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Substitute | guitar tab
By The Who, 1966
>Appears on Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy, 1971
Written by Pete Townshend (c)1966 TRO-Devon Music, Inc.

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transcribed by         1999-05-19          Whotabs                    
litgo@aol.com     rev1 2003-07-21          www.thewho.net/whotabs     
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D       xx0775 and xx0232
A/D     xx0655
G/D     xx0433
D/A     x0423x
A       x022xx and x02255
Dadd4/B x20032
Em      022000
G       3x0033

Arranged for three guitars:
electric: 6-string electric
acoustic 1: 12-string acoustic
acoustic 2: 6-string acoustic

Note: patterns/timing are approximate

[intro]
||D D A/D G/D| G/D  D D   |D D A/D G/D| G/D D D      |
[electric]                                           |
||-----------|------------|5-2--------|--------------|
||7-3--5----3|--3---3-3---|7-3--5----3|--3--3-3------|
||7-2--6----4|--4p0-2-2---|7-2--6----4|--4--2-2------|
||0-0--0----0|--0---0-0--0|0-0--0----0|--0--0-0-----0|
||-----------|------------|-----------|----------0-2-|
||-----------|------------|-----------|--------------|
[acoustic 1]                                         |
||D D A/D G/D| G/D  D D   |D D A/D G/D| G/D D D      |
||5-2--5----3|--3---2-2---|5-2--5----3|--3--2-2------|
||7-3--5----3|--3---3-3---|7-3--5----3|--3--3-3------|
||7-2--6----4|--4---2-2---|7-2--6----4|--4--2-2------|
||0-0--0----0|--0---0-0--0|0-0--0----0|--0--0-0------|
||-----------|------------|-----------|--------------|
||-----------|------------|-----------|--------------|


[verse pattern]
||D  D/B D D D/B D|D  D/B D D  D/B D|D  D/B D D D/B D|D  D/B D D  D/B D|
[electric]                                                             |
||----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
||3--(3)-3-3-(3)-3|3--(3)---3-------|3--(3)-3-3-(3)-3|3--(3)---3-------|
||2--(0)-2-2-(0)-2|2--(0)---2-------|2--(0)-2-2-(0)-2|2--(0)---2-------|
||0------0-0-----0|0-0----0-0------0|0------0-0-----0|0-0----0-0------0|
||----2-------2---|--0-2------0-2---|----2-------2---|--0-2------0-2---|
||----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
[acoustic at counter tempo]                                            |
||----2-------2---|----2--------2---|----2-------2---|----2--------2---|
||----3-------3---|----3--------3---|----3-------3---|----3--------3---|
||----2-------2---|----2--------2---|----2-------2---|----2--------2---|
||----0-------0---|----0--------0---|----0-------0---|----0--------0---|
||----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
||----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
[bass]                                                                 |
||----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
||----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
||5------5-5-----5|5------5-5------5|5------5-5-----5|5------5-5------5|
||----7-------7---|--5-7------5-7---|----7-------7---|--5-7------5-7---|

|D D/B D  D/B D|G                 |D   D/B D  D/B D|D  D/B  D D D/B|
   You think we look pretty good together                           
               (look pretty good together)                          
[electric]                                                         |
|---------------|-----3-----------|----------------|---------------|
|3-(3)3-3---(3)3|-----3-----------|3--(3)-3-3-(3)-3|3-------3------|
|2-(0)2-2---(0)2|-----0-----------|2--(0)-2-2-(0)-2|2-------2------|
|0----0-0------0|-----0------0----|0------0-0-----0|0-----0-0-----0|
|---2--------2--|---------0h2--2-0|----2-------2---|--0-2-----0-2--|
|---------------|3----------------|----------------|---------------|
[acoustic at counter tempo]                                        |
|---2--------2--|-----3--------3--|----2-------2---|----2-------2--|
|---3--------3--|-----3--------3--|----3-------3---|----3-------3--|
|---2--------2--|-----0--------0--|----2-------2---|----2-------2--|
|---0--------0--|-----0--------0--|----0-------0---|----0-------0--|
|---------------|-----------------|----------------|---------------|
|---------------|-----3--------3--|----------------|---------------|
[bass]
|---------------|-----------------|----------------|---------------|
|---------------|------------0----|----------------|---------------|
|5----5-5-------|---------0h2--2-0|5------5-5-----5|5-----5-5-----5|
|---7--------7-5|3----3-3---------|----7-------7---|--5-7-----5-7--|


