Peter Hammill - Of Kith and Kin (chords)


Chord transcription by Mikayel Abazyan mikayelabazyan@yahoo.com


Playing tips

As it always happens with my transcripts, the small letters with "+" sign in brackets 
denote specific notes added to the chord. Also, "-" sign denotes some quick change between 
chords, like flowing one into another. Also, usual Cadd9 here presented as C chord with 
added "d" note in order to show how the it goes around the base C chord.

This is my personal way of reproducing what my ears hear, so probably some correct way of 
writing down the chords exist but has been passing me by all those years. Having not 
enough time to contact real professionals and providing those correct chords I decided to 
leave it as is. Anyway, since I do this all for my personal needs, I will then be forced to 
decode those chords back to my "format". This field of improvement I happily leave for those 
of you who can improve them, but for that you should first refer to the original recording. 
Everything is there!


C(+f)	x 3 2 0 1 1
C(+d)	x 3 2 0 3 0	(=Cadd9)
Fsus4	1 1 3 3 1 1
C*	3 3 5 5 5 5
C*(+c)	x 7 5 5 5 8
G*(+b)	x x 0 7 8 7
F*	x x x 5 6 5


Intro:
{ C   C(+f)-C(+d)   C } x4    

C   C            C(+f)       C  C(+f)-C(+d) C
C   C            C(+f) C(+d) C  F  Fsus4-F  Fsus4-F
C   C(+f)-C(+d)  C           C  F  Fsus4-F  Fsus4-F   G(+d)  F 
C   C(+f)-C(+d)  C           C  C-C-G-G     G
C   C(+f)-C(+d)  C


C                      F            C
  From a distance the coast looks clear...

C                     F        C
  drawing closer, I choke the tears back.

    F                                     C
So many stories have unravelled down the years

            F 
and what remains, what's left before me

         G               F                      C
is the pricking of the thumbs, the needles and pins...

                    G
the thinning-out begins

    G        C
of kith and kin.


 C                         F       C
Time and tide, all that's washed away,

C                     F       C
  empty postures and lost connections

    F                                      C
to memory's echoes, in the end all that endure

            F
are single words and gestures.

          G            F                     C 
All the stories we've served grow serially thin:

                      G
the walls are falling in

    G        C
on kith and kin.


C*         G      F
  Witness to the times,

C*             G      F
  which one of us survives?


C                         F         C
  Scraped-out pages of scribbled scrawl,

C                      F      C
  blunted nibs as the devil drives us,

       F                                  C
while mere survival makes a mockery of us all

           F
until the last one standing

            G                   F           C
cracks the code that we're all carrying within,

                   G
imprinted on the skin

    G        C
of kith and kin.


From a distance the coast looks clear,
drawing closer I choke the tears back.
So many stories have unravelled down the years
and what remains, what's left before me
is the pricking of the thumbs, the needles and pins...
the thinning-out begins
of kith and kin.


C*(+c)     G*(+b) F
  Witness to the times,

C*(+c)         G*(+b) F
  which one of us survives?


(Try playing these last chords below on the higher frets, like 
Am = x x x 14 13 12, G = x x x 12 12 10, and F = x x x 10 10 8)


Am         G      F
  Witness to the times,

Am             G      F                        e
  which one of us survives?




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