Words & Music:

Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick)


This is fully transcribed in the January/February 2009 issue of Guitar Edge.


Ab  Bb [2x] [yes, it really does shift from Bb to B immediately here]


B               F#               E                   B  [etc.]

Mother told me, yes she told me, I'd meet girls like you.

She also told me, stay away, you'll never know what you'll catch.

Just the other day, I heard of a soldier's falling off.

     E          F#                 B

Some Indonesian junk that's going 'round.



B                  G#m                     F#                 E

Mommy's all right, Daddy's all right, they just seem a little weird.

   B          G#          F#                   E                 A  B

Surrender, Surrender, but don't give yourself away, ay---, ay---.


Father says, "Your mother's right, she's really up on things.

Before we married, Mommy served in the WACs in the Philippines.

Now, I had heard the WACs recruited old maids for the war.

But, Mommy isn't one of those; I've known her all these years."


CHORUS:  [repeat A to B 2x - then there's a half-tone shift to C]


C                   G                   F             C

Whatever happened to all this season's "Losers of the Year"?

C            G                F                  C

Every time I got to thinking "Where'd they disappear?"

     F           G               C

Then I woke up & mom and dad are rolling on the couch.

F                G                     C

Rolling numbers, rock and rolling, got my Kiss records out.


CHORUS:  [new chords]

C                  Am                      G                  F

Mommy's all right, Daddy's all right, they just seem a little weird.

    C         A           G                     F

Surrender, Surrender, but don't give yourself away, ay----, ay---.

C  F  C  G



OUTRO:  [repeat many times]

    C           Am         G                     F

Surrender,  Surrender, but don't give yourself away.

Under this, a second voice sings - changing with every repeat:

(Mommy's alright, Daddy's alright)  [3x]

(Bun E's alright, Tommy's alright)

(Robin's alright, Rick's alright)

(Mommy's alright, Daddy's alright)

(We're all alright, we're all alright)

(Mommy's alright, Daddy's alright)  [repeat and out]


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