|D D/B D  D/B D|G                |D   D/B D  D/B D|D  D/B  D D D/B|
   You think my shoes are made of leather                          
               (shoes are made of leather)                         
[electric]                                                        |
|--------------|-----3-----------|----------------|---------------|
|3-(3)3-3--(3)3|-----3-----------|3--(3)-3-3-(3)-3|3-----3-3------|
|2-(0)2-2--(0)2|-----0-----------|2--(0)-2-2-(0)-2|2-----2-2------|
|0----0-0-----0|-----0-------0---|0------0-0-----0|0-----0-0------|
|---2-------2--|----------0h2-2-0|----2-------2---|--0-2----------|
|--------------|3----------------|----------------|---------------|
[acoustic]                                                        |
|---2-------2--|-----3--------3--|----2-------2---|----2-------2--|
|---3-------3--|-----3--------3--|----3-------3---|----3-------3--|
|---2-------2--|-----0--------0--|----2-------2---|----2-------2--|
|---0-------0--|-----0--------0--|----0-------0---|----0-------0--|
|--------------|-----------------|----------------|---------------|
|--------------|-----3--------3--|----------------|---------------|


[bridge]
         |Em    G        D|Em     G      D |
But I'm a substitute for a-nother guy       
[electric]                                 |
         |----------------|----------------|
         |----------------|----------------|
         |----------------|----------------|
         |---2-----------0|---2----------0-|
         |-----------0h2--|-----------0h2--|
         |0-----3^--------|0------3^-------|
[acoustic]                                 |
         |---0-------3---2|--0--------3--2-|
         |---0-------3---3|--0--------3--3-|
         |---0-------0---2|--0--------0--2-|
         |---2-------0---0|--2--------0--0-|
         |---2------------|--2-------------|
         |0-----3---------|0------3--------|
         |[bass]
         |----------------|----------------|
         |---2-----------0|---2----------0-|
         |-----------0h2--|-----------0h2--|
         |0-----3^--------|0------3^-------|

 |Em          G    D     |Em        G    D  
I look pretty tall but my heels are high

   |Em                G       D  |Em    G    D  
The simple things you see are all complicated

 |Em          G     D      |Em        G D     |A         D/A|A            |
I look pretty young but I'm just back-dated, yeah                          
[electric]                                                                |
 |-------------------------|------------------|-------------|-------------|
 |-------------------------|------------------|--------3-3-3|-------------|
 |-------------------------|------------------|2---2---2-2-2|2---2--2-2-2-|
 |-----2----------------0--|----------------0-|2---2---4-4-4|2---2--2-2-2-|
 |------------------0h2----|------------0h2---|0---0-0-0-0-0|0---0--0-0-0-|
 |0-----------3^-----------|0---------3^------|-------------|-------------|
 [acoustic 1]                                                             |
 |-----0-----------3---2---|-----0-------3--2-|-------------|-------------| 
 |-----0-----------3---3---|-----0-------3--3-|2---2---3-3-3|2---2--2-2-2-|
 |-----0-----------0---2---|-----0-------0--2-|2---2---2-2-2|2---2--2-2-2-|
 |-----2-----------0---0---|-----2-------0--0-|2---2---4-4-4|2---2--2-2-2-|
 |-----2-------------------|-----2------------|0---0---0-0-0|0---0--0-0-0-|
 |0-----------3------------|0---------3-------|-------------|-------------|
[bass]                                                                    |
 |-------------------------|------------------|-------------|-------------|
 |-----2----------------0--|-----2----------0-|7-7-7-7-7-7-7|7-7-7-7-7-7-7|
 |------------------0h2----|-------------0h2--|-------------|-------------|
 |0-----------3^-----------|0---------3^------|-------------|-------------|


