Peter Hammill - Palinurus (Castaway) (chords)

From: "Pushing E. Thirty"
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 14:21:22 GMT

Verse A1:

Am/D                 Am   Am/D 
Oh, I'm looking for a white note 
Am/D          Am       Am/D
to consolidate the key, 
Am/D            Am      Am/D
like the pilot of a night boat 
    D  Am                       Bm  G/B  Bm
in a strange, uncharted sea: Pa - linu - rus, 
    Am          Am6+           Bm    G/B  Bm
as unsure as he can be of his direction... 
        Am               Em
hell, this section's all Greek to me.

Verse A2:

There's so much I had to mention 
that seems to slip my mind; 
still, I swear that my intentions 
never left my hopes behind 
like the captain who's been trapped 
in the blind eye of the whirlwind... 
so he turns in search of the divine. 

Verse B:

I've got no answers either, 
I've got some stories of lucky days... 
Am/E                                             (individual notes: B  E  B)
the sea-lanes are crowded with people like us: 

Interlude: (Harmonica solo) 
individual notes: B  E  B (x12) - for every trio there's a different bass note: 
B G Gb F E G Gb F E G Gb F E
Am/D  Am  Am/D

Verse A3:

From soprano through to basso 
my voice so strains to tell, 
but I'm lost in the Sargasso 
of ideas that didn't gel by a fraction, 
so the action is dispelled. 
Me, I've got dull reactions, protraction of doubt as well, 
so it's no more abide with me, 
over the side with me... 
well, I know that damn well... 

Verse C:

Am/D               Am             Am/D
Oh, this hump-back of emotion, 
it all seems to go so fast: 
one moment prince of the ocean 
Em                       Bm Em
and the next upon the  raft.

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