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Belle And Sebastian - The State Im In Tabs

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The State Im In Tabs

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Belle And Sebastian
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(Dog on Wheels Version)
By Belle & Sebastian

C#        B             F#          B        C#  B
 I was surprised, I was happy for a day in 1975
A#m           G#m            F#                 B        C#  B
I was puzzled by a dream, it stayed with me all day in 1995
A#m        G#m           F# 
My brother had confessed he was gay
   B                 C#             B
it took the heat off me for a while
   A#m(C#)         G#m(B)           (in some later verses)
He stood up with a sailor friend
    F#             B               C#           B   A#m G#m (C#)
And made it known upon my sister's wedding day
(not before chorus)

I got married in a rush to save a kid from being deported,
now she's in love 
I was so touched, I was moved to kick the crutches 
She was not impressed 'cause I cured her on the sabbath, 
so I went to confess 
When she saw the funny side, we introduced my child bride
to whisky and gin, to whisky and gin

The priest in the booth had a photographic memory for all he had heard
He took all of my sins and he wrote a pocket nocvel called
The State I Am In 
So I gave myself to god, there was a pregnant pause before he said OK
Now I spend my days turning tables round in Marks and Spencers,
they don't seem to mind

  I gave myself to sin
I gave myself to providence
And I've been there and back again
The state that I am in              (x2)

Oh love of mine, could you condescend to help me
'cause I'm stupid and blind
Desperation is the devil's work, it is the folly of a boy's empty mind
Now I'm feeling dangerous, riding on city buses for a hobby is sad
Leave me to a living and 
I promised that I'd entertain my crippled friend, my crippled friend

I gave myself to sin
I gave myself to providence
And I've been there and back again
The state that I am in              (x4)

  B                      F#                                 C#
I gave myself to sin and I've been there and back again, oh yeah

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