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Skates Chords

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Author
Tuning
C F A# D# G C
Intro + Verse        Chorus   
----------------     ------------------  
E  022100            E  022100
C  8-10-10-9-0-0     G  32003x
G  355xxx            A  x0222x
A  577600            D  10-12-12-11-x-x
                     C  8-10-10-9-x-x


- Tune down two full steps (C-standard) to match album recording 
- Live performances typically tuned down only one full step (D-standard)
- Chords identified as if in E-standard tuning to maintain regular chord shapes


[Intro]

     E          C          G   A
C |-----0-0-0-------0-0-0---------0-0-0-0--0-0-0--|
G |-----0-0-0-------0-0-0---------0-0-0-0--0-0-0--|
D#|-----1-1-1-------9-9-9---------6-6-6-6--6-6-6--|
A#|--2---------/10---------5--/7--------7---------| x2
F |--2---------/10---------5--/7--------7---------| 
C |--0---------/8----------3--/5--------5---------|


[Verse 1]

           E       C  G A           
When I was younger
               E       C  G A           
A part-time job worker
                E       C  G A           
Department store centre
           E      C  G A           
I saw a man enter
      E            C  G A           
He was middle-aged
          E            C  G A           
Deep lines on his face
            E               C  G A           
Tight mouth and eyes glazed
            E            C  G A           
Eyelids just half-raised


[Chorus 1]

                E       G        A
And I looked at him, he looked at me
             E      G     A
He looked so sad, I had to see
            E          G       A
What did he want, what could it be
            E            G         A
What had he been through before me
                  D               C
Seeing him in the store, I worked for
    E     C  G A           
That year
    E     C  G A           
That year


[Verse 2]

              E         C  G A
Ice skates he asked for
                E       C  G A
In the middle of summer
           E          C  G A
He wanted a good pair
                E         C  G A
The price he did not care
        E             C  G A
I looked for his size
             E         C  G A
Our best pair he tried
       E              C  G A
Custom back and sides
          E            C  G A
Excitement in his eyes


[Chorus 2]

                E       G        A
And I looked at him, he looked at me
             E      G     A
He looked so sad, I had to see
            E          G       A
What did he want, what could it be
            E            G         A
What had he been through before me
                  D               C
Seeing him in the store, I worked for
    E     C  G A           
That year
    E     C  G A           
That year


[Harmonica Solo]

E  C  A
E  C  A
E  C  A
E  C  A

E  C  G A           
E  C  G A           


[Verse 3]

           E          C  G A
I asked are you a pro
                 E        C  G A
He looked sad and said no
                 E            C  G A
These skates are my last hope
              E            C  G A
Without them I cannot cope


[Chorus 3]

               E         G           A
And he said my wife, she drowned this summer
           E          G    A
Behind our house, the river took her
         E       G      A 
I cannot swim, I need to find her
       E          G          A 
I will wait, till it freezes over
                D                  C
And then I will skate, as far as it takes
       D                  C
I will skate, as far as it takes
                 E     C  G A
To bring her back home
                 E     C  G A
To bring her back home
                 E     C  G A
To bring her back home
    E
Back home

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