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Yankee Bayonet tab

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"Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)"
Song by the Decemberists,
from The Crane Wife (major label sellout album)
This is a loose interpretation of the song because
I can't be bothered to do a good enough job to get sued over
Use your best judgment and make it your own

       Cadd9            Am

C                        Am
Heart-carved tree trunk, Yankee bayonet
C                   Am
A sweetheart left behind
C                         Am
Far from the hills of the sea-swelled Carolinas
C               Am
That's where my true love lies

There is this bit (if you can manage it) during the verse, but NOT during the "hup hup" part


C Am C Am
(hup hup hup...)

C                    Am
Look for me when the sun-bright swallow
C              Am
Sings upon the birch bough high
C                                  Am
But you are in the ground with the voles and the weevils
C                             Am
All a'chew upon your bones so dry

A (Major!)   C
But when the sun breaks
A          C        G
To no more bulletin battle-cry
A             C
Then will you make a grave
A             F
For I will be home then
I will be home then
I will be home then
I will be home then


When I was a girl how the hills of Oconee
Made a seam to hem me in
There at the fair when our eyes caught, careless
Got my heart right pierced by a pin

But oh, did you see all the dead of Manassas
All the bellies and the bones and the bile
Though I lingered here with the blankets barren
And my own belly big with child

But when the sun breaks
To no more bulletin battle-cry
Then will you make a grave
For I will be home then
I will be home then
I will be home then
I will be home then

*The chords are the same here but the timing changes*
F                               G
Stems and bones and stone walls too
Could keep me from you
F                     E
Scaly skin is all too few
To keep me from you


But oh my love, though our bodies may be parted
Though our skin may not touch skin
Look for me with the sun-bright sparrow
I will come on the breath of the wind

end on Am

Tab by moothemagiccow \*at*/ hotmail /dot\ com
(dont email me, all I get is spam)
If you're going to repost this, leave me the credit
because it took all of 20 minutes nyah nyah

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cincygrungeking 40 Apr 15, 2008 03:49 PM

oh yeah, major label = sellout...douchebag. pay no attention to the fact that it's some of the best songwriting ever to grace the earth, it's awful because they went with a *gasp* major label. colin meloy = god.

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fast-lagardo 10 Oct 08, 2008 07:25 PM

I love the decemberists you need to buy the crane wife album

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Warpstarkirby 112 Aug 21, 2010 10:12 AM

the line is "bullets in Battle Creek", not "bulletin battlefield"

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