[chorus]
|D   D  A/D       |G/D  D   D      |D   D    A/D          |G/D     D D      |
 Sub-sti-tute your lies for fact, I see right through your plastic mac       
(Sub-sti-tute)                     (Sub-sti---tute)                          
[electric]                                                                  |
|5---2---5-------3|--3------2------|5---2-----5----------3|---3------2------|
|7---3---5-------3|--3--3---3------|7---3-----5----------3|---3----3-3------|
|7---2---6-------4|--4--2---2------|7---2-----6----------4|---4----2-2------|
|0-0-0-0-0-0--0--0|0-0--0---0-0-0-0|0-0-0--0--0---0---0--0|0--0-0--0-0-0-0-0|
|-----------------|----------------|----------------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|----------------|----------------------|-----------------|
|[acoustic 1]                                                               |
|5---2---5-------3|--3--2---2------|5---2-----5----------3|---3----2-2------|
|7---3---5-------3|--3--3---3------|7---3-----5----------3|---3----3-3------|
|7---2---6-------4|--4--2---2------|7---2-----6----------4|---4----2-2------|
|0-0-0-0-0-0--0--0|0-0--0---0-0-0-0|0-0-0--0--0---0---0--0|0--0-0--0-0-0-0-0|
|-----------------|----------------|----------------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|----------------|----------------------|-----------------|

 |D    D   A/D          |G/D     D   D      |
I look all white, but my dad was black
  (Sub-sti-tute)

                              [2/4]        [4/4]          
  |D    D       A/D        G/D|    G/D  D |D      |      |
My fine-looking suit is really made out of sack           
  (Sub--sti-----tute)                                     
[electric]                                                
  |5----2-------5------------3|-----3-----|2------|------|
  |7----3-------5------------3|-----3---3-|3------|------|
  |7----2-------6------------4|-----4---2-|2------|------|
  |0-0--0---0---0----0----0--0|0----0-0-0-|0------|-----0|
  |---------------------------|-----------|-------|--0-2-|
  |---------------------------|-----------|-------|------|
[acoustic 1]                                             |
  |5----2-------5------------3|-----3---2-|2------|------|
  |7----3-------5------------3|-----3---3-|3------|------|   
  |7----2-------6------------4|-----4---2-|2------|------|
  |0-0--0---0---0----0----0--0|0----0---0-|0------|------|
  |---------------------------|-----------|-------|------|
  |---------------------------|-----------|-------|------|


I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth
                 (plastic spoon in my mouth)

The north side of my town faced east and the east was facing south
                         (faced east and the east was facing south)

[repeat bridge]
And now you dare to look me in the eye
Those crocodile tears are what you cry
If it's a genuine problem you won't try
To work it out at all, just pass it by, pass it by

 Substitute me for him 
(Substitute)
 Substitute my coke for gin
(Substitute)
 Substitute you for my mum
(Substitute)

                         [2/4] [4/4]           
  |D     D    A/D    G/D |G/D D|D      |      |
At least I'll get my washing done
  (Sub---sti--tute)

[interlude] 
||D               |G               |D               |D               |
[electric]                                                           |
||----10-----10-10|----10-10--10-10|----------------|----------------|
||10--10-10--12-12|12--12-12--12-12|10^-10^-10^-10^-|10^-10^-10^-10^-|
||12^----12^------|12--------------|12^-12^-12^-12^-|12^-12^-12^-12^-|
||----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
||----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
||----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
[acoust]                                                             |
||2-2-3---2---2-2-|3-3-3---3---3-3-|2-2-3---2---2-2-|2-2-3---2---2-2-|
||3-3-3---3---3-3-|3-3-3---3---3-3-|3-3-3---3---3-3-|3-3-3---3---3-3-|
||2-2-2---2---2-2-|0-0-0---0---0-0-|2-2-2---2---2-2-|2-2-2---2---2-2-|
||0-0-0---0---0-0-|0-0-0---0---0-0-|0-0-0---0---0-0-|0-0-0---0---0-0-|
||----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
||----------------|3-3-3---3---3-3-|----------------|----------------|
[bass]                                                               |
||----------------|----5---4---5-4-|----------------|----5---4---5-4-|
||----5---4---5-4-|5-5---5---5-----|----5---4---5-4-|5-5---5---5-----|
||5-5---5---5-----|----------------|5-5---5---5-----|----------------|
||----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

