Peter Hammill - A Better Time (chords)


From: william pilong
Date: Wed, 07 Oct 1998 12:12:41 PDT

Intro: G  A  G  D/A

    D             Em          D        G      A       G
As surely as the countdown begins our time is not our own

  D                  Em            D          G        D        A
already there's the breath of the wind which bleaches bare the bones

        A/E          D           A/E             D
of the deadlines we set, of the jokes we don't get

     A/E                   D          A
and forgetfullness that furrows the brow...

    G          A      D      G
no I'll never find a better time

    G             A
to be alive than now.


          D         Em          D
So I wake up, to remainder the dream

         G           A          G
of personality and posture and face

       D          Em          D
for nothing can remain as it seems

    G            D             A
in some perfect state of pure grace

       A/E          D         A/E        D
all we prize and protect only cause and effect

         A/E                     D            A
but I suspect the furrow may be guiding the plough

    G           A        D    G
and I'll never find a better time 

   G             A
to be alive than now

   G              A
to be alive than now.


musical interlude based on same chord progression, transposes to E


   E           F#m             E
No better, no worse, much the same,

    A           B           A
we wait on the why and the when;

    E                 F#m         E
no question but we'll go   as we came

         A            E            B
with no shift in the shape of the zen

       B/D#       E            B          E
and it is   as it is and we take as we find

        B             E           B
always next season's buds on the bough...

     A          B     E       A
but I'll never find a better time

 A             B       E
hard though it is to allow

 A          B      E      A
I'll never find a better time

   A              B
to be alive than now.


 A           B             E     A
This is the life and we've only time

   A               B          E
to be alive right now, right now.



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