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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: michael.healey@balliol.ox.ac.uk (Mike)
Date: Wed, 07 Jun 95 01:02:29 GMT
Subject: CRD: The Cure - The Head On The Door

Chords for all the songs on 'The Head on the Door' by The Cure.
All songs by Robert Smith.

The chords are written essentially for someone who wants to play and
sing the songs on an acoustic guitar, although I guess electric would
work too. In most cases they are quite different to what the guitarists
in the band would be playing.

All except for 'Screw' worked out by Mike Healey <michael.healey@balliol.ox.ac.uk>.
I lose this account very soon (June '95) so don't bother trying to contact me after
the end of the month.


Inbetween Days
--------------

Intro: (this is basically a riff incorporated in a chord sequence;
don't worry if it takes you a while to get it right, or just miss it out altogether).

A Asus2 A Asus2 Dmaj7 Dmaj7sus2 Dsus2 D7
A Asus2 A Asus2 Dmaj7 D5        D5    D7

A           Dsus2
Yesterday I got so old
  A                 Dsus2
I felt like I could die
Yesterday I got so old
It made me want to cry
Go on go on
Just walk away
Your choice is made
Go on go on
And disappear
Go on go on
Away from here

      Bm
And I know I was wrong
       E/B
When I said it was true
        Bm
That it couldn't be me
       E/B
and be her inbetween
        A Asus2 A Asus2 Dmaj7 Dmaj7sus2 Dsus2
without you
        A Asus2 A Asus2 Dmaj7 D5        D5
Without you

Yesterday I got so scared
I shivered like a child
Yesterday away from you
It froze me deep inside
Come back come back
Don't walk away
Come back come back
Come back today
Come back come back
Why can't you see
Come back come back
Come back to me

And I know I was wrong
When I said it was true
That it couldn't be me and be her
Inbetween without you
Without you


A: x0222x   Asus2: x0220x   Dmaj7: xx022x   Dmaj7sus2: xx0220
Dsus2: xx0230   D5: xx02xx   Bm: x2443x   E/B: x2210x   D7: xx020x

Kyoto Song
----------

Bm Bm Bm Bm A F# Bm Bm

  Bm
A nightmare of you
   Bm
Of death in the pool
Bm                                Bm
Wakes me up at quarter to three
    A                         F#
I'm lying on the floor of the night before
       Bm                         Bm
With a stranger lying next to me

A nightmare of you
Of death in the pool
I see no further now than this dream
The trembling hand of the trembling man
Hold my mouth
To hold in a scream

I try to think
To make it slow
If only here is where I go
If this is real
I have to see
I turn on fire
And next to me

It looks good
It tastes like nothing on earth
It looks good
It tastes like nothing on earth
Its so smooth it even feels like skin
It tells me how it feels to be new

   Em                              Em
It tells me how it feels to be new
  Bm                             Bm
A thousand voices whisper it true
   Em                              Em
It tells me how it feels to be new
    Bm
And every voice belongs
C                      Bm    Bm
Every voice belongs to you


Either play it as straight chords, or use this picking pattern for
each chord. (It doesn't work too well on its own though).

 Bm        A         F#        Em        C
|---------|---------|---------|---------|-------0-|
|-------0-|-------0-|-------0-|-------0-|---------|
|-----0---|-----0---|-----0---|-----0---|-----0---|
|---4-----|---4-----|---4-----|---2-----|---5-----|
|-2-------|-0-------|---------|---------|-3-------|
|---------|---------|-2-------|-0-------|---------|


The Blood
---------

F# G F# E (repeat)

Tell me who doesn't love
What can never come back
You can never forget how it used to feel
The illusion is deep
Its as deep as the night
I can tell by your tears you remember it all

G G A A F# G F# G

I am paralysed by the blood of Christ
Though it clouds my eyes
I can never stop

How it feels to be dry
Walking bare in the sun
Every mirage I see is a mirage of you
As I cool in the twilight
Taste the salt on my skin
I recall all the tears
All the broken words

I am paralysed by the blood of Christ
Though it clouds my eyes
I can never stop

B C B C
F# G F# G

When the sunsets glow drifts away from you
You'll no longer know
If any of this was really true at all


F#: 133211   G: 355433   E: 022100
A:  577655   B: 224442   C: 335553


Six Different Ways
------------------

C G/B Am (repeat)

C       G/B      Am
This is stranger than I thought
Six different ways inside my heart
And everyone I'll keep tonight
Six different ways go deep inside

Em                F
I'll tell them anything at all
I know I'll give them more and more
They think I'm on my hands and head
This time they're much too slow

C            G/B   Am
Six sides to every lie I say
It's that American voice again
It was never quite like this before
Not one of you is the same

This is stranger than I thought
Six different ways inside my heart
And everyone I'll keep tonight
Six different ways go deep inside

C: x32010   G/B: x20003   Am: x02210
Em: 022000   F: 133211

Push
----

INTRO: (this is basically a riff incorporated in a chord sequence;
don't worry if it takes you a while to get it right, or just miss it out altogether).

  Bm   Bmsus2 G9   G    D    Dsus2 A    Asus2
  1 2 3&4  &  1 2 3&4&  1 2 3&4 &  1 2 3& 4 &

G    G2/F# Em
Go   go    go
          D
Push him away
G    G2/F# Em
No   no    no
              D
Don't let him stay

   A
He gets inside to stare at her
    A
The sleeping mouth, the mouth that knows

    G  G2/F# Em
The se-cret  you
G G2/F# Em
Always  you
  A
A smile to hide the fear away
   A
Oh smear this man across the walls
     G
Like strawberries and cream
        Em
Its the only way,
         Em          D
It's the only way to be

G
Exactly the same clean room
Em
Exactly the same clean bed
G
But I've stayed away too long this time
Em
And I've got too big to fit this time...

