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MAY DAY! - ELVIS PERKINS
transcribed by Ben Whitlock

  Intro arpeggios              
   E        C#m      B         B riff
e|-----4--------4--------7~~~--7--5--0h4--2-0--------------------------------|
B|---5---5----5---5----7-----------------------------------------------------|
G|-4--------6--------8-------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Verse:

     E     C#m   B           E     C#m   B        
Lala la la la la la la lala  La la la la la 
     E     C#m   B          E      B (riff)
Lala la la la la la la lala laaaa

             E         C#m     B                E    C#m       B  
Well I don’t care your cameras caught me crying as I left your gates
             E           C#m      B                     E       B
Or that your maintenance men they caught our last embrace

              E      C#m      B                  E      C#m        B
Well you were on the verge of tears when I first knew I would know you
             E       G#    C#m        Am         B
And now your ancient black tears they stain your robe

   E    C#m       B               E       C#m   B  
Calypso will come with me on that morning April day
       E    C#m   B              E     B (riff)
To the city of my childhood in a cage

       E          C#m    B             E            C#m   B
On the broad back of the earth we will drive twelve hours straight
          E          G#      C#m   Am    B
And we’ll take turns feeling crazy and okay

Chorus:

   Am       E       F#             E
On May Day, May Day listen for the sound
Am     E          B
Of the ambulances singing rounds down the avenue

         E       C#m  B        E             C#m      B  
Well the Captain of America he sings through his toothpaste
        E       C#m    B                 E    B (riff)
And the bubbles of his words will float away
      E       C#m   B           E     C#m        B
As he gargles out a hymn in the funny fish voice way
    E       G#     C#m      Am   B
And all the sorrow seems to go away

   Am       E       F#             E
On May Day, May Day listen for the sound
Am     E      B
Of the Geiger counters counting down

Bridge:

   E       C#m       G#          E     C#m      G#
To one and blast off baby to the inter-space of stars
    E      C#m    G#           B 
Out to the star encrusted boulevard...

Guitar Solo

    E     C#m    B                  E  C#m   B                E   C#m G#  Am          B
e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------6-6h8--6------9---8--6-6h8------------6-9-9-8-8-6-6-5-7p5h7---5-4-|
D|--------6-9--6-9--9------9---6-----------------9-6----7-9-----------------------------|
A|--7---7-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


   Am       E       F#               E
On May Day, May Day can you hear the sound
Am     E   B
Of the megaphones calling out instructions

      E         C#m   B               E      C#m      B  
And I need your quiet empire where forgetful Persians roam
         E         C#m     B              E     B (riff)
And with two hands full of silver I’ll go home
  E       C#m   B                E        C#m      B
Return me to my kingdom where my children wait for me
   E          G#     C#m     Am       B
To build them flying saucers on black sea

   Am       E       F#             E
On May Day, May Day they are going down
Am       E        B
Send the fleet of black-and-whites wailing downtown

     E     C#m   B           E     C#m   B        
Lala la la la la la la lala  La la la la la 
     E     C#m   B          E      B 
Lala la la la la la la lala laaaa

Coda:

Am       E        Am       F      G 
May Day, May Day, May Day, May Daaay
Am       E        Am       F      G 
May Day, May Day, May Day, May Daaay
Am       E        Am       F      G 
May Day, May Day, May Day, May Daaay
Am       E        Am       F          C 
May Day, May Day, May Day, May Daaaaaaay

            
            
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