Thompson Richard - First Light Album tab

From: phillip@phoenix.Princeton.EDU (Phillip Charles Saunders)

RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON - FIRST LIGHT
version 1.0,  Nov 12,1993
Transcribed by Phil Saunders (phillip@phoenix.princeton.edu)
Additions/Corrections welcome!
 
Restless Highway (Lyrics,Chords,Partial Tab)
Sweet Surrender (Lyrics)
Don't Let a Thief Steal into Your Heart (Lyrics)
The Choice Wife (Instrumental)
Died For Love (Lyrics, Chords)
Strange Affair (Lyrics)
Layla (Lyrics)
Pavanne (Lyrics)
House Of Cards (Lyrics)
First Light (Lyrics,Chords,Partial Tab)
 
RESTLESS HIGHWAY
Richard Thompson
Transcribed by Phil Saunders
 
Intro (2 times)
 
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G C G C I am a travelling man, I have no country G C G C And travelling people are my kin by birth G C G C No chains will keep me from my destination G C G G And far-flung are my footsteps on this earth Am D There's something in my mind that makes me Am D Something in the wind that takes me G C D Like the dust, I'm blown out on the street again G C G Restless highway C/E D I need to leave this town behind G C G Restless highway C/E D Come see the country of my mind G C G You hear my footsteps C D Wherever this rocky road will wind G C D G This empty restless highway is my heart By way of trade I am anything you fancy I'll sew your purse, I'll milk your garden cow I'll shine your shoes or sew your silver button I'll punch your nose, I'll sharpen up your plough There's something in my mind that makes me Something in the wind that takes me Like the dust, I'm blown out on the street again Restless highway I need to leave this town behind Restless highway Come see the country of my mind You hear my footsteps wherever this rocky road will wind This empty restless highway is my heart Restless highway I need to leave this town behind Restless highway Come see the country of my mind You hear my footsteps wherever this rocky road will wind This empty restless highway is my heart This empty restless highway is my heart SWEET SURRENDER I gave my heart to you Oh, oh, oh, oh I gave my heart to you Oh, oh, oh, sweet surrender Sweet surrender, ah, sweet surrender How long, how long, how long? I'd give the world for you Oh, oh, oh, oh I'd give the world for you Oh, oh, oh, sweet surrender Sweet surrender, ah, sweet surrender How long, how long, how long? You make me weep when you touch my hand Oh, I should run from here but I can't seem to stand Oh, I can't leave you Oh, I believe you And I believe you'll understand I feel you next to me Oh, oh, oh, oh I feel you next to me Oh, oh, oh, sweet surrender Sweet surrender, ah, sweet surrender How long, how long, how long? Oh, I can't leave you Oh, I believe you And I believe you'll understand You make my heart beat Oh, oh, oh, oh You make my heart beat Oh, oh, oh, sweet surrender Sweet surrender, ah, sweet surrender How long, how long, how long? Sweet, sweet surrender Sweet, sweet surrender Sweet, sweet surrender Sweet, sweet surrender DON'T LET A THIEF STEAL INTO YOUR HEART (Chorus) Don't let a thief steal into your heart Or you may end up broken-hearted Don't let a whisper tear you apart Or you'll be right back where you started How many days does a man think he has That he can spend his whole time dreaming? How many schemes isn't one man thinking up And does he think he's the only one scheming? (Chorus) Stop your lies and stop your cheating It never did you no good, no good How can you say you will when you won't When you know you never would if you could? (Chorus) Everyone is in love with money Strange news 'cause they say that love is blind How many times did you meet somebody Who said they had some real peace of mind? (Chorus) (Chorus) THE CHOICE WIFE (Instrumental) DIED FOR LOVE Ab Bb Ab Bb John Gumblain, Annie Painter Eb Ab Bb They were true lovers to the end Ab Bb Ab Bb They grew up together Eb Bb In the streets where no one is your friend Eb Bb They mixed their hearts' blood together Eb Bb They swore they'd always be true Eb Bb When Annie left for the summer Eb Ab Bb She said "For now, but never adieu" "I'd give my life to be with you" Some will die for fortune, Some will die for pleasure But only lovers died for love The summer turned into winter But Annie Painter never came Cold wind blew through the dark town And it chilled the heart of John Gumblain He took the road to every city He sailed to every port of call He hung his head as tears were falling He scratched his message on the wall "I'd give my life to be with you" Some will die for fortune, some will die for pleasure But only lovers died for love He was broken, he was . . . His face was old and cracked with tears He was dying of disease That shook his frame for thirteen years As he lay sickening by the roadside A voice came drifting through the air It was the voice of Annie Painter She sang a song ?three times clear? "I'd give my life to be with you" Some will die for fortune, some will die for pleasure But only lovers died for love He went