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The Ribs Of A Broken Umbrella Chords

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 This is how I play this song. It's very basic but sounds okay. The middle eight is 
slightly wrong (the Dm part) but it works okay. PM me with any improvements if you want. 
song this, Bell X1 did it again with another fine album of fantastic songs. Enjoy. 
Thanks to Kelsey for the help ;-)


Intro: C   F

C
She was only just a girl in a picture
                                       F
But he thought 'If I can only make her smile

Then she'd be mine'
C
He'd folded it, refolded it so many times,
                                     F
He'd already lost some of her to the creases

Precious pieces
C
He wondered how close he'd ever been to her,
                                       F
In this ebb and flow of the distance between us

Maybe she got the same bus
C
And he left a trail of string wherever he went
                                       F
When he was sleeping, he tied it to his toe

If she crossed it then he'd know


       G
But he knew
               F
That all was unravelling
            G
And he was bare
               F                G
Stripped of his skin
                               F
Like the ribs of a broken umbrella
                   C
Sticking out of a bin

Do do do do do-do do do do do do-do
F
Do do do do do-do do do do do do-do

   C
He'd pull his collar up against the wind,
                                                         F
Against those who said that trying was the first step to failing
                                C
Oh he was railing

And filled with new found purpose and pride,
                                   F
He'd make something of this heady glow

Now where would she go?

              G
But what do I know
             F
Cos all is unravelling
           G
And he was bare
               F             G
Stripped of his skin
                               F
Like the ribs of a broken umbrella
                   C
Sticking out of a bin
                 Am
Do do do do do-do

        G          Dm           C Dm       
G      Am
But he knew how to fix it, Dear Liza, Dear Liza
        G          Dm           C Dm       
G
With time's great elixir, Dear Liza, Dear Liza


C
She was only just a girl in a picture,
                                         F
But he thought 'If I could only make her smile,
                               C
Then she'd be mine'

Oh the thought of being faced with her
                                                 F
Gave him the fear and sometimes in the morning a tent

Oh lord give him strength


        G
Cos he knew
               F
That all was unravelling
            G
And he was bare
                      F
He was stripped of his skin
         G
Yeah he knew
               F
That all was unravelling
            G
And he was bare
                      F                G
He was stripped of his skin
                               F
Like the ribs of a broken umbrella
                   C
Sticking out of a bin
                                F
Do do do do do-do do do do do do-do

Do do do do d-do do do do do do-do.
                   C
Sticking out of a bin

FriendlyRanger (and Kelsey).
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Friendly Ranger wrote on August 14 2009, 01:54 pm

The middle eight part, starting with 'But he knew how to fix it', chords should read : G Dm C Dm C G Am , G Dm C Dm C G

Sorry for the confusion, I think it just came out funny in display.

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ixcamdentown wrote on January 1 2010, 11:58 am

i really like playing this song acousticly- a huuuuuge thumbs up :P

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