Joanna Newsom – Only Skin chords

Only Skin. 

F Amand there was a booming above you
G F Amthat night, black airplanes flew over the sea
F Amand they were lowing and shifting like
beached whales
G Fshelled snails
Amas you strained and you squinted to see
G F Amthe retreat of their hairless and blind cavalry
G Em7 Dyou froze in your sand shoal
C Bbprayed for your poor soul
F C Bb Dmsky was a bread roll, soaking in a milk-bowl
Em7 D C Bband when the bread broke, fell in bricks of wet smoke
F C Bb Dmmy sleeping heart woke, and my waking heart spoke
F Amthen there was a silence you took to mean something:
G Fmean, run, sing
Am G for alive you will evermore be
F Amand the plague of the greasy black engines a-skulkin'
G Fhas gone east
G Amwhile you're left to explain them to me
G F Amreleased from their hairless and blind cavalry
G Em7 D C Bbwith your hands in your pockets, stubbily running
F C Bb Dmto where I'm unfresh, undressed and yawning
Em7 D C Bbwell, what is this craziness? this crazy talking?
F C Bb Dmyou caught some small death when you were sleepwalking
A Em D A it was a dark dream, darlin', it's over
F C Bb Dmthe firebreather is beneath the clover
A Em D A beneath his breathing there is cold clay, forever
F C Bb Dma toothless hound-dog choking on a feather
F#m A Bm Dbut I took my fishingpole (fearing your fever)
F#m A Bm D down to the swimminghole, where there grows a bitter herb
F#m A Bm Bbadd6that blooms but one day a year by the riverside - I'd bring it here:
F C apply it gently
Bb Dmto the love you've lent me
F Am while the river was twisting and braiding, the bait bobbed
G F Am Gand the string sobbed, as it cut through the hustling breeze
F Am and I watched how the water was kneading so neatly
G Fgone treacly
Am nearly slowed to a stop in this heat
G F Am G- frenzy coiling flush along the muscles beneath
Am C Em Gpress on me: we are restless things
Am C Em Gwebs of seaweed are swaddling
Am Cyou call upon the dusk
Em Gof the musk of a squid
Am C Em Gshot full of ink, until you sink into your crib
Dm F Am Crowing along, among the reeds, among the rushes
Dm F C Am7I heard your song, before my heart had time to hush it!
Dm F Am Csmell of a stone fruit being cut and being opened
Dm F C Am7smell of a low and of a lazy cinder smoking
C G C G/Band when the fire moves away
Am G Ffire moves away, son
C G C G/Bwhy would you say
Am G F I was the last one?
Am C Em Gscrape your knee; it is only skin
Am C Em Gmakes the sound of violins
Am C Em Gwhen I cut your hair, and leave the birds all of the trimmings
Am C Em GI'm the happiest woman among all women!
Dband the shallow
Dbm7 Fmstretches as far as I can see
Db Eb/Dbknee-deep, trudging along
Db Fma seagull weeps; "so long"
Db Fm humming a threshing song
Fmuntil the night is over
hold on! hold on!
Dbhold your horses back from the fickle dawn
Fm I have got some business out at the edge of town
Dbcandy weighing both of my pockets down
Fm'til I can hardly stay afloat, from the weight of them
Db(and knowing how the common-folk condemn
Fmwhat it is I do, to you, to keep you warm
Dbbeing a woman, being a woman)
Bbmbut always up the mountainside you're clambering
Db groping blindly, hungry for anything
Bbmpicking through your pocket linings - well, what is this?
Db Eb scrap of sassafras, eh Sisyphus?
FmI see the blossoms broke and wet after the rain
Dblittle sister, he will be back again
FmI have washed a thousand spiders down the drain
Db spiders ghosts hang soaked and dangeling
Bbmsilently from all the blooming cherry trees
Dbin tiny nooses, safe from everyone
Bbm - nothing but a nuisance; gone now, dead and done
Db Ebbe a woman, be a woman!
Fmthough we felt the spray of the waves
Bbm Ab Gmdimwe decided to stay 'til the tide rose too far
Fm Bbmwe weren't afraid, 'cause we know what you are
Am Bmb Cmadd6and you know that we know what you are
awful atoll
Eb Dbm7add11- o, incalculable indiscreetness and sorrow
bawl, bellow:
Fm Cmadd6Sibyl sea-cow, all done up in a bow
toddle and roll;
Ebteeth an impalpable bit of leather
Dbm7add11 while yarrow, heather and hollyhock
Fm Eb Fmawkwardly molt along the shore
Dbare you mine?
