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Why Did I Fall For That

By The Who

>From It's Hard, 1982

Written by Pete Townshend ©1981 Towser Tunes Inc./Eel Pie Publishing Ltd.



transcribed by



[guitar: capo on 1]


Eb xx1346 and xx1886

Cm xx1588 and xx5543 and xx 10 888

Bb x13355 and x18761

Fm 133111

Eb/Bb x11343

Ab/Bb x11144

F/Bb x13211

Bbsus4 x1335x



[bass figure]















Eb (Bb) Cm (Bb) Eb

The streets of the future littered with remains

(Bb) Cm (Bb) Eb

Of both the fools and the so-called brains

(Bb) Cm (Bb) Eb

The whole prediction is enough to kill

(Bb) Cm Bb Ab

But only God knows if it won't or it will


Bb Ab/Bb Eb/Bb F/Bb Bb Ab/Bb

Nobody knows why we fell so flat

Bb Ab/Bb Bb Eb/Bb F/Bb Bb Ab/Bb

Some silly creature said we'd never crack

Bb Ab/Bb Eb/Bb F/Bb Cm

But most would just survive and then bounce back

F/A G/B Cm Fm Eb/G

But the rest are crying, "Why'd I fall for that crap"

Ab Bbsus4 Eb

Why did I fall for that?


So many rash promises sincerly made

By people who believed that we were being saved

They made us all believe that we were acting white

But truth is we've forgotten how we used to fight


Nobody knows why we fell so flat

We're impotent and neutered like whining cats

We've found the piper but we've lost the rats

But the kids are crying, "Why'd you fall for that, dad?"

Why did you fall?


||: D (A)| Bm (A):||4








[keyboard solo]

||: D (A)| Bm (A):||3


D A Bm

It never rained under my umbrella


||: D A | Bm A :||4


| G/A D/ A | E/A A | G/A D/A | E/A A |


| Ab/Bb Eb/Bb | F/Bb Bb | Bb Bb | Bb Bb | (Eb)



Four minutes to midnight on a sunny day

Maybe if we smile the clock'll fade away

Maybe we can force the hands to just reverse

Maybe is a word, maybe maybe's a curse


Nobody knows why we fell so flat

We've never been taught to fight or face up to facts

We simply believe that we'd remain intact

But history is asking "Why did you fall for that?"

Why did you fall?


Bm A D A

Why did I fall for that

Why did I fall for that

Why did I fall for that






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