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Robyn Hitchcock chords for Black snake album

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Today I returned from lunch to find a
"thank you" from him -- a mug with a picture of Syd screened on one side!
The other side has  some guy (unrecognizable, at least to me) screaming,
with the words "The Anderson Council" circling his head... Chris (the
student aide) has no clue what this is all about -- a house he lived in in
British Columbia had a big crate of these mugs in the basement!
My guess is, a floyd cover band ?? Anyone know?
@ALBUM: Black Snake Diamond Role

BLACK SNAKE DIAMOND ROLE
by
Robyn Hitchcock
@The Man Who Invented Himself

I met this man called Mr Barrett or something in the South Kensington
Subway playing this tune on an old guitar.  Anyway I gave him 50p and
he showed me how to play it.

{This tune is played on the joannah on CD so it sounds natuarally
enough a little different on guitar.  These are the chords but it's
worth hunting around to get those inversions right.

Lyrics from Mr Mellotron, Chords from Tin-Ear.



Intro

A chord diagramFF   Gmin  A chord diagramBb majorBb     A chord diagramC majorC
A chord diagramFF   Gmin  A chord diagramBb majorBb     A chord diagramC majorC   A chord diagramFF

A chord diagramFF       A chord diagramBb majorBb              A chord diagramFF
He came bursting ...
A chord diagramBb majorBb                     A chord diagramFF
like a sphere ...
A chord diagramBb majorBb                       A chord diagramFF
And he cast his ...
Gmin            A chord diagramBb majorBb
it was like he ...

A chord diagramBb majorBb                     A chord diagramFF
And he landed ...
A chord diagramBb majorBb                     A chord diagramFF
But the ...
A chord diagramBb majorBb                        A chord diagramFF
And it left fim ...
          Gmin              A chord diagramBb majorBb
You could here the ...
A chord diagramBb majorBb                   A chord diagramC majorC                A chord diagramFF       G#min
He's the fellow, the man ...
A chord diagramBb majorBb                  A chord diagramC majorC                A chord diagramFF              A chord diagramFF
He's the fellow the man ...

And it continues in the same ...
A chord diagramBb majorBb                      A chord diagramFF
Nobody knows ...
A chord diagramBb majorBb                      A chord diagramFF
Nobody knows where he's ...
F2           A chord diagramC majorC
But he's ...

The F2 chord looks like this  (it's still an A chord diagramFF chord, just an inversion)
(X03311)


@SONG: BRENDA'S IRON SLEDGE

Intro:
D:-----2-2-2-0---0-------0-0-0------
A:-0-3---------3-----2-3-------3-2-0

A chord diagramA augmentedA
We head downhill, my hands ....
The iron piston ...
A chord diagramD MajorD
The steaming air as ...
A chord diagramE MajorE           A chord diagramA augmentedA             A chord diagramE MajorE
All aboard, Brenda's iron .....
All aboard, ....
A chord diagramD MajorD                    A chord diagramA augmentedA                A chord diagramE MajorE
Please don't call ....


@SONG: DO POLICEMEN SING?

The opening riff isn't really a chord,
but tabbed out I guess it would look like:

Bass plays low E...
Gtr. slides down from XXX9-11-X on beat 2,
Then X12XXX, and pull off on the A chord diagramA augmentedA string to X02XXX.

The chord would be Em, and in both cases
the two notes are A chord diagramE MajorE and Bb, so let's
just refer to them as Hi and Lo, shall we?

Between couplets in the verse,
the A chord diagramAsus2Asus2 is just X02200, picked, with the
bass going up to A chord diagramBB on beat 4.

   Hi       Lo           Hi         Lo
"O do policemen sing " I ....

    Hi      Lo          Hi              Lo  A chord diagramAsus2Asus2
"We can do anything!" I....

And so on until...the chorus:

B:      X24442
E:      X79997 (bass plays A chord diagramA augmentedA)
D:      X57775 (bass plays A chord diagramG+G)
C#:     X46664
C#maj7: X46564
F#:     244322
D#m:    X68876

A chord diagramBsus2Bsus2               A chord diagramE MajorE              A chord diagramD MajorD
It's true becauzza...  Never ....
A chord diagramD MajorD              A chord diagramC#C#         A chord diagramC#Maj7C#maj7
Never show him ...
A chord diagramF#F#           A chord diagramD#mD#m
Confidence...

The next 5 measures are picked, but if they were chords
they'd be C#: 9-11-11-10-9-9, B: 799877, and B7: 797877.
Some might choose to play these all as 7ths if they
were playing them as chords.

     A chord diagramC#C#               A chord diagramBB
'Cuz who supplies ...

     A chord diagramC#C#               A chord diagramBB
It's not your ...

A chord diagramB7B7
Or your best ...

...And back to A chord diagramE minorEm and the Hi-Lo verse part.

The end section:

--------------------
--------------------
--------------------
--------------------
---2---1---2---1----
0-----------------3-    A chord diagramD MajorD (XX0232)
...Our law and or-der's never-never-never-never-never gonna break down

Repeat 3 times, and on the last repeat (remember there's
an extra "never"), end (on "Down") with a chord which
might be described as A chord diagramE5E5 (add A chord diagramBb majorBb): 022300.

As for the outro, it starts with the same A chord diagramE5E5 (addBb) chord,
then switches to XX4442, and up to XXX775, XXX997, XXX9-12-10,
and XXX-9-11-9, as the song fades out.

