Peter Hammill - The Mousetrap (Caught In) (chords)

Transcripted by: Marc Chaunet
Chords by Xavier Alvarez (Apr. 2000)

From the album The Future Now

      Dm               C
After all is said and done, 
          Bm              D          C
Not very much will have been either way:
                       Bb                        D
I'm a chronicler of action, I'm an actor in a play.
            Dm                C
I know the lines I have to speak,
            Bm             D                   C
I know that I won't ever quit, or corpse, or dry
                               Bb                                  D
but the performance gets so pointless and the days just drift on by...
       Bb          F
Every time that I go to turn the pages of the calendar
         C                 G                        F
in the third act of this twenty-ninth year of the show
     G#           Eb
I'm aware of the latest leading lady, and get mad of her -
        Bbm            G#                F#
it's perfunctory, but why she'll never know.

Dm   C   Bb   A   (3x)      C#  E  Dm     C#  E  D

         Dm              C
When I began, I had my hopes,
             Bm              D                    C
believed that I could be a leading light of the stage,
                                 Bb                              D 
but now I've stunned myself to silence, exhausted all my inner rage,
                              Bb                                     D
extinguished all my joy and violence, trapped all my feelings in a cage.
       Bb          F
Every time that I go to turn the pages of the calendar
       C                        G       F
I can see that I'm not really going anywhere -
            G#            Eb
all these years I have skirted round experience like a scavenger...
          Bbm            G#          F#
can I really feel? - I wonder if I dare?
        Bbm                            G#          F#
At the end of the run, will there be anyone who cares?
     Bbm                            G#
And behind the actor's pose, heaven knows
                   F#   F  F#
if there's anyone left in there.

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