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Hymn For The Fallen Chords

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This is in a different key from the recording--partly to have novice-friendly chords and partly because it's hard to determine in the original what the piano chords even are. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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[NOTES] I had to take a few liberties to make this work for the acoustic guitar. First, this is obviously
in a different key from the key she sings it in. In addition, the artist's versions are very 
languid and mournful, which works with her piano accompaniment. But I think the guitar version should be 
played at a slightly less plodding tempo, like the slowest blues songs. Finally, the lyric 
"My ear attends to you" is correct and makes much more sense than the oft-cited "My attends to you," 
which I believe can be ascribed to mis-hearings of her Australian accent.

[STRUM PATTERN]: Slow downward, simple quarter note on each chord, follow by about a full beat of rest.

[VERSE]
G
My ear

Am
Attends to you,

Dm
as a mother hears

Am
while her children sleep.

[BRIDGE]

G
Now look:

Am
See how they're dreaming?

Dm
The black reciter reads

Am
while the children dream.

G             D
Don't       go

Am
So deep in slumber,

Em
Where you'll shy.

Am        C          G
Know you'll wander in sleep.

        Am                  D
Don't you fly          too far away.

[BRIDGE 2]

G          Am
Some men die 

C          Am
without crying--

Dm              Am                G
Suffering so long         and alone.

C          Em           Am         
Softly, children, dry your eyes.

C                 G
Gently, children, be wise.

[VERSE 2]

G
My ear attends to you,

Am
as a mother hears

Dm
all her children's fears.

G
So don't cry;

Am
all will wash away

G
when we pray.

Am
Soon, soon, soon, soon, soon.

Am                       C
So if it's okay, I'll wait with you a while.

G
The sun begins to shine.

[BRIDGE 3]

C                          Em
Oh, look: Your wings are broken,

Dm       Am         G
But never a lie was spoken.

C            Am           Em
The murdered thing is love, you see--

Am                G
Drifting on a lake of memory.

C             Am                C
Now sleep. Close your eyes and have no fear;

G
A wide blue sky is very near.

[VERSE 3]

G
My ear 

Am
Attends to you,

Dm
As a mother hears

Am
All her children's fears.

[RESOLUTION]

G
So don't cry;

Dm
All will wash away

G
When we pray.

[OUTRO] (Strum each x3 in waltz (3/4) time)

G Em Am C

G (Strum once slowly)
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