|D               |G               |D                        |
[electric]                                                  |
|----10-----10-10|----10-10--10-10|-------------------------|
|10--10-10--12-12|12--12-12--12-12|-------------------------|
|12^----12^------|12--------------|12^12^12^12^12^12^12^12^-|
|----------------|----------------|-------------------------|
|----------------|----------------|-------------------------|
|----------------|----------------|-------------------------|
|[acoust]                                                   |
|2-2-3---2---2-2-|3-3-3---3---3-3-|2--2--3-----2-----2--2---|
|3-3-3---3---3-3-|3-3-3---3---3-3-|3--3--3-----3-----3--3---|
|2-2-2---2---2-2-|0-0-0---0---0-0-|2--2--2-----2-----2--2---|
|0-0-0---0---0-0-|0-0-0---0---0-0-|0--0--0-----0-----0--0---|
|----------------|----------------|-------------------------|
|----------------|3-3-3---3---3-3-|-------------------------|
|[bass]                                                     |
|----------------|----5---4---5-4-|-------------------------|
|----5---4---5-4-|5-5---5---5-----|------5-----4-----5--4---|
|5-5---5---5-----|----------------|5--5-----5-----5---------|
|----------------|----------------|-------------------------|

|D                          |
                      (I'm a)
[electric]                  |
|---------------------------|
|------------------12^12^12^|
|12^---12^---12^------------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
[acoustic 1]                |
|2--2--3-----2-----2--2-----|
|3--3--3-----3-----3--3-----|
|2--2--2-----2-----2--2-----|
|0--0--0-----0-----0--0-----|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
[bass]                      |
|---------------------------|
|------5-----4-----5--4-----|
|5--5-----5-----5-----------|
|---------------------------|


[repeat bridge]

[bridge]
         |Em    G        D|Em     G      D |
But I'm a substitute for a-nother guy       
[electric]                                 |
         |----------------|----------------|
         |----------------|----------------|
         |----------------|----------------|
         |---2-----------0|---2----------0-|
         |-----------0h2--|-----------0h2--|
         |0-----3^--------|0------3^-------|
[acoustic]                                 |
         |---0-------3---2|--0--------3--2-|
         |---0-------3---3|--0--------3--3-|
         |---0-------0---2|--0--------0--2-|
         |---2-------0---0|--2--------0--0-|
         |---2------------|--2-------------|
         |0-----3---------|0------3--------|
         |[bass]
         |----------------|----------------|
         |---2-----------0|---2----------0-|
         |-----------0h2--|-----------0h2--|
         |0-----3^--------|0------3^-------|

[bridge]
         |Em    G              D |Em   G              D |
        I look pretty tall but my heels are high        
         [electric]                                     |
         |-----------------------|----------------------|
         |-----------------------|----------------------|
         |-----------------------|----------------------|
         |---2-----------------0-|-----2--------------0-|
         |-----------------0h2---|-----------------0h2--|
         |0-----2^---------------|0------------2^-------|
         [acoustic]                                     |
         |---0-------------3---2-|-----0-----------3--2-|
         |---0-------------3---3-|-----0-----------3--3-|
         |---0-------------0---2-|-----0-----------0--2-|
         |---2-------------0---0-|-----2-----------0--0-|
         |---2-------------------|-----2----------------|
         |0-----3----------------|0------------3--------|
         |[bass]                                        |
         |-----------------------|----------------------|
         |---2-----------------0-|-----2--------------0-|
         |-----------------0h2---|-----------------0h2--|
         |0-----2^---------------|0------------2^-------|

