By Josh Ritter
This is based on a 10/6/10 show at McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ. The lyrics (from
same show) were found on the Chimney Smoke blog and were transcribed by the author. The
are taken from the video and are most likely correct.
The song is picked with a quick pattern (hear and watch him perform the song on Chimney Smoke)
Capo 2nd fret (he has played it open in concert as well)
All chords are relative to the capo
There are two progressions
C F, C G C
E7 G C F, C G C
CThe angel of the Holy Grail
C G CSo he took the Holy Grail off the shelf.
CAnd inside the holy chapel made for
FHoly Grail hiding the angel
C G CCould be seen to smile to himself.
E7 G"If you're the great Sir Galahad
C FFrom now on," said the angel
C G C"May all angels call me blessed of my race."
E7 G"If you're not the great Sir Galahad
C F CI'll warn you, keep on riding and if you are
G CI pray you'll let me see your face."
CGalahad took off his helmet, said
F"Good angel look upon me.
C G CFear not, for I bring tidings of great joy.
CFor long years the grail you've guarded, now
FYou get to let me drink it, how
C G CHappy must be angels thus employed."
C"All the favors you shower upon
FMe, a simple angel," said the
C G CAngel, "your magnificence abounds.
CTake your boots off great Sir Galahad,
FFor by your astounding beauty whatever
C G CGround you stand on turns to holy ground."
CGalahad took off his boots, and he
FWatched the ground quite closely
C G CAnd the angel smiled to himself again.
CHe said, "I can't believe I'm asking, but
FSir Galahad please tell me, what is
C G CIt that makes you want to go to heaven?
E7 GIn heaven there's no lamb chops,
C FQueen Guinevere's for hand jobs,
C G CMarijuana, Kenny Rogers, or Ecstasy.
E7 GNo pillaging, no rape, perhaps
C Fyou've come by some mistake to me
C G Cthis seems more error than knight errantry.
CYes, and what about the stable boys,
FI know you think they're handsome
C G Cand some of them, they think you're awful handsome too.
CAnd, sitting up in heaven, you'll still
Fthink about them often, when you're an
C G Cangel thinking's all that you can do."
E7 GAt this, Sir Galahad got angry,
C F"Angel," he said, "don't you tempt me.
C G CI wish to go to heaven and not to hell.
E7 GSo when stable boys look lonesome,
C FWhen the women call me handsome,
C G CI'll hold me virtue very firmly by myself."
C"I guarantee you'll hold it often,"
Fsaid the angel. "Oh one more thing, before you
C G Cdrink the wine, please take your armor off.
CI gotta carry you to heaven,
FAnd despite what you'd imagine,
C G CI have trouble bearing heavy things aloft."
C G CHis boots and helmet scattered all around.
CHis perfect lips, they sipped the grail,
FHis perfect heart commenced to fail,
C G CHis perfect body fell upon the ground.
E7 GThe angel lit a cigarette.
C FWhen he was sure Galahad was dead,
C G CHe picked all of his clothes up off the floor.
E7 GThen I put on his boots and armor
C FI laid his body on the altar
C G CPut his helmet on and I headed for the door.