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This is one of my favourite Decemberists songs and I was disappointed that there wasn't tab yet, so I listened to it about 10 times and figured out the chords. There are some and things that I didn't have the time to figure out but here are the basics of the song: Intro: Am Am/E Am Am/E (x4) Am Am/E C D G My mother was a chinese trapeze artist Em D In pre-war Paris Am D B Em Emadd9 Em Smuggling bombs for the underground. Am D And she met my father B C At a fete in Aix-en-Provence. Cadd9 D He was disguised as a Russian cadet Em Emadd9 Em in the employ of the Axis. C And there in the half-light C Of the provincial midnight G To a lone concertina G They drank in cantinas C D And toasted to Edith Piaf Em Emadd9 Em And the fall of the Reich. C D Am Am Am/E C D G My sister was born in a hovel in Burgundy Em D And left for the cattle Am D B Em Emadd9 Em But later was found by a communist Am D Who'd deserted his ranks B C To follow his dream Cadd9 D Em Emadd9 Em To start up a punk rock band in South Carolina. C I get letters sometimes. C They bought a plantation G She weeds the tobacco G He offends the nation C D And they write, "Don't be a stranger, y'hear." Em Emadd9 Em "Sincerely, your sister." C D Am Am Am/E So my parents had me C D G To the disgust of the prostitutes Em D On a bed in a brothel. Am D B Em Emadd9 Em Surprisingly raised with tender care Am D 'Til the money got tight B C And they bet me away Cadd9 D To a blind brigadier in a game Em Emadd9 Em Of high stakes canasta. C But he made me a sailor C On his brigadier ship fleet. G I know every yardarm G From main mast to jib sheet. C D But sometimes I long to be landlocked C And to work in a bakery. Em C Em Ahhhhh Ahhhhh Ahhhhh C D Am Listen to the recording for the rhythms. I love this song. Hope you do too.