Decemberists – Crane Wife chords

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Left handed
Transpose:
1. The Crane Wife 3
2. The Island: Come and See/The Landlord's Daughter/You'll Feel Not the Drowning
3. Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
4. O Valencia!
5. The Perfect Crime #2
6. When the War Came
7.Shankill Butchers
8.Summersong
9. The Crane Wife 1&2
10. Sons & Daughters
BONUS TRACKS
11. Culling of the Fold
12. After the Bombs


1. The Crane Wife 3

Tabbed originally by: Unregistered

INTRO

(D A G)x2

VERSE 1

D A GAnd under the boughs unbound
D A GAll clothed in a snowy shroud
D A GShe had no heart so hardened
D A GAll under the boughs unbound
(D A G)x2 VERSE 2
D A GEach feather it fell from skin
D A GTill threadbare she grew thin
D A GHow where my eyes so blinded
D A GEach feather it fell from skin
CHORUS
D A GAnd I will hang my head hang my head low
D A GAnd I will hang my head hang my head low
(D A G)x2 VERSE 3
D A GThe gray sky looked bitter stained
D A GA rain cloud and crane on wing
D A GAll out beyond horizons oh
D A GA gray sky a bitter stain
CHORUS
D A G(And I will hang my head hang my head low)x7
OUTRO (D A G)x4 2. The Island: Come and See/The Landlord's Daughter/You'll Feel Not the Drowning INTRO Em VERSE 1 There's an island hidden in the sound Lapping currents lay your boat aground
GAffix your barb and bayonet
A BbThe curlews carve their arabesques
EmAnd sorrow fills the silence all around
Come and see VERSE 2 There's a harbor lost within the reeds A jetty caught in over-hanging trees
GAmong the bones of cormorants
A BbNo boot-mark here nor fingerprint
EmThe rivers roll down to a soundless sea
Come and see
G G/F# EmCome and see
CHORUS
D CThe tides all come and go witnessed by no waking eye
Em D CThe willows mark the wind
Em D CAnd all we know for sure amidst this fading light
Em D CWe'll not go home again
B7 CCome and see
B7 C D EmCome and see
VERSE 3 In the lowlands, nestled in the heath A briar-cradle rocks its babe to sleep
GIts contents watched by Sycorax
A BbAnd Patagon in parallax
EmA foretold rumbling sounds below the deep
Come and see
G G/F# EmCome and see
CHORUS
D CThe tides all come and go witnessed by no waking eye
Em D CThe willows mark the wind
Em D CAnd all we know for sure amidst this fading light
Em D CWe'll not go home again
B7 CCome and see
B7 C D AmCome and see
*The Landlords Daughter* Am D Am D Am D Am D
Am D Am DAs I was a-ramble down by the water
Am D Am D Am D Am DI spied in sable the landlord's daughter
Am D Am DI produced my pistol, then my saber
Am D Am DSaid, "Make no whistle or thou will be murdered!"
Am D Am D Am D Am D Am D Am D Am DLa-Ha-Ha La-Ha
Am D Am DShe cursed, she shivered, she cried for mercy
Am D Am D"My gold and silver if thou will release me!"
G Bb F G# Eb Bbm A
Dm Bb Dm Bb I'll take no gold, miss. I'll take no silver.
Dm Bb Dm BbBut I'll take those sweet lips and thou will deliver!