Fm Dbmy heart?
mine anymore? F Db stay with me for a while
Fthat's an awfully real gun
DbI know life will lay you down
Fas the lightning has lately done
Amfailing this, failing this,
C Gfollow me, my sweetest friend
F G/F Amto see what you anointed in pointing your gun there
Clay it down! nice and slow!
G Fthere is nowhere to go, save up
Am G Fup where the light, undiluted, is weaving in a drunk dream
Am G Fat the sight of my baby, out back
Am G Fback on the patio watching the bats bring night in
Am Gwhile, elsewhere, estuaries of wax-white
F Am Gwend, endlessly, towards seashores unmapped
Em7 D C Bb last week our picture window produced a half-word
F C Bb Dmheavy and hollow, hit by a brown bird
Em7 D C Bb we stood and watched her gape like a rattlesnake
F C Bb Dmand pant and labour over every intake
A Em D AI said a sort of prayer for some sort of rare grace
F C Bb Dmthen thought I ought to take her to a higher place
A Em D Asaid: "dog nor vulture nor cat shall toy with you
F C Bb Dmand though you die, bird, you will have a fine view"
F#m Athen in my hot hand
Bm Dshe slumped her sick weight
F#m Awe tramped through the poison oak
Bm Dheartbroke and inchoate
F#m Athe dogs were snapping
Bm Dso you cuffed their collars
F#m Awhile I climbed the tree-house
Bm Dthen how I hollered!
F#m A Bm Bbadd6cause she'd lain, as still as a stone, in my palm, for a lifetime or two
F C Bb Dm then, saw the treetops, cocked her head and up and flew away and
F#m A back in the world that moves, often
Bb Bbadd6according to the hoarding of these clues
FM7 Cdogs still run roughly around
Bb Dmlittle tufts of finch-down)
F Amand the cities we passed were a flickering wasteland
G F Am G Fbut his hand in my hand made them hale and harmless
Amwhile down in the lowlands the crops are all coming
Fwe have everything
Amlife is thundering blissful towards death
G F Am Gin a stampede of his fumbling green gentleness
Am C Em Gyou stopped by, I was all alive
Am C Em Gin my doorway, we shucked and jived
Am C and when you wept, I was gone:
Em Gsee, I got gone when I got wise
Am C Em Gbut I can't with certainty say we survived
Dm F then down, and down
Am and down, and down
Cand down, and deeper
Dm Fstoke without sound
Cthe blameless flames
Am7you endless sleeper
Dm F Am Cthrough fire below, and fire above, and fire within
Dm F C Am7sleeped through the things that couldn't have been if you hadn't have been
C G Cand when the fire moves away
Am G Ffire moves away, son
G C G G/Bwhy would you say
Am G FI was the last one?
Am C Em Gall my bones they are gone, gone, gone
Am C G Dmtake my bones, I don't need none
Am C Em Gcold, cold cupboard, Lord, nothing to chew on!
Am C G Fsuck all day on a cherry stone
Am C Em Gdig a little hole, not three inches round
Am C G Dmspit your pit in the hole in the ground
Am C Em Gweep upon the spot for the starving of me!
Am C G Ftill up grow a fine young cherry tree
Am C Em Gwell when the bough breaks, what'll you make for me?
Am C G Dma little willow cabin to rest on your knee
Am C Em Gwhat'll I do with a trinket such as this?
Am C G Fthink of your woman, who's gone to the west
Am C Em Gbut I'm starving and freezing in my measly old bed!
Am C G Dmthen I'll crawl across the salt flats to stroke your sweet head
Am C Em Gcome across the desert with no shoes on!
Am C G FI love you truly, or I love no-one
Fm7 Am fire moves away
Fm7fire moves away, son
why would you say
Fm7I was the last one?
Am GLast one..
clear the room! there's a fire, a fire, a fire
Am G get going, and I'm going to be right behind you
F Am G and if the love of a woman or two, dear,
F Am couldn't move you to such heights, then all I can do
G F Amis do, my darling, right by you
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