Only A Boy, by Rod Stewart

Only A Boy

Rod Stewart
Chords used in this song: Am, C, D, Em, G
Am
C
D
Em
G

Capo IV

[Intro]
C  G  Am  Em
C  G  D


[Verse]
    C                 G
"Stewart boy, you'll never be much
             Am                 Em
cause you're too busy acting the fool."
  C
Thank you, Sir, for them
G                    D
few kind words on my last day of school.
            C                G
Oh, but my mama said I could be a success
       Am                   Em
if I'd only get myself out of bed.
 C                  G
Words of wisdom but I wasn't listening,
       D
I had plans in my head.


[Chorus]
       C              G
Only a boy, trying it on,
            Am               Em
coming so strong, restless to roam.
       C              G
Only a boy, silly and proud,
             Am                  Em~
reckless and loud, impressing the crowd.
       G~
Only a boy


[Verse]
  C               G
Rock and roll was in my brains,
       Am                        Em
Eddie Cochrane running through my veins.
  C                    G
Skintight trousers in council houses,
          D
the unemployment exchange.
    C                    G
The blues I played were Mississippi made
          Am                     Em
and every friday night I'd fall in love.
  C                  G               D
Football fields and teenage pills, nothing's enough.


[Chorus]
       C                G
Only a boy, dressing to kill,
           Am               Em
passion to spill, hand in the till.
       C                G
Only a boy, slipping it in,
          Am             Em
thin as a pin, chasing a dream.
       G
Only a boy
       G
Only a boy
 G
Ooh!


[Solo]
C  G  Am  Em
C  G  D


[Verse]
          C                 G
Oh, them Dukes of freedom I used to believe them
    Am                  Em
and all their rebellious vows.
      C                      G
The critics, the cynics who never understood it,
  D
where are they now?
             C                 G
And all the wondering and the stumbling
      Am                    Em
that goes hand in hand with change.
      C                          G
The yearning, the earning was it all part of learning
      D
or am I still the same?


[Chorus]
       C               G
Only a boy, laughing aloud,
           Am              Em
quick as a shot, nobody can stop
       C                 G
Only a boy, plans of his own,
            Am                    Em
leaving his home, knows where he's going.
       G
Only a boy
       G
Only a boy
       G
Only a boy
       G
Only a boy


[Outro]
C  G  Am  Em
C  G  D