Peter Hammill - Tapeworm (chords)

Chord transcription by Mikayel Abazyan

Playing tips

The shown chords the intro starts with are played on piano in a special way. 
Just in case, some guitar idea is also provided. For the vocal only fragment 
of this song nothing is provided. For all mentioned above refer to the o
riginal recording.

Dm7	piano:	d-g-c	guitar:	x 0 0 0 1 x	or	5 5 5 5 5 5
Dm	piano: 	d-a-d	guitar:	x 0 0 2 3 x 	or	5 5 7 7 5 5
Em(+f)	0 2 2 0 0 1
Am(+d)	0 0 2 2 3 0
G(+c)	3 2 0 0 1 0

For the below chords I play quintas:

A*	piano:	a-e-a	guitar:	5 7 x x x x
D*	piano:	d-g-d	guitar:	x 5 7 x x x
C*	piano:	c-g-c	guitar:	x 3 5 x x x    and not x 7 9 x x x
C#*	piano:	c#-g#-c#	guitar:	x 4 6 x x x

INTRO: { d  Dm7  Dm  d  Dm7  Dm  d  Dm7  Dm  d  Dm7  Dm } (x2 piano only, then x2 full band)

  Dm7                         Dm                     
When I was a child they made me read

      Dm7                     Dm 
word-daggers of quiver and squirm;

Dm7                     Dm 
  now in the stumbling dark I see 

Dm7       Dm   Am                         E7
  I am a worm,    silently fruiting your garden,

    Am          Em
my sister, my child.

Dm7           Dm                       Dm7          Dm  
  Night casts ominous meanings on the purity of my soul

Dm7       Dm                      Dm7                 Dm  
  I feel devilish leanings I'm beginning to lose control 

         Fm/f    (Fm/g#)   Am    Am(+d) G(+c) 
and the vortex            sucks me      in.

  Am        G     G#
Steeped in sin I die 

                 d  Dm7  Dm   D7  Dm
but am reborn.

d  Dm7   Dm   D7  Dm     d  Dm7  Dm   D7  Dm

I want to see the cosmos slip,
planets and moons collide,
feel gravity lose its grip...
it's all inside
All the dead husks are shattered, 
my life-blood, my world ripped apart 
in the laughter of space
it's all chaff blown out and lost.
Now I am making the pace 
although I don't know what tape I'll cross...
maybe catastrophe.
When I cross the line 
I know that I will find myself 
or maybe you.


I am a man from the country of destruction,
I am a man a woman and a god,
I am my own weapon of kamikaze
and will one day cut through the
hidden knot

d  Dm7   Dm   D7  Dm     d  Dm7  Dm   D7  Dm

Dm7                  Dm 
  Feed me honey and watch me rise 

        Dm7                Dm 
to the bait lying on the knife;

Dm7                    Dm       Dm7       Dm  
  if you let me I can hypnotise     your life. 

Am                    E7
  It's all really so simple,

    Am         Em(+f)
my lover, my twin. 

Dm7                Dm 
  Hand in hand, sprinting down the highway, 

Dm7                Dm 
  running over the edge, 

Dm7         Dm 
  on and on into our doomsday;

          Dm7       Dm 
there is no saving ledge 

    Fm/f             (Fm/g#)   Am      G 
nor outgrown shrub.

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