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Joanna Newsom - The Divers Wife chords

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The diver is my love
    G            Am        G
and I am his, if I to be deceived
who takes one breath above for eve-ry
hour below the sea

Who gave to me a jewel
      G                  Am    G   
worth twice this woman's life, though it cost her less
than laying at low tide to see 
her true love phosphoresce.

And in an infinite regress,
        Gm                 Dm
tell me why is the pain of birth
        F                      C
lighter borne than the pain of death?

        G                  F
I ain't saying I loved you first,
      C         Bb
but I loved you best.

I know we must abide
     G      Am         G  
each by the rules that bind us here:
the divers and the sailors and 
the women on the pier.

How do you choose your voice?
    G                  Am                           G                                       
How do you choose your name? How do you choose your life?
How do you choose the time you must
exhale and kick and rise?

And in an infinite capsize,
       Gm                    Dm      
like a boat tearing down the coast,
       F                    C
double hulls bearing double masts.
        G                    F
I don't know if you loved me most,
        C        Bb
but you loved me last.

Recall the word you gave
to count your way across the depths of this arid world,
where you will yoke the waves that lay 
a bed of shining pearls.

I dream it every night:
the ringing of the pail, the motes of sand dislodged, the shucking, quick and bright
the twinned and cast off shells reveal 
a single heart of white.

And in an infinite backslide,
ancient boulders sink past the west,
like a sword at the bearer's fall.
I don't say that I knew you best,
but did you know me at all?

A woman is alive, a woman is 
alive. You do not take her from your side
An anchor on a stone, alone, 
unfaceted and fine.

And never will I wed.
I'll hunt the pearl of death to the bottom of my life,
and ever hold my breath 'til I may be the diver's wife.

See how the infinite divides,
and the divers are not to blame
for the rift spanning distant shores.
You don't know my name,
but I know yours. 
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