Van Der Graaf Generator – A Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers chords

Van der Graaf Generator - A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers
Parts I - II from Edited by me.
Parts III - VI Transcribed by Cory ( July 2010
I just wrote out the sax line for The Clot Thickens, 
play some power chords if you want, or feel free to complete it for me. 


DmStill wait ing for my sav-iour, storms tear me limb from limb
C Dmmy fingers feel like seaweed. I'm so far out I'm too far in.
DmI am a lonely man, my solitude is true,
C Dmmy eyes have borne stark witness and now my nights are numbered, too.
C Am BmI've seen the smiles on dead hands,
Em C Amthe stars shine, but they're not for me.
Dm I prophesy disaster and then I count the cost...
C DmI shine but, shining, dying, I know that I am almost lost.
DmOn the table lies blank paper and my tower is built on stone;
C DmI only have blunt scissors, I only have the bluntest home.
C Am BmI've been the witness and the seal of death
Em C Amlingers in the molten wax that is my head.
Dm When you see the skeletons
Bbof sailing-ship spars sinking low
AbYou'll begin to wonder if the points of all the ancients myths
G Dmare solemnly directed straight at you...
Dm No time now for contrition, the time for that's long past,
C Dm the walls are thin as tissue and if I talk I'll crack the glass.
C Am BmSo I only think on how it might have been,
Em C Amlocked in silent monologue, in silent scream.
Dm I am much too tired to speak
Bband as the waves crash on the bleak
Abstones of the tower I start to freak
G Dmand find that I am overcome....
G"Unreal, unreal" ghost helmsmen scream and fall in through the sky,
Gnot breaking through my seagull shrieks - no breaks until I die.
Am The spectres scratch on window-slits,
Bmthe hollowed faces and mindless grins
C Am/B Am Ab G F#are only intent on destroying what they've lost.
G I crawl the wall till steepness ends in the vertical fall;
Gmy pain has sailed into the sea -no joking hopes at dawn.
AmWhite bone shine in the iron-jaw mask,
Bmlost mastheads pierce the freezing dark
C Am/B Amand parallel my isolated tower...
G F Emno paraffin for the flame,
Dm C Bm Amno harbour left to gain.
(Presence of the night / Kosmos tours) Am Fmaj7 (or Am/F or Am6 call it what you want)---------------------------------------|---1----------------------1------------|---2----------------------2------------|---2----------------------2------------|-0-----------------2----------------0--|---------------------3----1-----0h1----|
Am [b g] Fmaj7 [e f a]'Alone, alone' the ghosts all call,
Am [b g] Fmaj7 [e f a]pinpoint me in the light.
Am [b g] Fmaj7 [e f a]The only life I feel at all
Am [b g] Fmaj7 [e f a]is the presence of the night.
Am [b g] Fmaj7 [e f a] repeated [e f g] Am [e f g] Am
n.c. Would you cry if I died?
G Em Dm Em Dm Am Am Em Am Em-------6-5----6-5---| ------8---7-----8--7--|-------8-6----8-6---| ------10--8-----10-8--|-------7-7----7-7---| ------9---9-----9--9--|--5-----------------| ----------------------|--------------------| --0-------------------|--------------------| ----------------------|
G Em Dm Em DmWould you catch the final words of mine?
G Em Dm Em DmWould you catch my words?
Am Am Em Am EmI know that there's no time,
Am Am Em Am EmI know that there's no rhyme,
false signs find me.
(You don't have to play it this way, I just thought it would be fun.) Am Em/B Am/C Em/D Am/E Em/F ----8---------7---------8--------7----------8--------7------|------10--------8---------10-------8----------10-------8----|------------------9------------------9-------------------9--|-------------------------------0----------------------------|--0---------------------------------------7--------8--------|------------7---------8-------------------------------------|
Am Em Am--8-----8-------7-----7------5--|----10----10------8-----8----5--|-------9-----8------9-----9--5--|-----------------------------7--|--0-----0--------------------0--|----------------0-----0---------|
Am Em Am EmI don't want to hate, I just want to grow;
Am Em Amwhy can't I let me live and be free?
Em Am...but I die very slowly alone.
Am Em Am Em I know no more ways, I am so afraid,
Am Em Ammyself won't let me just be myself
Em Amand so I am completely alone.
Am The maelstrom of my memory
Bmis a vampire and it feeds on me;
C C/B Amnow, staggering madly, over the brink I fall.
((Custard's) Last stand) C# F# F
C# F# F Bb C Bb Lighthouses might house the key
C# F# F C C# Ebbut can I reach the door?
Bb Bbdim A Ddim C7-----------------------------------------------------------|----------6----------------5----------------5--------6--5--|--------7---7------------6---6------------6---6------4--3--|------8-------8--------5-------5--------7-------7----6--5--|----8-----------8----7-----------7----7-----------7--5--3--|--6----------------6----------------5----------------------|
C# F# F Bb C Bb I want to walk on the sea
C# F# F C C# Ebso that I may better find a shore;
Bb Bbdim A Fbut how can I ever keep my feet dry?
E7 A A A G F I scan the horizon,
E7 A A A G F Dm Am/C BmI must keep my eyes on all parts of me.
C# F# F Bb C Bb Looking back on the years
C# F# F C C# Ebit seems that I have lost my way:
Bb Bbdim ALike a dog in the night I have run to a manger,
F Enow I am the stranger I stay in.
C# D# E Ah, well.
C# F# F Bb C BbAll of the grief I have seen
C# F# F C C# Eb leaves me chasing solitary peace;
Bb Bbdim A FBut I hold experience in my head.
E7 A A A G FI'm too close to the light,.
E7 A A A G F I don't think I see right,
Dm Am/C Bmfor I blind me.
(The clot thickens)
C B C G Where is the God that guides my hand?
C B C F How can the hands of others reach me?
C B C G When will I find what I grope for?
C B C F Who is going to teach me?
C Bb C BbI am me / me are we / we can't see
C Bb Bany way out of here.
C Bb CCrashing sea, a trophied history:
Bb C B chance has lost my Guinevere...
A A A B A G# B A G# B A Eb C C B C G - C C B C F - C C B C G - C C B C F C Bb C Bb C Bb B C Bb C Bb C Bb B A A A B A G# B A G# B A Eb I don't want to be one wave in the water but sea will drag me deep: one more haggard drowned man. I can see the lemmings coming, but I know I'm just a man. Do I join or do I founder? Which can is the best I may? (Land's end (Sineline) / We go now) Eb Bb Gb Absus
Eb Bb Gb Ab Oceans drifting sideways, I am pulled into the spell,
[Ab Bb] Bb [Bb C] C Ab7/C Bb7 EbI feel you around me, I know you well.
Bb Gb AbStars slice horizons where the lines stand much too stark;
[Ab Bb] Bb [Bb C] C Ab7/C Bb7 EbI feel I am drowning - hands stretch in the dark.
Bb Gb Ab [Ab Bb] Bb [Bb C] C C Bb7/D C7 F
F C Eb BbCamps of panoply and majesty, what is Freedom of Choice?
[Bb C] C [C D] D Bb7/D C7 F Where do I stand in the pageantry, whose is my voice?
C Eb Bb It doesn't feel so very bad now, I think the end is the start,
[Bb C] C [C D] D Bb7/D C7 F begin to feel very glad now: All things are a part
Bb7/D C7 FAll things are apart
Bb7/D C7 FAll things are a part.
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