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xA|---------| -x4-

xA|---------| -x2-

xA|-------------------------| -x1-

       C -first riff-                                            Am
By the time I was your age I’d give anything to fall in love truly
                                   F -second riff-
was all I could think, that’s when I met your mother the girl of my dreams,
         G -third riff-
the most beautiful woman that I’d ever seen.
She said, “Boy can I tell you a wonderful thing?”
“I can’t help but notice you staring at me,
I know I shouldn’t say this, but I really believe,
I can tell by your eyes that you’re in love with me.”

    F        G      Am                       F           G
Now son, I’m only telling you this because life can do terrible things.

Now most of the time we’d have too much to drink
and we’d laugh at the stars and share everything.
Too young to notice and too dumb to care,
love was a story that couldn’t compare.
I said girl can I tell you a wonderful thing?
“I made you a present with paper and string,
open with care now, I’m asking you please,
you know that I love you, will you marry me?”

    F        G    Am                       F           G
Now son, I’m only telling you this because life can do terrible things.
       F         G          Am                   F             G
You’ll learn one day, and I hope and I pray that God shows you differently.

She said, “Boy can I tell you a terrible thing?
“It seems that I’m sick and I’ve only got weeks.
Please don’t be sad now, I really believe,
You were the greatest thing that ever happened to me.”

F        G       Am            
Slow, so slow, I fell to the ground on my knees.

So don’t fall in love there’s just too much to lose
if you’re given the choice, I’m begging you choose to
walk away, walk away,
don’t let it get you, I can’t bare to see the same happen to you.

   F        G    Am                       F           G
Now son, I’m only telling you this because life can do terrible things.
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  1. cheyenne2003

    But is there a tab that I can learn how to not cry when playing this?

  2. Rachel Denton

    I think it sounds better if you change back to the starting chord at the end, so if you didn’t transpose it, then C. It just finishes it, it’s called a perfect cadence

  3. LaV_enrose

    for those who want a more accurate riff :)




    then go back to the first riff :)

  4. Nice tab! This is my favorite song and I was so hoping it was on here!

  5. Sherlyn Alvarez

    ik thats not the correct strumming pattern but i ddnt know it so i juts thought of something :)

  6. Sherlyn Alvarez

    I honestly really love this song on the uke! there are amy ways people have improvised it but at the end, and a c and it will sound really cool. also the strumming pattern i used was D-U-DU and it sounds really cool so yee :).

  7. Harleymaybedead

    After the “terrible things” on the chorus, when it’s not followed by “you’ll learn” I like to add a C at the end. Especially at the very end of the song, it adds what I feel like was missing. :33 Just a tip!

  8. The strumming pattern i used was; DD-U-UDU

  9. There is a missing chord in the part that’s like “now son I’m only telling u this…” After the Am should be A9

  10. Just started playing, love this song, yes a bit of it sounds of when I am playing it together with the song, however, like it a lot playing along to myself singing. Please do more Mayday Parade songs. c:

  11. tab is kinda good but not accurate to the actual piano line but if it was it would be really hard but now its not in the same key as the actual song. the first two riffs are correct except fro being in a different key and the third one is really different from the actual piano line and if it was to stay in the same octave then it would be too deep for the ukulele. its also only 11 notes long, so unless you hold one for 2 quaver beats or there is a rest then its incorrect as it should be 12 because its 6/4 time signature

  12. Mary Claire

    Great tab thanks!

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