--------------------------------------


@SONG: THE LIZARD
A chord diagramA augmentedA            A chord diagramE minorEm                 A chord diagramD7D7             A chord diagramC majorC      A chord diagramG+G
You wear the lizard's shoes and afterwards ....


@SONG: MEAT

A chord diagramE MajorE is played as [listen for rhythm] a sort of switch between A chord diagramE MajorE and A.
or as just a plain E, if you're into simplifying things.

A chord diagramE MajorE
It don't feel much like a ...
It don't feel much like a ...
A chord diagramA augmentedA                                         A chord diagramE MajorE
It don't feel much like a ...
A chord diagramA augmentedA                                        A chord diagramBB
It don't feel much like a girl .....
It don't feel much like a ....
A chord diagramBB                                           A chord diagramE MajorE
Oh come on baby (doo-doo-doot) .....


@SONG: ACID BIRD

Intro:
D:-0--0-0-0----------------------------
A:---0-0-0-0---------------------------

A chord diagramD MajorD
Sucking on a tap ...
                                     A chord diagramA augmentedA
Could you take it ....
A chord diagramG+G              A chord diagramD MajorD
Bending blood, ...
A chord diagramA augmentedA
The father stood, the ...
A chord diagramD MajorD                 A chord diagramA augmentedA              A chord diagramD MajorD              A chord diagramA augmentedA
Like shadow on an acid bird that ....
A chord diagramD MajorD  A chord diagramE MajorE    A chord diagramA augmentedA
So long ...

A chord diagramG+G
Fun in the sun, ...
A chord diagramA augmentedA                              A chord diagramG+G
Shallow bodies ....
A chord diagramG+G
Fun in the sun, hair ...
A chord diagramA augmentedA                                  A chord diagramG+G
Tadpoles shooting ....

@SONG: I WATCH THE CARS
* E:-0-0h3-0-3-5-3----------

A chord diagramE MajorE                                  *
I watch the ....
I watch the cars ...
I watch the cars ....
A(5)
Sometimes south ....
A chord diagramE MajorE                                  *
I watch the cars....

I hear the ....
A(5)
I wonder who ....
A chord diagramE MajorE                                  *
I'm getting ...
I see the men ...
I see the ....
A(5)
They go to ....
Who never mind ....
A chord diagramE MajorE                                  *
The prostitutes ....
Alright!
I hear you're gonna try that too

I hear you're gonna ....
A(5)
I wouldn't pay to ....

I watch the cars go ...
A(5)
Sometimes south ....
A chord diagramE MajorE                                  *
I watch ....


@SONG: OUT OF THE PICTURE
[I'm a bit unsure about the verse]
A chord diagramA augmentedA              A chord diagramD MajorD                A chord diagramE MajorE
Don't you ever ....
Don't you feel sad...
A chord diagramD MajorD           A chord diagramA augmentedA                 A chord diagramE MajorE
There is no escaping ....
A chord diagramA augmentedA                  A chord diagramD MajorD            A chord diagramE MajorE
She's never really ...
A chord diagramD MajorD
And I'm walking out of ....
A chord diagramE MajorE                    A chord diagramA augmentedA A chord diagramE MajorE            A chord diagramD MajorD
Leaving everything behind .....

A chord diagramD MajorD
She's not just a ...
            A chord diagramE MajorE
She's a big black ....
A chord diagramA augmentedA                           A chord diagramD MajorD
She swallows everything .....


@SONG: CITY OF SHAME

A chord diagramE MajorE                     A chord diagramD MajorD
It was in the ...
A chord diagramE MajorE                        A chord diagramD MajorD
That I found I ....
A(5)                B(7)
I was looking for a ....
A(5)                 B(7)
I discovered that .....


A chord diagramD MajorD           A chord diagramA augmentedA
La, la, la...
A chord diagramE MajorE           A chord diagramA augmentedA
La, la, la, ...
A chord diagramA augmentedA           A chord diagramE MajorE
La, la, la...
A chord diagramA augmentedA                   A chord diagramD MajorD
La, la, la....

It was in the ....
.......by several men
A chord diagramE MajorE           A chord diagramA augmentedA
La, la, la....a
A chord diagramE MajorE           A chord diagramD MajorD
La, la, la....
[repeat as needed]

@SONG: LOVE

A chord diagramD MajorD                         A chord diagramG+G
The sun is shining ...
A chord diagramC majorC                          A chord diagramD MajorD
I see that nothing ...
A chord diagramD MajorD                   A chord diagramC majorC
I move ...
A chord diagramG+G                           A chord diagramD MajorD
And choose the ...
A chord diagramD MajorD       A chord diagramC majorC                     A chord diagramD MajorD
Ah, ah, ah - I'm ...


Dancing On God's Thumb (3:40)
----------------------


Intro: [Soft Boys version]
e:-0----0-1-2-3----0-1-2-7-5- ?-3-0-
[the  ? is either a 5 or a 3.  Kimberly plays it very fast and
very distorted, so I can't properly tell.  If you can, let me
know]


B(7)                             A(5)
I don't mind walking ....
I don't mind waiting where ...
But when I don't have ...
       A chord diagramE MajorE                 A chord diagramD MajorD
I hate everything ....

I don't mind waiting 'til the .....
You know the first to ....

B(7)                  A(5)         G(3)      B(7)
We are all dancing ....
We are all dancing .....


Terry "The Human Mellotron" Marks
a013645t@bcfreenet.seflin.lib.fl.us

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