Van der Graaf Generator - Sill Life (chords)

Sergey Khmelev s_me@li.ru
G#	   C#m		    B	    E		B
Citadel reverberates to a thousand voices, now dumb:
		A			    G#
what have we become? What have we chosen to be?
	  C#m		B	    E		    B
Now, all history is reduced to the syllables of our name -
			A			    G#
nothing can ever be the same now the Immortals are here.
	C#m		  B
At the time, it seemed a reasonable course
    B			     A
to harness all the force of life without the threat of death,
     G#
but soon we found
that boredom and inertia are not negative,
		    C#m
but all the law we know 
	      B			    A
and dead are Will and words like survival.

G#	      C#m	     B		E	   B
Arrival at immunity from all age, all fear and all end....
	   A			     G#
Why do I pretend? Our essence is distilled
	   C#m			B
and all familiar taste is now drained
	    E		  B			A
and though purity is maintained it leaves us sterile,
C#m		    B
living through the millions of years,
	     B
a laugh as close as any tear....
		A
Living, if you claim that all that entails is
G#
breathing, eating, defecating, screwing, drinking,
		    B
spewing, sleeping, sinking ever down and down
			     A
and ultimately passing away time
which no longer has any meaning.

B-C#m			B
Take away the threat of death
B-C#m				B
and all you're left with is a round of make-believe;
B-C#m			B
marshal every sullen breath
B-C#m				B
and though you're ultimately bored by endless ecstasy
B-C#m						B
that's still the ring by which you hope to be engaged
B-C#m			    B	    C#m
to marry the girl who will give you forever -
	B	    C#m
that's crazy, and plainly
	     B		A5-G#5-F#5-E5
it simply is not 
F#	C#	E5-D#5-C#-B
enough.

F#	C#	E5-D#5-C#-B	x?
Bm		A

G#      		C#m   
What is the dullest and bluntest of pains,
	      B		E			B
such that my eyes never close without feeling it there?
		A			G#		C#m
What abject despair demands an end to all things of infinity?
	    B		      E		  B
If we have gained, how do we now meet the cost?
					  A
What have we bargained, and what have we lost?
						     G#
What have we relinquished, never even knowing it was there?

C#m		   B         
What chance now of holding fast the line,
B
defying death and time
     A
when everything we had is gone?
		G#
Everything we laboured for and favoured more
					C#m
than earthly things reveals the hollow ring
	  B		    A
of false hope and of false deliverance.

C#m	     B
But now the nuptial bed is made,
     B
the dowry has been paid;
     A				   G#
the toothless, haggard features of Eternity
now welcome me between the sheets
   B				   a   g#
to couple with her withered body - my wife.

g#   a f# g#
Hers forever,
f#   g# e f#
hers forever,
e    f# e d#
hers forever
d#  e     C#m
in still life.



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