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Transcribed by: asf0@comcast.net  Alice Franceschini
Date:  May 8, 2000
Album:
Written by:
Note: I'm don't really know this tune so the chords may not be exactly over
the right lyric.  So if the chord doesn't sound good where it is, move
it back\forward a word or two.


I AM THE VERY MODEL OF A MODERN MAJOR-GENERAL      Pirates of Pensance
                                                   (Miscellaneous)


Intro note is A# play it several times


GENERAL: 
     A#                 
     I am the very model of a modern Major-General, 
     G#       A#          G#      A#      G# 
     I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral, 
     D#          G#               D#                G#   
     I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical 
     D#                                  G#  A#  D#  
     From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical; 
     D#
     I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical, 
     A#
     I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical, 
     D# 
     About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news, 
     A#                                   F                A#
     With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.


ALL:  
     A# 
     With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse. 
     C#
     With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse. 
     A#                                                       D# 
     With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypote-nuse.

GENERAL: 
 
     The note is F  play it several times then  A#

     A# 
     I'm very good at integral and differential calculus; 
     F
     I know the scientific names of beings animalculous: 
     A#
     In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, 
     n.c.
     I am the very model of a modern Major-General.


ALL: 
     D#
     In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, 
     A# 
     He is the very model of a modern Major-General.

GENERAL: 
     D#                 A#             D#               A#
     I know our mythic history, King Arthur's and Sir Caradoc's; 
     D#              A#                       G#  A#    D#  
     I answer hard acrostics, I've a pretty taste for paradox, 
     D#           A#               D#          A# 
     I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus, 
     D#                A#       D#       G#  A#  D#      
     In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous;

     The note is D# played several times

     D# 
     I can tell undoubted Raphaels from Gerard Dows and Zoffanies, 
     A#
     I know the croaking chorus from the Frogs of Aristophanes! 
     D#
     Then I can hum a fugue of which I've heard the music's din afore, 
     A#                                   F                 A#
     And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore.

ALL: 
     A#
     And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore. 
     C#
     And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore. 
     A# 
     And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore.

GENERAL: 
 
    The note is F played several times then go to  A#

      A#   
     Then I can write a washing bill in Babylonic cuneiform, 
      F
     And tell you ev'ry detail of Caractacus's uniform: 
     A#
     In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, 
     n.c.
     I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

ALL: 
     D#
     In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, 
     A#
     He is the very model of a modern Major-General.

GENERAL: 
     D#               A#                D#            A# 
     In fact, when I know what is meant by "mamelon" and "ravelin", 
     D#          A#              D#                 G# A#  D# 
     When I can tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a javelin, 
      D#               A#               D#           A#   
     When such affairs as sorties and surprises I'm more wary at, 
      D#               A@               D#        G# A#  D#
     And when I know precisely what is meant by "commissariat",

The note is D# play it several times
 
      D# 
     When I have learnt what progress has been made in modern gunnery, 
     A#
     When I know more of tactics than a novice in a nunnery-- 
     D#
     In short, when I've a smattering of elemental strategy, 
      A#                                     F          A#
     You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee.

ALL: 
      A#
     You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee. 
      C#
     You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee. 
      A#
     You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee.

GENERAL: 

The note is F played several times then go to A#
     
     A#
     For my military knowledge, though I'm plucky and adventury, 
     F
     Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century; 
     A#
     But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, 
     n.c.
     I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

ALL: 
     D#
     But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, 
     A#                                                 A# D#
     He is the very model of a modern Major-General.




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