   |Em                G       D  |Em       G     D |
The simple things you see are all complicated
   |                             %                 |

 |Em          G         D  |Em        G   D |A      D/A |A            |
I look pretty young but I'm just back-dated, yeah
 [electric]                         
 |-------------------------|----------------|-------------|-------------|
 |-------------------------|----------------|-------------|-------------|
 |-------------------------|----------------|2------------|-------------|
 |-----2----------------0--|---2----------0-|2------------|-------------| 
 |------------------0h2----|-----------0h2-0|0------------|-------------| 
 |0-----------3^-----------|0------3^-------|-------------|-------------|
 [acoustic]                                                             | 
 |-----0------------3---2--|--0--------3--2-|0--0---------|0---0--------| 
 |-----0------------3---3--|--0--------3--3-|2--2--3---3/3|2---2--2-2---|
 |-----0------------0---2--|--0--------0--2-|2--2--2---2/2|2---2--2-2---| 
 |-----2------------0---0--|--2--------0--0-|2--2--4---4/4|2---2--2-2---| 
 |-----2-------------------|--2-------------|0--0--0---0/0|0---0--0-0-0-| 
 |0-----------3------------|0------3--------|-------------|-------------| 
 [bass]                                                                 |
 |-------------------------|----------------|-------------|-------------|
 |-----2----------------0--|---2----------0-|7-7-7-7-7-7-7|7-7-7-7-7-7-7|
 |------------------0h2----|-----------0h2--|-------------|-------------|
 |0-----------3^-----------|0------3^-------|-------------|-------------|


[repeat intro; electric tacit]
||D D A/D   | G/D D  D      |D D A/D   | G/D D  D      |
[electric]                                             |
||----------|---------------|----------|---------------|
||----------|---------------|----------|---------------|
||----------|---------------|----------|---------------|
||----------|---------------|----------|---------------|
||----------|---------------|----------|---------------|
||----------|---------------|----------|---------------|
[acoustic 1]                                           |
||5-2--5---3|--3--2--2------|5-2--5---3|--3--2--2------|
||7-3--5---3|--3--3--3------|7-3--5---3|--3--3--3------|
||7-2--6---4|--4--2--2------|7-2--6---4|--4--2--2------|
||0-0--0---0|--0--0--0---0-0|0-0--0---0|--0--0--0---0-0|
||----------|---------------|----------|---------------|
||----------|---------------|----------|---------------|
[acoustic 2]                                           |
||--2--5---3|--3--2--2------|--2--5---3|--3--2--2------|
||7-3--5---3|--3--3--3------|7-3--5---3|--3--3--3------|
||7-2--6---4|--4--2--2------|7-2--6---4|--4--2--2------|
||7-0--7---5|--5--0--0-----0|7-0--7---5|--5--0--0-----0|
||5-0--7---5|--5--0--0---2-0|5-0--7---5|--5--0--0-----0|
||-----5---3|--3------------|-----5---3|--3------------|

                                        [2/4]   [4/4]            
|D  D A/D   | G/D  D  D     |D  D A/D   | G/D D |D      |       |
[electric]                                                      |
|-----------|---------------|-----------|-------|-------|-------|
|-----------|---------------|-----------|-------|-------|-------|
|-----------|---------------|-----------|-------|-------|-------|
|-----------|---------------|-----------|-------|-------|------0|
|-----------|---------------|-----------|-------|-------|---0-2-|
|-----------|---------------|-----------|-------|-------|-------|
[acoustic 1]                                                    |
|5--2--5---3|--3--2--2------|5--2--5---3|--3--2-|2------|-------|
|7--3--5---3|--3--3--3------|7--3--5---3|--3--3-|3------|-------|
|7--2--6---4|--4--2--2------|7--2--6---4|--4--2-|2------|-------|
|0--0--0---0|--0--0--0-0-0-0|0--0--0---0|--0--0-|0------|-------|
|-----------|---------------|-----------|-------|-------|-------|
|-----------|---------------|-----------|-------|-------|-------|
[acoust 2]                                        [acoust 2 out]|
|10-2--5---3|--3--2--2------|10-2--5---3|--3--2-|2------|-------|
|10-3--5---3|--3--3--3------|10-3--5---3|--3--3-|3------|-------|
|11-2--6---4|--4--2--2------|11-2--6---4|--4--2-|2------|-------|
|12-0--7---5|--0--0--0-----0|12-0--7---5|--5--0-|0------|-------|
|12-0--7---5|--5--0--0---2-0|12-0--7---5|--5--0-|-------|-------|
|10----5---3|--3------------|10----5---3|--3----|-------|-------|


