967



transcribed by



Bb+b5: xx8760

Fmaj7: xx7560

Cadd9: xx5530

Bbadd9+b5: xx3310 (denoted by BbII below)

D/C#: x4x232 or x4x23x

G/B: x20033 or x2003x

Dadd2: xx0230

D: xx0232

Ano3rd: x02255


[intro and verse pattern]

| Bb+b5 | Fmaj7 | Cadd9 | 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

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, tat-too








D [as above] D D

I'm a man now, thanks to you

D D/C#

I expect I'll regret you


But the skin graft man won't get you

G Asus4 Ano3 Bb+b5 Fmaj7 Cadd9 BbII

You'l be there when I die tattoo


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





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