Van der Graaf Generator - Lifetime (chords)

Chord transcription by Mikayel Abazyan

Playing tips

Fmaj7	guitar: 0 0 3 2 1 0	keyboard: f-a-c-e
F6*	guitar: 0 0 3 2 3 0	keyboard: f-a-c-d
Bb*	guitar: 0 0 3 3 1 1	keyboard: c-d-f
Gm9	guitar: 3 5 3 3 3 5	keyboard: bb-d-f-a
F*	guitar: x x 3 2 1 3	keyboard: a-c-g

{ Fmaj7   F6*   Em7   C } x2    
{ Dm   Am ) x2

Dm/a                    Am
  I can remember it so well,

Dm/a                         Am
  the bed of roses where we lay,

Dm/a                            G             Gm
  the crown of thorns I was so keen to give away.

         Gm7             Bb
All the warning signs ignored,

                 Asus4    A
the passion's played.

Dm/a                           Am
  I could foresee what was to come,

Dm/a                          Am
  I had a sense of what might    happen.

Dm/a                       G
  The river runs and very rapidly 

   Gm              Gm7
becomes a torrent,    sweeping us

   Bb             Asus4    A
Towards our ricochet.

F6*                         Em7             C
  It takes a lifetime to unravel all the threads

           Bb*            Bb             Asus4   A
that have tied us in our webs of tourniquet.

Em(= e-b-e)  A  Em      F/c  Bb/bb  Gm7   Asus4   A

Dm/a                         Am
  I stake no claim on memory.

Dm/a                      Am
  I stand on ceremonial quicksand.

Dm/a                           G
  I look for something with solidity

to hold: 

           Gm7                 Bb                          Asus4    A
something lasting, something pristine, with no sense of decay.

Em(= e-b-e)                  A  
  Can you remember how that was?

  Can you remember?

F6*                            Em7             C
  It takes a lifetime's understanding of the flow

       F               Bb                 Asus4   A
to surrender, let the current sweep you away.

Dm                              C
  What if I'd told you I would never let you go,

         Bb                            Asus4    A
I would hold you every step along the way.

F6*                         Em7                 C
  It takes a lifetime to unlearn all that you know

      F                   Bb             A
to return the things you borrowed for a day. 

{ Fmaj7   F6*   Em7   C } x2    

F  Bb   Am

Am   G   F6*   Em7    Gm9   F*   Gm9    A

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