Am D Am D Am D Am D Am D Am D Am DLa-Ha-Ha La-Ha
Dm C F G Am *You'll Feel Not the Drowning* INTRO Am Asus2 VERSE 1
Am CI will dress your eyelids
Am CWith dimes upon your eyes
Am CLay you close to water
Am CGreen your grave will rise
CHORUS
GGo to sleep now, little ugly
AmGo to sleep now, you little fool
GForty winking in the belfry
F GYou'll not feel the drowning
F G G#+You'll not feel the drowning
VERSE 2
Am CForget you once had sweethearts
Am CThey've forgotten you
Am CThink you not on parents
Am CThey've forgotten too
CHORUS
GGo to sleep now, little ugly
AmGo to sleep now, you little fool
GForty winking in the belfry
F GYou'll not feel the drowning
F G G#+You'll not feel the drowning
VERSE 3/OUTRO
Am C Hear you now the captain
Am CHeave his sorrowed cry
Am CThe weight upon your eyelids
Am CIs dimes laid on your eyes
3. Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) Originally tabbed by: Warpstarkirby INTRO C Am C Am VERSE 1
C AmHeart-carved tree trunk, Yankee bayonet
C AmA sweetheart left behind
C AmFar from the hills of the sea-swelled Carolinas
C AmThat's where my true love lies
C Am C AmAh Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah
VERSE 2
C AmLook for me when the sun-bright swallow
C AmSings upon the birch bough high
C AmBut you are in the ground with the voles and the weevils
C AmAll a'chew upon your bones so dry
C Am C Am(Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah)x2
CHORUS
A Cmaj7But when the sun breaks
A Cmaj7 GTo no more bullets in Battle Creek
A Cmaj7Then will you make a grave
A FFor I will be home then
GI will be home then
FI will be home then
GI will be home then, then
C Am C Am VERSE 3
C AmWhen I was a girl how the hills of Oconee
C AmMade a seam to hem me in
C AmThere at the fair when our eyes caught, careless
C AmGot my heart right pierced by a pin
C Am C AmAh Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah
VERSE 4
C AmBut oh, did you see all the dead of Manassas
C AmAll the bellies and the bones and the bile
C AmNo, I lingered here with the blankets barren
C AmAnd my own belly big with child
C Am C Am(Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah) x2
CHORUS
A Cmaj7But when the sun breaks
A Cmaj7 GTo no more bullets in Battle Creek
A Cmaj7Then will you make a grave
A FFor I will be home then
GI will be home then
FI will be home then
GI will be home then
BRIDGE
F GStems and bones and stone walls too
GCould keep me from you
F EmSkein of skin is all too few
GTo keep me from you
C Am C Am VERSE 5
C AmBut oh my love, though our bodies may be parted
C AmThough our skin may not touch skin
C AmLook for me with the sun-bright sparrow
C AmI will come on the breath of the wind
C Am C Am(Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah) x2
4. O Valencia! Originally tabbed by: jebeebus INTRO (C Cmaj7 G)x2 VERSE 1
C Cmaj7 GYou belong to the gang
C Cmaj7 GAnd you say you can't break away
C Cmaj7 G C Cmaj7 GBut I'm here with my hands on my heart
C Cmaj7 GOur families can't agree
C Cmaj7 GI’m your brother's sworn enemy
C Cmaj7 G C Cmaj7 GBut I'll shout out my love to the stars
CHORUS
Am F Dm GSo wait for the stone on your window, your window
Am F Dm GWait by the car and we’ll go, we’ll go
(C Cmaj7 G)x2 VERSE 2
C Cmaj7 GWhen first we laid eyes
C Cmaj7 GI swore to no compromise
C Cmaj7 G C Cmaj7 G'Til I felt my caress on your skin
C Cmaj7 GWell, how soon we were betrayed
C Cmaj7 GYour sister gave us away
C Cmaj7 G C Cmaj7 GAnd your father came all unhinged
CHORUS
Am F Dm GSo wait for the stone on your window, your window
Am F Dm GWait by the car and we’ll go, we’ll go
C Em AmBut Oh, Valencia-ah-ah!
F CWith your blood still warm on the ground
Em AmValencia-ah-ah!
FAnd I swear to the stars
Dm GI’ll burn this whole city down, oh oh oh
(C Cmaj7 G)x4
C Cmaj7 GAll I heard was a shout
C Cmaj7 GOf your brother calling me out
C Cmaj7 G C Cmaj7 GAnd you ran like a fool to my side
C Cmaj7 GWell the shot, it hit hard
C Cmaj7 GAnd your frame went limp in my arms
C Cmaj7 G C Cmaj7 GAnd the lull of love was your dying cry
CHORUS
Am F Dm GSo wait for the stone on your window, your window
Am F Dm GWait by the car and we’ll, go we’ll go
C Em AmBut Oh, Valencia-ah-ah!
F CWith your blood still warm on the ground
Em AmValencia-ah-ah!
F CAnd I’ll burn this whole city down
OUTRO
Em AmValencia-ah-ah!
F CWith your blood gettin' cold on the ground
Em AmValencia-ah-ah!