[repeat verse]
I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth
The north side of my town faced east and the east was facing south

[repeat bridge]
And now you dare to look me in the eye
Those crocodile tears are what you cry
If it's a genuine problem you won't try
To work it out at all, just pass it by, pass it by

[repeat chorus]

Substitute me for him 
Substitute my coke for gin
Substitute you for my mum
At least I'll get my washing done
  (Sub---sti--tute)

|D   D A/D       |G/D    D D       |D   D    A/D          |G/D     D D      |
 Sub-sti-tute your lies for fact, I see right through your plastic mac   
(Sub-sti-tute)                     (Sub-sti---tute)                      
[electric]                                                                  |
|5---2---5-------3|--3-----2-------|5---2-----5----------3|---3------2------|
|7---3---5-------3|--3---3-3-------|7---3-----5----------3|---3----3-3------|
|7---2---6-------4|--4---2-2-------|7---2-----6----------4|---4----2-2------|
|0-0-0-0-0-0--0--0|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-0-0--0--0---0---0--0|0--0-0--0-0-0-0-0|
|-----------------|------------2---|----------------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|----------------|----------------------|-----------------|
[acoustic; downstrokes, with increasing intensity]                          |
|2-2-2-2-2-2--2--2|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|----------------------|-----------------|
|3-3-3-3-3-3--3--3|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|----------------------|-----------------|
|2-2-2-2-2-2--2--2|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|----------------------%-----------------|
|0-0-0-0-0-0--0--0|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|----------------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|----------------|----------------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|----------------|----------------------|-----------------|

 |D   D    A/D          |G/D     D D      |
I look all white but my dad was black      
 (Sub-sti---tute)                          
[electric]                                |
 |5---2-----5----------3|---3------2------|
 |7---3-----5----------3|---3----3-3------|
 |7---2-----6----------4|---4----2-2------|
 |0-0-0--0--0---0---0--0|0--0--0-0-0-0-0-0|
 |----------------------|--------------2--|
 |----------------------|-----------------|
[acoustic]                                |
 |----------------------|-----------------|
 |----------------------|-----------------|
 |----------------------%-----------------|
 |----------------------|-----------------|
 |----------------------|-----------------|
 |----------------------|-----------------|

                            [2/4]        [4/4]   
  |D     D    A/D        G/D|    G/D   D |D      |
My brand new suit is really made out of sack     
  (Sub---sti--tute)                              
  |[electric]                                    |
  |5-----2----5------------3|----3-------|2------|
  |7-----3----5------------3|----3-----3-|3------|
  |7-----2----6------------4|----4-----2-|2------|
  |0--0--0--0-0------0---0-0|0---0--0--0-|0------|
  |-------------------------|------------|-------|
  |-------------------------|------------|-------|
  |[acoustic]                                    |
  |2--2--2--2-2--2---2---2--|2---2--2--2-|2------|
  |3--3--3--3-3--3---3---3--|3---3--3--3-|3------|
  |2--2--2--2-2--2---2---2--|2---2--2--2-|2------|
  |0--0--0--0-0--0---0---0--|0---0--0--0-|0------|
  |-------------------------|----------0-|-------|
  |-------------------------|------------|-------|

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