Peter Hammill - Edge of the Road (chords)


Chord transcription by Mikayel Abazyan mikayelabazyan@yahoo.com


     E           A
The lady was in waiting

         E                  A
for whatever story might unfold

E        A                        E                     A
  anticipating that somehow base metal would turn into gold

              C
yeh, she was always looking for a brighter spot,

          B
eager to tap into the motherlode

       E
at the edge of the road.

         
   E            A
A world of separation,

E                                    A
  treasuring each pleasure and each pain

E             A
  distance is arching between them,

E                             A
  a rainbow, no gold in the frame

           C
until the boy with a smile like forget-me-nots

              Bb
will finally come in from the rain.

                     E
But he's out there still:

                    A                          B
in the hourglass a sandstorm has stripped his sails,

                 E
only wanting to fill up his pockets

          A                       B
with the dust of all the bygone trails.

 C#m           B             ?
Someday he'll make his way home.

              A                 F#m                   B
But will the man of the moment finally make himself known

     A
and lay down his load

       B     E          A
at the edge     of the road?
         
       B     E          A
at the edge     of the road?

E                   A
  The woman was in waiting

E                              A
  less in expectation than in hope;

            C
maybe he'd come to his senses in a little while

                      Bb
if she just paid out plaits of flaxen rope.

              E
But he never will,

                                               B
in his heart there's the murmur of an alien disease,

                   E
waking up to the chill of the knowledge

           A                           B
that his travel's brought him to his knees.

 C#m        B
Nowhere is safe from all harm;

             A                 F#m                  AB   ??????
so will the man of her memory fall finally into her arms
			(will the man of her memory be charmed?)

   A
before he explodes

         B            E
  at the edge of the road?


E                   A
  All is suddenly abandon,

E                                A
  all his planned accommodation failed,

E                       A
  all his actions and reactions are random,

             E                     A
hot on the scent of a stone-cold trail.

                C
And though she burns a candle to his memory

            B
all of her patience was bound to fail

                     E
for he's out there still

                       A                   B
with a thousand-mile stare falling on his face,

                   E
chasing after a thrill

                      A                             B
that'll take him out beyond all sense of time and place.

 A       B               A
Head on     into the unknown,

            A                                       B
here's the man chasing mystery finally missing his own.

       A                B
But that's how it goes

        E           G
at the edge of the road.

                  E            A
There's a cutting edge to the road

       E    A         E       A
at the end    of the road,

       E    A         E       A
at the edge   of the road. 


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