FAnd I swear to the stars
Dm G CI’ll burn this whole city down, oh oh oh
5. The Perfect Crime #2 INTRO Em VERSE 1 Sing muse of the passion of the pistol Sing muse of the warning by the whistle A night so dark in the waning A dawn obscured by a slate sky raining VERSE 2 Five and twenty burglars by the reservoir A teenage lookout on the signal tower The mogul's daughter in hogties The mogul fingers the wrong guy CHORUS
C DIt was a perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect
C G EmA perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect crime
C DIt was a perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect
C G EmA perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect crime
It was the perfect crime VERSE 3 The bagman's quaking in the fingers The hand off lends a little lingers A well dressed man in the cross hairs A shot rings out from somewhere upstairs CHORUS
C DIt was a perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect
C G EmA perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect crime
C DIt was a perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect
C G EmA perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect crime
It was the perfect crime BRIDGE
C B It was like a ticker-tape parade
C B When the plastique on the safe was blown away
C B We all gazed from eye to eye
C Em As we mouthed our silent good-byes
VERSE 4 The valley sleeping with the bastard It stinks of slumber and disaster Two words I spoke on the tap-wire The agent's ploy was a surefire backfire CHORUS
C DIt was a perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect
C G EmA perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect crime
C DIt was a perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect
C G EmA perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect crime
C D A perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect C D A perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect C D A perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect C D A perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect C D A perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect C D A perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect C D A perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect
C D EmA perfect a perfect a perfect a perfect crime
6. When The War Came INTRO Bsus2 VERSE 1 With all the grain of Babylon To cultivate, To make us strong And hidden here behind the walls Are shoulders wide and timber on
Asus2Till the war came
Bsus2Till the war came
VERSE 2 A terrible autonomy Is grafted onto you and me A trust put in the governments Who told their lies as heaven sent
Asus2Till the war came
Bsus2Till the war came
CHORUS
G Asus2 Bsus2And the war came with a curse and a caterwaul
G Asus2 Bsus2And the war came with all the poise of a cannonball
G A Em GAnd they're picking out our eyes by cold and candlelight
GWhen the war came
Asus Bssu2The war came hard
VERSE 3 We made our oaths to Avalon We'd not betray the soul lain on The acres of hysteracy To our own pangs of starvation When the war came When the war came CHORUS
G Asus2 Bsus2And the war came with a curse and a caterwaul
G Asus2 Bsus2And the war came with all the poise of a cannonball
G A Em GAnd they're picking out our eyes by cold and candlelight
GWhen the war came
Asus Bssu2The war came hard
OUTRO With all the grain of Babylon With all the grain of Babylon 7. Shankill Butchers Originally tabbed by: hojoseph99 CAPO 4 INTRO (Am Am/B C Am/B) x2 VERSE 1
Am Am/E FThe shankill butchers run tonight
EYou better shut your windows tight
Am Am/E FThey're sharpening their cleavers and their knives
EAnd taking all their whiskey by the pint
CHORUS
Am Am/E FAnd everybody knows if you don't
G Am Am/EMind your mother's words
Am Am/E F F/CA wicked wind will blow
G AmYour ribbons from your curls
Am/E Am Am/E FEverybody moan, everybody shake
E E/B (Am Am/B Am/B) x2The Shankill butchers wanna catch you awake
VERSE 2
Am Am/E FThey used to be just like me and you
EThey used to be sweet little boys
Am Am/E FBut something went horribly askew
ENow killing is their only source of joy
CHORUS
Am Am/E FAnd everybody knows if you don't
G Am Am/EMind your mother's words
Am Am/E F F/CA wicked wind will blow
G AmYour ribbons from your curls
