Tim Minchin

The Fence

Tim Minchin

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The Fence

	  		
C 
Somewhere in your wardrobe 
        F          C 
I'd be willing to bet 
           Bb5 
There's a t-shirt probably 
                  A 
Bearing the silhouette of Che Guevara 

 

        C                         
He was revolutionary 
          F           C 
Yeah, he wore a cool hat 
     Bb5 
But behind the design I think you might find 
      A                           
It's not quite as simple as that 

 

Bb5 
Che was a bit of a homophobe 
A                           C   
Che was a bit of a homophobe 
Bb5                              
Che was a bit of a homophobe 
A 
Che was a bit of a homophobe 

            C         
This is my song 
      G 
In defence of the fence 
Bb2                     
    A little sing along 
  F 
A anthem to ambivalence 
Bb2 
The more you know 
                     F 
The harder you will find it 
                 C 
To make up your mind 
                                 G 
It doesn't really matter if you find 
                              Bb2 
You can't see which grass is greener 
                  F 
Chances are it's neither 
                    C 
And either way it's easier 
              Bb2 
To see the difference 
             A              C    
When you're sitting on the fence 

C 
Somewhere in your house 
        F          C 
I'd be willing to bet 
           Bb5 
There's a picture of that grinning hippy 
 A                            
From Tibet - the Dalai Llama 

 

        C 
He's a lovely, funny fella 
          F           C 
He gets soundbites galore 
     Bb5 
But let's not forget that back in Tibet 
       A 
Those funky monks used to dick the poor, yeah 

 

        Bb5 
And the Buddhist line about future lives 
        A 
Is the perfect way to stop 
                 C   
The powerless rising up 
        Bb5 
And he tells the poor they will live again 
   A 
But he's rich now so it's easy for him to say 

                C 
I'm taking the stand 
      G 
In defence of the fence 
Bb2 
    I got a little band 
        F 
Playing anthems to ambivalence 
    Bb2 
We divide the world into 
                F 
Terrorists and heroes 
                      C 
Into normal folk and weirdos 
                      G 
Into good people and pedos 
                          Bb2 
Into things that give you cancer 
                          F 
And the things that cure cancer 
                                 C 
And the things that don't cause cancer 

But there's a chance 

They will cause cancer in the future 
   Bb2 
We divide the world 
                      F 
To stop us feeling frightened 
                     C 
Into wrong and into right and 
                      G 
Into black and into white and 
                   Bb2 
Into real men and fairies 
                     F 
Into status quo and scary 
                        C 
Yeah we want the world binary, binary 
         Bb5           A 
But it's not that simple 

G5 
And your dog has a bigger carbon footprint 
     F5 
Than a four wheel drive 
G5 
Yeah, your dog has a bigger carbon footprint 
    F5 
Than a four wheel drive 
G5 
Yeah, your dog has a bigger carbon footprint 
    F5 
Than a four wheel drive 
    G5   
And so does your baby, maybe 
You oughta trade him in for a Prius 

Rock! 

( F5  G5  G5  F5  G5 ) 

 

                C 
I'm taking the stand 
      G 
In defence of the fence 
Bb2 
    I got a little band 
          F 
Playing tributes to ambivalence 
   Bb2 
We divide the world 
                   F 
Into liberals and gun-freaks 
                   C 
Into atheists and fundies 
                      G 
Into teetotalers and junkies 
                  Bb2 
Into chemical and natural 
                    F 
Into fictional and factual 
                      C 
Into science and supernatural 

But it's actually naturally 

Not that white and black 

You'll be 
 Bb2 
Dividing us 
                     F 
Into terrorists and heroes 
                      C 
Into normal folk and weirdos 
                      G 
Into good people and pedos 
                          Bb2 
Into things that give you cancer 
                          F 
And the things that cure cancer 
                             C 
And things that don't cause cancer 

But there's a chance 

They will cause cancer in the future 
   Bb2 
We divide the world 
                     F 
To stop us feeling frightened 
                     C 
Into wrong and into right and 
                      G 
Into black and into white and 
                   Bb2 
Into real men and fairies 
                    F 
Into parrots and canaries 
                          C 
Yeah we want the world binary, binary 

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( Bb2  F  C  G ) 

    Bb2 
The more you know 
                     F 
The harder you will find it 
                 C 
To make up your mind, it 
                              G 
Doesn't really matter if you find 
                             Bb2 
You can't see which grass is greener 
                  F 
Chances are it's neither 
                    C 
And either way it's easier 
               Bb5 
To see the difference 
                     A 
Cause it's not that simple 
		  

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