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maddie poppe
dont ever let your children grow up
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difficulty: intermediate



[Verse 1]

C                                     Em

That was the way, that was the way it was

            Am                                            F

When you're five years old and don't have nowhere else to run

       C                                              Em

Except into your mother's arms, where she held you so tight

           Am                                                     F

And you're scared of the dark so you sleep with your little night light

         C                                                    Em

When you walked up to school and everyone there was your best friend

         Am                                         F

When you learned your numbers and shapes and played pretend

           C                                               Em

You didn't mind that your hair was a mess, you were so carefree

           Am                                       F

You didn't know how cold and cruel this world would one day be

[Chorus]

Dm              G

We were just so young

               C

We should have known

   Em          Am

We should have known

         Dm                                G                         C

That one day we'd hate our bodies and we'd orbit around buttons on a phone

   Em          Am

We should have known

         Dm                                   G                                  C

That one day we'd pluck our eyebrow hairs and wonder why the cool kids stared at me

   Em               Am

Oh why'd it have to be

    Dm

Our imaginations have run dry

   G                                 C

We hate ourselves and have a nightly cry

            Em             Am

And then we act like we're fine

     Dm                                 G                           C

It's alcohol and bombs and drugs, don't ever let your children grow up

    Em          Am

(Oh oh oh oh oh oh)

C  Em

[Verse 2]

         C                                                     Em

We would swing on the swings and jump off and pretend we could fly

       Am                                             F

But as soon as we blinked we grew up and we're junior high

       C                                                       Em

So our dads dropped us off at the park and we stayed out 'till ten

       Am                                        F

So the makeup comes out and we think we need the perfect boyfriend

[Chorus]

Dm              G

We were just so young

              C

How didn't we know

    Em        Am

How didn't we know

             Dm                         G                                          C

That we'd be independent on our own and lose more friends while traveling down the road

        Em        Am

Oh, how didn't we know

             Dm                               G                                     C

That there's more to life than sleepovers and jocks turn out worse than the science nerds

    Em                    Am

But somehow that all gets blurred

           Dm

And some relationships they end real fast

    G                                      C

And though you want you might never get it back

          Em              Am

The doors close just like that

       Dm                                   G                           C

It's depression and it's broken love, don't ever let your children grow up

    Em          Am

(Oh oh oh oh oh oh)

C  Em

(Vocals)

[Outro]

Dm              G

We're no longer young

               C

So now that we know

   Em          Am

So now that we know

          Dm                                      G                              C

That this world could use some turning 'round, if only we could find some common ground

         Em    Am

But it's up to us

      Dm                                         G                               C

And although at times it gets so rough, you have got to let your children grow up

   Em          Am

Oh oh oh oh oh oh

               Dm                        G                             C

Yeah, you have got to let your children, got to let your children grow up



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