Am/E Am Am/E FEverybody moan, everybody shake
E E/B (Am Am/B Am/B) x2The Shankill butchers wanna catch you awake
BRIDGE (Am Am/E F E)x2 VERSE 3
Am Am/E FThe shankill butchers on the rise
EThey're waiting until the dead of the night
Am Am/E FThey're picking at their fingers with their knives
EAnd wiping off their cleavers on their thighs
CHORUS
Am Am/E FAnd everybody knows if you don't
G Am Am/EMind your mother's words
Am Am/E F F/CA wicked wind will blow
G AmYour ribbons from your curls
Am/E Am Am/E FEverybody moan, everybody shake
OUTRO
EThe shankill butchers wanna catch you
EThe shankill butchers wanna cut you
EThe shankill butchers wanna catch you
Am Am/B C Am/BAwake
Am Am/B C Am/BAwake
Am Am/B C Am/BAwake
AmAwake
8. Summersong Originally tabbed by: tAKEAWAy CAPO 4 INTRO Am C Em G VERSE 1
Am CRamblin' where to begin
Em G I taste the summer on your peppery skin
Am CBeen saved the warmer the waves
Em GI felt a slip into a watery grave
Am C Em GOh ahhh Ah ha haaaa
Am C Em GA la di da di da Ahhhhhhh
PRE-CHORUS
Am CMy girl, linen and curls
Em GLips parting like a flag all unfurled
Am CShe's grand the bend of her hand
Em GDigging deep into the sweep of the sand
Am C Em GOh ahhh Ah ha haaaa
Am C Em GA la di da di da Ahhhhhhh
CHORUS
G Am Em AmSummer arrives with a length of lights
Em Am FSummer blows away
C G Am C Em GAnd quietly gets swallowed by a wave
Am C Em G It gets swallowed by a wave
VERSE 2
Am CWaylay the din of the day
Em GBoats bobbing in the blue of the bay
Am CIn deep far beneath
Em GAll the dead sailors slowly slipping to sleep
Am C Em GOh ahhh Ah ha haaaa
Am C Em GA la di da di da Ahhhhhhh
PRE-CHORUS
Am CMy girl, linen and curls
Em GLips parting like a flag all unfurled
Am CShe's grand the bend of her hand
Em GDigging deep into the sweep of the sand
Am C Em GOh ahhh Ah ha haaaa
Am C Em GA la di da di da Ahhhhhhh
CHORUS
G Am Em AmSummer arrives with a length of lights
Em Am FSummer blows away
C G Am C Em GAnd quietly gets swallowed by a wave
Am C Em G Am C Em G It gets swallowed by a wave
Am C Em G Am C Em G It gets swallowed by a wave
Am C Em G Am C Em G It gets swallowed by a wave
9. The Crane Wife 1&2 Crane Wife 1 tabbed by: Stormx Crane Wife 2 tabbed by: heymrrain INTRO G VERSE 1 It was a cold night
EmAnd the snow lay low
I pulled my coat tight
CAgainst the falling down
And the sun was all
G EmAnd the sun was all down
And the sun was all
C GAnd the sun was all down
VERSE 2 I am a poor man
EmI haven't wealth nor fame
I have my two hands
CAnd a house to my name
And the winter's so
G EmAnd the winter's so long
And the winter's so
C DAnd the winter's so long
CHORUS And all the stars were crashing 'round
GAs I laid eyes on what I'd found
VERSE 3 It was a white crane
EmIt was a helpless thing
Upon a red stain
CWith an arrow its wing
And it called and cried
G EmAnd it called and cried so
And it called and cried
C DAnd it called and cried so
CHORUS And all the stars were crashing 'round
GAs I laid eyes on what I'd found
Em CMy crane wife, my crane wife
GMy crane wife, my crane wife
VERSE 4 Now I helped her
EmAnd I dressed her wounds
And how I held her
CBeneath the rising moon
And she stood to fly
G EmAnd she stood to fly away
And she stood to fly
C DShe stood to fly away
CHORUS And all the stars were crashing 'round
GAs I laid eyes on what I'd found
Em CMy crane wife, my crane wife
GMy crane wife, my crane wife
G Em C GDa da da da da da da da da da da da da da da
G Em C GDa da da da da da da da da da da da da da da
D Bm D G D Bm D G D Bm D G D Bb D G D Bm D G D Bb D G *Crane Wife 2* INTRO D VERSE 1
C G DMy crane wife arrived at my door in the moonlight
C G DAll star-bright and tongue tied I took her in
VERSE 2
D C G DWe were married and bells rang sweet for our wedding
C G DAnd our bedding was ready when we fell in
CHORUS
Em A EmSound the keening bell and see it's painted red
A GSoft as fontanel, the feathers in the thread
A C GWhen all I ever meant to do was to keep you
D G D C DMy crane wife, my crane wife, my crane wife
VERSE 3
C G DWe were poorly, our fortunes fading hourly
C G DAnd how she vowed me she could bring it back
VERSE 4
D C G DBut I was greedy I was vain and I forced her to weaving
C G DOn cold loom in closed room with down wove
CHORUS
Em A EmSound the keening bell and see it's painted red
A GSoft as fontanel, the feathers in the thread