[repeat intro]


Bm: x24432   Bsus2: x24422   G9: 300203   G: 320003
D: xx0232   Dsus2: xx0230   A: x02220   Asus2: x02200
G2/F#: 200003   Em: 022000


The Baby Screams
----------------

Dm C F C/G

Heaven
Give me a sign
Waiting for the sun to shine
Pleasure fills up my dreams
And I love it
Like a baby screams

Its so useless
How can you be proud
When you're sinking into the ground
Into the ground fills up my dreams
And I love it
Like a baby screams

Couldn't ask for more you said
Take it all
And strike me
Strike me dead

Waiting again
Waiting
Like I waited before
Waiting again
Waiting here for nothing at all
Heaven fills up my dreams
And I love it
Like a baby screams

Couldn't ask for more you said
Couldn't ever let it end
Take it all
Take it all
And strike me dead

Heaven
Heaven


Dm: xx0231   C: x32010   F: 133211   C/G: 332010


Close to Me
-----------

B
I've waited hours for this
B
I've made myself so sick
  G#m              F#          F#/E
I wish I'd stayed asleep today

I never thought that this day would end
I never thought that tonight could ever be
This close to me

Just try to see in the dark
Just try to make it work
To feel the fear before you're here

I make the shapes come much too close
I pull my eyes out
Hold my breath
And wait until I shake

E E B B
E
 But if I had your faith
E                              B       B
 Then I could make it safe and clean
E
 If only I was sure
E                               B      B
 That my head on the door was a dream

I've waited hours for this
I've made myself so sick
I wish I'd stayed asleep today

I never thought that this day would end
I never thought that tonight could ever be
This close to me

But if I had your face
I could make it safe and clean
If only I was sure
That my head on the door
Was a dream


B: x24442   G#m: 466444   F#: 244322   F#/E: 044322

A Night Like This
-----------------

F#m              D
Say goodbye on a night like this
            B                  D
If it's the last thing we ever do
You never looked as lost as this
Sometimes it doesn't even look like you
It goes dark
It goes darker still
Please stay
But I watch you like I'm made of stone
As you walk away

    C#m                      Bm
I'm coming to find you if it takes me all night
  C#m                    Bm
A witch hunt for another girl
    C#m                Bm
For always and ever is always for you
     G#m                       E
Your trust the most gorgeously stupid thing
       F#m                D  B  D
I ever cut in the world

Say hello on a day like today
Say it everytime you move
The way that you look at me now
Makes me wish I was you
It goes deep
It goes deeper still
This touch
And the smile and the shake of your head

I'm coming to find you if it takes me all night
Can't stand here like this anymore
For always and ever is always for you
I want it to be perfect
Like before

D     Bm           F#m           F#m F#m/G# F#m/A
Oh oh oh I want to change it all
D     Bm           F#m
Oh Oh Oh I want to change


This is the keyboard part written for guitar. You could use it as an intro.
(Thanks to matthew green <mrgreen@mullian.ee.mu.OZ.AU>)

     F#m               D/F#              D#dim/F#          D/F#
e -------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
b ---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
g ---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
d ---4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
a -------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
e -------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|


F#m: 244222   D: xx0232   B: x24442   F#m/G#: 444222   F#m/A: x04222
C#m: x46654   Bm: x24432   G#m: 466444   E: 022100


~From: winston campbell <jieuryli@eden.rutgers.edu>

Screw
-----

The guitar riff is quite simple
and it oscillates between strings (if there is such a thing).
The basic riff is:

E ----------------------------------------|
B ----------------------------------------|
G ----------------------------------------|
D ----------------------------------------|
A -------------------------------------5--|
E --3---1---0---1--3---3-5-3-5-3-5-3-5----|


There is also a part in the song where the riff changes, it goes unto a
different string like this:

E ----------------------------------------|
B ----------------------------------------|
G ----------------------------------------|
D -------------------------------------5--|
A --3---1---0---1--3---3-5-3-5-3-5-3-5----|
E ----------------------------------------|


There is also another part of the song where the riff goes on the D string,
which I will not get into at this time as you may see the point of this.
And that is basically it.

Screw
-----

When you screw up your eyes
When you screw up your face
When you throw out your arms
And keep changing your shape
Taste the taste in your mouth
Taste the taste on your tongue
On the film on your eyes of what I've become

What do I do when you screw up your eyes?
What do I do when you screw up your face?
What do I do
When you throw out your arms
Fall on the floor
And keep changing your shape?
Jump right into your mouth?
Jump around on your tongue?

And the film on your eyes of the way I've become
Makes me sick at the way that I try
Anything in the world
To impress that I'm doing this
Only for you

Sinking
-------

Em
I am slowing down
Em
As the years go by
Em
I am sinking

Am                     C
  So I trick myself
Am                     C
  Like everybody else

The secrets I hide
Twist me inside
They make me weaker

Am                     C
  So I trick myself
Am                     C
  Like everybody else
G                           Em
  I crouch in fear and wait
G                          Em
  I'll never feel again

   D
If only I could
   C
If only I could
   D
If only I could
  C
remember
Em
   Anything at all


The chords here are very basic and will need some filling in, e.g.
playing the bass line, or messing about with the top strings and using
different chord shapes.

=========
 Mike H.
=========
michael.healey@balliol.ox.ac.uk
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