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Ballad in Plain D C Am F C I once loved a girl, her skin it was bronze Am Bb F With the innocence of a lamb, she was gentle like a fawn C Am F C I courted her proudly, but now she is gone G G7 C G G6 G7 Gone as the season she's ta--ken. C Am F C In a young summer's youth, I stole her away Am Bb F From her mother and sister, though close did they stay C Am F C Each one of them suffering from the failures of their day G C With strings of guilt they tried hard to guide us. C Am F C Of the two sisters, I loved the young Am Bb F With sensitive instincts, she was the creative one C Am F C The constant scrapegoat, she was easily undone G C By the jealousy of others around her. C Am F C For her parasite sister, I had no respect Am Bb F Bound by her boredom, her pride to protect C Am F C Countless visions of the other she'd reflect G C As a crutch for her scenes and her society. C Am F C Myself, for what I did, I cannot be excused Am Bb F The changes I was going through can't even be used C Am F C For the lies that I told her in hopes not to lose G C The could-be dream-lover of my lifetime. C Am F C With unseen consciousness, I possessed in my grip Am Bb F A magnificent mantelpiece, though its heart being chipped C Am F C Noticing not that I'd already slipped G G7 C To a sin of love's false security. C Am F C From silhouetted anger to manufactured peace Am Bb F Answers of emptiness, voice vacancies C Am F C Till the tombstones of damage read me no question but, "Please G G7 C What's wrong and what's exactly the matter?" C Am F C And so it did happen, like it could have been foreseen Am Bb F The timeless explosion of fantasy's dream C Am F C At the peak of the night, the king and the queen G C Tumbled all down into pieces. C Am F C "The tragic figure" her sister did shout C Am Bb F "Leave her alone, God damn you, get out" C Am F C And I in my armour, turning about G And nailing her in the ruins of her pettiness. C Am F C Beneath a bare light bulb the plaster did pound Am Bb F Her sister and I in a screaming battleground C Am F C And she in between, the victim of sound G C Soon shattered as a child to the shadows. C Am F C All is gone, all is gone, admit it, take flight Am Bb F I gagged in contradiction, tears blinding my sight C Am F C My mind it was mangled, I ran into the night G C Leaving all of love's ashes behind me. C Am F C The wind knocks my window, the room it is wet Am Bb F The words to say I'm sorry, I haven't found yet C Am F C I think of her often and hope whoever she's met G C Will be fully aware of how precious she is. C Am F C Ah, my friends from the prison, they ask unto me Am Bb F "How good, how good does it feel to be free"? C Am F C And I answer them most mysteriously G G7 C "Are birds free from the chains of the skyway"?