A C GWhen all I ever meant to do was to keep you
D G D C DMy crane wife, my crane wife, my crane wife
OUTRO
Em FThere's a bend in the wind and it rakes at my heart
Em FThere is blood in the thread and it rakes at my heart
G C G C G C G C G CRakes at my heart, heart, heart, heart, heart
G C G C
G C G C G C G CHeart, heart, heart, heart, heart, heart, heart, heart
DMy crane wife
10. Sons And Daughters INTRO: D G D G VERSE 1/CHORUS
D GWhen we arrive, sons and daughters
D G We'll make our homes on the water
D G We'll build our walls aluminum
D G D GWe'll fill our mouths with cinnamon now
D G D G VERSE 2
D GThese currents pull us 'cross the border
D GSteady your boats, arms to shoulder
D G'till tides are pulled, hold our grounds
D G D GMaking this cold harbor now home
D G VERSE 3
D GTake up your arms, sons and daughters
D GWe will arise from the bunkers
D GBy land, by sea, by dirigible
D G D GWe'll leave our tracks untraceable now
BRIDGE D G D G D G D G D G CHORUS
D GWhen we arrive, sons and daughters
D G We'll make our homes on the water
D G We'll build our walls aluminum
D G D GWe'll fill our mouths with cinnamon now
D G CHORUS
D GWhen we arrive, sons and daughters
D G We'll make our homes on the water
D G We'll build our walls aluminum
D G D GWe'll fill our mouths with cinnamon now
D G D G CHORUS
D GWhen we arrive, sons and daughters
D G We'll make our homes on the water
D G We'll build our walls aluminum
D G D GWe'll fill our mouths with cinnamon now
D G D G CHORUS
D GWhen we arrive, sons and daughters
D G We'll make our homes on the water
D G We'll build our walls aluminum
D G D GWe'll fill our mouths with cinnamon now
D G D G D G D G OUTRO
D G(Here all the bombs fade away) X 20
BONUS TRACKS 11. Culling of the Fold Originally tabbed by: Henner VERSE 1
C EmCut him up boy
C EmYou've got to cut him up boy
CHe's a wicked disgrace
EmAnd he said it to your face
C EmYou better cut him up boy
VERSE 2
EmTake him by the teeth
EmGet him down on his knees
F#°With your hands all shaking
CThat'll teach him how to take it
Em CGotta cut him up boy
EmAnd how
CHORUS
AmPly her heart with gold and silver
Em AmAnd take your sweetheart down to the river
Em F#°Dash her on the paving stones
C It may break your heart
BTo break her bones
Am C B EmBut someones got to do, the culling of the fold
VERSE 3
C EmCut him up girl
C EmReally cut him up girl
C EmHe lives by himself in a hole in a wall,
C EmYou've gotta cut him up girl
VERSE 4
EmYou can take him in a stitch
EmDump his body in a ditch
F#°Leave his limbs all naked
CThat'll teach him how to take it
Em CBetter cut him up girl
EmAnd how
CHORUS
AmPly her heart with gold and silver
Em AmAnd take your sweetheart down to the river
Em F#dimDash her on the paving stones
CIt may break your heart
BTo break her bones
Am C B Em But someones got to do, the culling of the fold
BRIDGE
C EmListen up boy
C EmAnd listen up girl
C It's a shallow little trench
EmAnd it's giving off a stench
C EmIt's a shallow little world
EmFeeling down in the face
EmCould you use a little space
Dim When the radio crackles
CAnd the in-laws cackle
Em CYou better cut him up boy
EmAnd cut him up girl
CHORUS
AmPly her heart with gold and silver
Em AmAnd take your sweetheart down to the river
Em F#dimDash her on the paving stones
CIt may break your heart
BTo break her bones
Am C B EmBut someones got to do, the culling of the fold
12. After the Bombs Originally tabbed by: Unregistered INTRO D B G VERSE 1
D Bm GAfter the bombs subside
D BmAnd this long, low campaign
GCalls it good for the night
D BbWe meet in the streets
Bm A GWill we meet in a bar’s cold light?
D BmWe grip at our hands
GWe hold just a little tight
Fm EAfter the bombs
A DAfter the bombs subside
VERSE 2
D Bm GAnd after the rockets come
D BmAnd the glimmer of fire
GPretends an early dawn
D BbWe pinch at our skin
Bm A GWhile we wonder how we escaped harm
D BmWe forget all our trials
GAll there in our baby’s arms
G Fm EAfter the rockets
E A DAfter the rockets come
CHORUS
D G DThen we’ll go dancing
D G DWon’t we go dancing?
D G Fm EYes, we’ll go dancing
A DUntil it all starts over again
D Bm G D Bm G D Bb Bm A G D Bm G Fm E A D CHORUS
D G DThen we’ll go dancing
D G DYes, we’ll go dancing
D G Fm EWon't we go dancing
A DUntil it all starts over again
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