running through the city He searched for day after day When he found her, she was dying And all for love of John Gumblain She said "Forgive my cruel father He tried to keep me away And don't despair for my dying For this is our wedding day" "I'd give my life to be with you" Some will die for fortune, some will die for pleasure But only lovers died for love But only lovers died for love (repeat) STRANGE AFFAIR This is a strange affair The time has come to travel but the road is filled with fear This is a strange affair My youth has all been wasted and I'm bent and grey with years And all my companions are taken away And who will provide for me against my dying day? I took my own provision but it threw me and wasted away This is a strange, this is a strange affair Oh, where are my companions? My mother, father, lover, friend and enemy Where are my companions? They're prisoners of death now and taken far from me And where are the dreams I dreamed in the days of my youth? They took me to illusion and they promised me the truth And what do sleepers need to make them listen, why do they need ?more room?? This is a strange, this is a strange affair LAYLA I drew near to the house of Layla It was then I heard her call Her sweet voice made me wish that it would never end at all Oh, you say you see some good in me It's only from her light Take this . . . from me, don't look to her delight She was pleased with me She drew me nearer She turned me into a retreat Oh, she didn't like company She spoke to me She let me, a sinner, free (Chorus) Oh, Layla, Layla, Layla, Layla Oh, Layla, Layla, Layla, Layla Oh, Layla, Layla, Layla, Layla Oh, Layla, Layla, Layla, Layla Then she came close to me The veils fell from her sight She dazzled me, she bewildered me Confused me with her light Oh, you say you see some good in me It's only from her light Take this . . . from me, don't look to her delight And there she took me And there she possessed me She showed her meaning to me I thought my soul Would be her ransom I thought that she was leaving (Chorus) And there she slew me She tore me to pieces My blood stained like a dye And when I was dead She brought me to life My star shone in her sky (Chorus) PAVANNE Pavanne, cold steel woman, Pavanne How do you love a woman With eyes cold as the barrel of her gun? Who's never missed her mark on anyone Pavanne, Pavanne, Pavanne Casino doors swing open, the rich men raise their eyes They say "Who is this beauty, as elegant as ice?" And later there's an accident, another charge d'affaires Is lying in a pool of blood, no witness anywhere And they say she was a hundred miles away The hotel porter saw her climb the stairs And the maid, with trembling hands, knows what to say When the judge says "Are you sure?", "I'm sure," she swears Pavanne, cold steel woman, Pavanne How do you love a woman With eyes cold as the barrel of her gun? Who's never missed her mark on anyone Pavanne, Pavanne, Pavanne At the presidential palace, a thousand people saw His Excellency leave his car and never make the door The blood flows from his fingers as he clutches at the stain He staggers like a drunken man lies twisted in the rain And they say she grew up well-provided for Her mother used to keep her boys for sure And father's close attention led to talk She learned to stab her food with a silver fork Pavanne, cold steel woman, Pavanne And they say she didn't do it for the money And they say she didn't do it for the man They say that she did it for the pleasure The pleasure of the moment Pavanne, cold steel woman, Pavanne How do you stop this woman When everyone is moving in a trance? Like prisoners of some slow portly dance Pavanne, Pavanne, Pavanne Pavanne, Pavanne, Pavanne HOUSE OF CARDS Oh, the rain is falling Blow, blow, down And the whirlwind rolls Blow, blow, down I'll shake your windows Blow, blow, down And rattle your door Blow, blow, down Blow down this house of cards Blow down this house of cards They're washing the streets Blow, blow, down With the blood of your kind Blow, blow, down Ah, look over your shoulder Blow, blow, down They're right behind Blow, blow, down Blow down this house of cards Blow down this house of cards The birds are wheeling Blow, blow, down Up above your head Blow, blow, down All your days are numbered Blow, blow, down You're as good as dead Blow, blow, down Blow down this house of cards Blow down this house of cards This very fine house Blow, blow, down Of great renown Blow, blow, down It's cracked and shaky Blow, blow, down And a-tumbling down Blow, blow, down Blow down this house of cards Blow down this house of cards Blow down this house of cards Blow down this house of cards FIRST LIGHT Richard Thompson, Transcribed by Phil Saunders Intro Chords (4 times): D C Bm
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D C Bm Give me what I ask for D C Bm Give me what I long for G D G G D G First light, first light D C Bm I came to you for refuge D C Bm Don't leave me to the thieves D -
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