My Turn To Decide

The title here is inspired by an XKCD comic

Sometimes it feels like the purpose of school is to bash any creativity out of you. This is probably unfair, but even so, I used to love writing just for myself until I was maybe 13-14, and it's only the last couple of years when I've really started to get that kind of creativity back. And as a university educator, I feel at least part of my role is to remind students that creativity and insight is important no matter what field you're in. My field, Computer Science, is way more creative than many might expect, and getting students to understand that can be a challenge sometimes!

Anyway, I'm not entirely sure what it is I'm trying to say here, except perhaps that this is my personal variant of the Tom Waits song "I Don't Wanna Grow Up".

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Lyrics and Chords:

[F][C][F][C]
[F][C][G]

[F]Get out of [C]bed, [F]go to [C]school
[F]Do your [C]homework, [F]learn the [G]rules
[F]Do as you're [C]told, [F]don't answer [C]back
[F]What we [C]teach you, [F]that's the [A7]facts

[Dm]When you grow [G]up you'll be ex[C]pected to con[Am]form
[F]Forget your [G]hopes and [C]dreams
Well [Dm]I'm an adult [G]now and it's [C]my turn to [Am]decide
[F]What that [G]really [C]means

[Dm][G][C][Am]
[F][G][C]

[F]Get a [C]job, [F]settle [C]down
[F]Have some [C]kids, [F]buy a [G]house
[F]In the [C]office, [F]Nine to [C]five
[F]Every [C]day, [F]Then you [A7]die

[Dm]When you're an a[G]dult you're ex[C]pected to con[Am]form
But you [F]still have [G]hopes and [C]dreams
Well [Dm]I'm an adult [G]now and it's [C]my turn to [Am]decide
[F]What that [G]really [C]means

[Dm][G][C][Am]
[F][G][C][A7]
[Dm][G][C][Am]
[F][G][C][D7]

[G]Learn to [D]paint, [G]Learn gui[D]tar
[G]Write a [D]song, [G]make some [A]art
[G]Be your[D]self, [G]leave the [D]herd
[G]Take some [D]time, [G]see the [B7]world

[Em]When you're an a[A]dult you're ex[D]pected to con[Bm]form
But you [G]still have [A]hopes and [D]dreams
Well [Em]I'm an adult [A]now and it's [D]my turn to [Bm]decide
[G]What that [A]really [D]means

[Em][A][D][Bm]
[G][A][D]

[Em]I'm an adult [A]now and it's [D]my turn to [Bm]decide
[G]What that [A]really [D]means