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While You Were Sleeping chords

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  • Start by strumming G: D D, Am: D D DUDU, G: D D, A... Show more
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Start by strumming G: D D, Am: D D DUDU, G: D D, Am: D D DUDU - can do that strumming pattern throughout. Note: These lyrics are for the 6:20 long version of the song from Ash Wednesday, the music video one is shorter and the lyrics are rearranged, but the chords are the same. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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[Verse]
      G           C         G       Am
While you were sleeping your babies grew
     G       C           G       Am
The stars shined and the shadows moved
G    C        G     Am
Time flew the phone rang
      G     C                G       Am
There was a silence when the kitchen sang
    G         C         G        Am
Its songs competed like kids for space
     G        C            G        Am
We stared for hours in our maker's face
      G       C             G       Am
They gave us picks said "go mine the sun
     G  C               G            Am
And go gold and come back when you're done"
G   C   G   Am
Uh oh   Uh Oh


[Verse]
       G       C            G          Am
While you were sleeping you tossed you turned
    G           C           G     Am
You rolled your eyes as the world burned
    G        C       G     Am
The heavens fell the earth quaked
   G         C                G        Am
I thought you must be but you weren't awake, no
 G       C            G          Am
You were dreaming you ignored the sun
               G     C              G      Am
You grew your power garden for your little ones
        G     C                  G         Am
And you found brides for them on Christmas Eve
     G          C            G     Am
They hung young Cain from the Adam trees
G  C       G Am
And danced uh oh
G  C  G    Am
Uh Oh  Uh Oh


[Chorus]
Am             E                         Am 
While you were sleeping I tossed and I turned too
              Dm                  G    
I closed my eyes but the future burned through
           C             F                     E
The planet turned a hair grey as I relived the day


[Verse]
        G        C           G      Am
While you were sleeping the money died
   G           C               G      Am
Machines were harmless and the earth sighed
G    C        G    Am
The wind you swept sound 
  G      C              G    Am
and gravity brought my love around
    G      C         G     Am
The oceans rose sang about decay
    G       C            G        Am
The witches flew and the mermaids stayed
  G     C          G   Am
Full of dreams you overslept
           G         C                 G     Am
In keeping with the quiet through the walls I crept
  G          C             G       Am
I walked on tip-toes sent darkness swirling over 
 G      C              G     Am
All the kitchen in the early morning
G   C  G  Am
Uh oh uh oh

[Chorus]
                 E             Am
I'll never catch up to you who sleep so sound
   Dm                   G                  
My yawns are useless my heart beats too loud
         C                   F            E
To go to sleep my mind's too proud to bow out

[Verse]
       G     C            G    Am
While you were sleeping the time changed
G         C          G   Am
All your things were rearranged
      G      C       G      Am
Your vampire mirrors face to face
G        C           G      Am
They saw forever out into space 
      G       C            G         Am
and found you dreaming in black and white
             G     C               G     Am
While it rained in all the colors of the night
G  C  G  Am
Uh oh uh oh

[Chorus]
              E         Am                 
I watched the tv's memories 
           Dm              G
champion ships vanish to sea
        C          F                    E          
Can it be my honey bee-tween you and me

[Verse]
G   C             G       Am
So I waited for the riddled sky to be 
 G    C            G   Am
solved again by the sunrise
     G       C     G       Am
And I made a death soup for life
G      C             G      Am
For my father's ill widowed wife


[Chorus]
                    E                         Am
Did you have that stranger's dream before you woke
                 D                          G    
'Cause in your gown you had the butterfly stroke
       C                               F
Did it escape you like some half-told joke
                                   E
When you reached for your plume of smoke

[Verse]
         G   C         G    Am
And it'll haunt you my honey bee
       G      C              G     Am
Anyone who's anyone has that same dream
G         C      G        Am
Were you falling were you flying and 
G        C              G         Am
were you calling out or were you dying
   G       C                     G         Am
But thank god you're up now let's stay this way
              G     C            G      Am
Else there'll be no mornings and no more days
   G             C              G    Am
'Cause when were dreaming the babies grow
    G     C              G      Am
The sun shines and the shadows flow
  G    C        G    Am
Time flies the phone rings 
  G       C              G        C
There is a silence when everybody tries to sing
G  C   G Am
Uh oh uh oh

G  C   G Am
Uh oh uh oh

G  C   G Am
Uh oh uh oh

            
            
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