Lyrics/chords to "I Wish I Was Your Mother"

I Wish I Was Your Mother

(Ian Hunter)

&G C D G
&G G/F# C D G
& G C
I scream at you for sharing
& G C
I curse you just for caring
& G Am D
I hate the clothes you're wearing, they're so pretty
& G C
I tell you not to see me
& G C
I tell you not to feel me
& G Am D
I make your life a drag, it's such a pity
& G C
I watch your warm glow palin'
& G C
I watch your sparkle fadin'
& G Am D
As you realize you're failin' cos' you're so good
& G C
Oh, I don't mean to upset you
& G C
But there's so much crime to get through
&G Am D
If I could make it easier then I would
CHORUS:
& G C G C
I wish I was your mother, I wish I'd been your father
& G Am C D
And then I would have seen you would have been you as a child
& G C G C
Played houses with your sisters and wrestled with all your brothers
& G Am C D
And then who knows, I might have felt a family for a while
& G C
It's no use me pretending
& G C
You give and I do the spending
& G Am D
Is there a happy ending, I don't think so
& G C
Cos' even if we make it
& G C
I'll be too far out to take it
& G Am D
You'll have to try and shake it from my head
CHORUS

Notation

Lines starting with & indicate music. A letter indicates guitar chord; a letter with a slash and another letter indicates a guitar chord with a different bass note, eg Am/F#=Am chord with F# bass.

Disclaimer

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Credits

Transcribed by Steve Norgrove; minor lyric correction by Mike Ollier

Steve tells me this has been transcribed for playing on the mandolin. As Neil Matterson points out, this is a different key to that on the CD, for which an alternative transcription is available.

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Adrian Perkins