[Verse 1]

 F C 
Don't know much about you
       Dm Bb 
Don't know who you are
            F C 
We've been doing fine without you
               Dm Bb 
But, we could only go so far
 F C 
Don't know why you chose us
          Dm Bb 
Were you watching from above
          F C 
Is there someone there that knows us
           Dm Bb     |  F  /  C  / |  Bb  /  C  / |
Said we'd give you all our love


[Verse 2]

          F C 
Will you laugh just like your mother
          Dm Bb 
Will you sigh like your old man
             F C 
Some things skip a generation
           Dm Bb 
Like I've heard they often can
           C Dm 
Are you a poet or a dancer
   F C Bb 
A devil or a clown
      F C Dm 
Or a strange new combination of
     Bb C F   /   C  / |  Bb  /  C  / |
The things we've handed down


[Verse 3]

   F C 
I wonder who you'll look like
           Dm Bb 
Will your hair fall down and curl
 F C 
Will you be a mama's boy
    Dm Bb 
Or daddy's little girl
          F C 
Will you be a sad reminder
                Dm Bb 
Of what's been lost along the way
       F C 
Maybe you can help me find her
        Dm Bb F   /   C  / |  Bb  /  C  / |
In the things you do and -- say
           C Dm 
And these things that we have given
          F C Bb 
They are not so easily found
     F F/E Dm 
But you can thank us later
 C Bb C F   /   F/E  / |  Dm  
For the things we've handed down
     Bb C F    /   F/E  / |  Dm  /  Bb 
The things we've handed down


[Verse 4]

              F C 
You may not always be so grateful
         Dm Bb 
For the way that you were made
      F C 
Some feature of your father's
            Dm Bb 
That you'd gladly sell or trade
     F C 
And one day you may look at us
     Dm Bb 
And say that you were cursed
     F C 
But over time that line has been
   Dm Bb 
Extremely well rehearsed
        C Dm 
By our fathers, and their fathers
         F C Bb 
In some old and distant town
             F C Dm 
From places no one here remembers
          Bb C F   /  F/E  / |  Dm 
Come the things we've handed down
     Bb C F    /   F/E   / |  Dm 
The things we've handed down
     Bb C F 
The things we've handed down