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Avalanche chords

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Em                     C
Well I stepped into an avalanche,
Em         D     Em
It covered up my soul;
Em                C
When I am not this hunchback that you see,
Em        D             Em
I sleep beneath the golden hill.
G                Am
You who wish to conquer pain,
           Em                    C
You must learn, learn to serve me well.

Em                    C
You strike my side by accident
Em        D             Em
As you go down for your gold.
Em                        C
The cripple here that you clothe and feed
Em          D         Em
Is neither starved nor cold;
G                       Am
He does not ask for your company,
           Em                       C
Not at the centre, the centre of the world.

Em             C
When I am on a pedestal,
Em          D        Em
You did not raise me there.
Em                C
Your laws do not compel me
Em          D         Em
To kneel grotesque and bare.
G              Am
I myself am the pedestal
        Em                      C
For this ugly hump at which you stare.

Em              C
You who wish to conquer pain,
Em        D         D         Em
You must learn what makes me kind;
Em                          C
The crumbs of love that you offer me,
Em          D           D    Em
They're the crumbs I've left behind.
G                   Am
Your pain is no credential here,
              Em                  C
It's just the shadow, shadow of my wound.

Em              C
I have begun to long for you,
Em     D      Em
I who have no greed;
Em              C
I have begun to ask for you,
Em    D       Em
I who have no need.
G                  Am
You say you've gone away from me,
          Em                C
But I can feel you when you breathe.

Em                     C
Do not dress in those rags for me,
Em         D       Em
I know you are not poor;
Em                        C
You don't love me quite so fiercely now
Em        D             D      Em
When you know that you are not sure,
G                Am
It is your turn, beloved,
          Em            C
It is your flesh that I wear.

Em C Em D Em

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