Peter Hammill - The Sleeper (chords)

From Peter Hammill's album "The Fall of the House of Usher".

Transcription by Ignacio Lois (

There may be a key difference from the album. I chose a key which is suitable for me to sing. So, if you want to play along, maybe you'll need to do a key change.


4/4 Fm Eb | Bbm Db | Ab Csus4 C| Fm

| Fm |           Eb |
The lady sleeps... oh, may her sleep
| Db     | Ab C |
which is enduring so be deep!
Fm | Fm Eb Fm |
Heaven hold her in its sac - red keep!
(as intro)
This chamber changed for one more holy,
this bed for one of melancholy.
| Eb             | Db           |
I pray to God that she may lie
Eb              | Db            
forever with unopened eye
         | Db    C | Fm
while the dim, sheeted ghosts go by.
My love, she sleeps. Oh, may her sleep
as it is lasting so be deep!
Soft may the worms around her creep!
Far in the forest, dim and old,
now may some tall vault enfold her;
some vault that oft hath flung its black
and winged panels fluttering back
triumphant o'er the crested palls
of her grand family funerals.....

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