Peter Hammill - The Institute of Mental Health, Burning (chords)

Chord transcription by Mikayel Abazyan

Playing tips

I hope that one day will come when I will be able to name guitar chords with their real names. 
Until that let G(+d) denote the G chord with added "d" on the 2nd string (3rd fret), then D(+a) 
is to denote D with added "a" on the 1st string (5th fret), and G7(-1) - G7 chord with 1st string 
open, OK?

  It was the first day of July;

  no wind breathed in the sky

Em        G
  when a pin-striped suit

Em             G(+d)                           D
  saw that the Institute of Mental Health was burning.

He stood upon the corner
where the sun was warmer...
looking across the street,
he moved the shackles on his feet
as the Institute was burning.

  D(+a) a    G        G  g    G7  G7(-1) D  c   d
Flames were roaring, singing like a    thunderstorm;

  D(+a) a   G         G     g   G7  G7(-1) D  
smoke  was pouring straight up to the    sky;

 D(+a) a     G        G  g   G7    G7(-1) D  c    d
win - dows smashing, Gothic doors and    lintels fall;

 D(+a) a     G      G    g  G7    G7(-1)  D  
tim - bers crashing and we both know    why.

Nobody else came by to stare;
you see, they didn't really care.
Can't call the fire brigade -
none of them had been paid
and so the Institute was burning.

Throughout the city, people say it isn't pretty,
everyone agrees, and everyone feels glad;
doctored brains celebrate and everyone waves their chains...
It's a pity they're all mad.

The Institute of Mental Health
spontaneously killed itself.
Ashes to ashes 
and dust to dust:
my chains began to rust
as the Institute was burning, burning, burning.

Russian Peter Hammill / Van der Graaf Generator Page
Sergey Petrushanko, 1998-2024