VdGG - The Undercover Man (chords)

Date: Sat, 30 Oct 1999 04:58:00 -0500 (CDT)
From: Ignacio Lois 

The Undercover Man

From Van der Graaf Generator's album "Godbluff"

Transcription by Ignacio Lois (tangermail@yahoo.com)
This one's easier than you would think.

Intro: Fm

Fm       C               Fm
Here at the glass - all the usual problems,
all the habitual farce.
Fm               C                       Fm
You ask, in uncertain voice, what you should do
as if there were a choice
         Db      Cm
but to carry on miming the song

(Note: here I put a line in lower case you can play as a bass line, 
and then the chord.)

g - ab - bb-ab- g - eb - g - Fm
and hope that it all works out right.
Tonight it all seems so strange - my spirit feels rigid,
my body deranged;
still that's only from one point of view
and we can't have illusion between me and you,
my constant friend, ever close at hand -
you and the undercover man.
(g - ab - bb-ab- g - eb - g - Fm) x 3
Eb       Fm Db
I reflect: 'It's very strange to be going through this change
with no idea of what it's all been about
except in the context of time...'
A        B
Oh, but I shirk it, I've half a mind not to work it all out.
C# B Co
C# F# G#
Is this madness just the recurring wave of total emotion,
C# F# G#
or a hide for the undercover man,
C# F# G#
or a litany - all the signs are there of fervent devotion -
C# B B - Bmaj7 | B B - Bmaj7 | C#/B C#7/B - C#6/B | B
or the crack - ing of the dam?
Fo Fo/Ab Fo/Cb Fo/Ebb Ebm
It's cracked; smashed and bursting over you,
Db B
there was no reason to expect such disaster.
Now, panicking, you burst for air,
drowning, you know you care
Ebm/Db Ebm/C
for nothing and no-one but yourself
C# F#
and would deny even this hand which stretches out towards you to help.
F# F#maj7 B Bb
But would I leave you in this moment of your tri - al?
F# F#maj7 B Bb
Is it my fault that I'm here to see you cry - ing?
These fantom figures all around you should have told you,
you should have found out by now,
F#maj7 B
if you hadn't gone and tried to do it all by yourself.
Interlude: C# D# | F | C# D# | Fo
Sax solo: (g - ab - bb-ab- g - eb - g - Fm)
Even now we are not lost: if you look out at the night
you'll see the colours and the lights seem to say
people are not far away, at least in distance,
and it's only our own dumb resistance
that's making us stay.
When the madness comes, let it flood on down and over me sweetly,
let it drown the parts of me weak and blessed and damned,
let it slake my life, let it take my soul and living completely,
let it be who I am.
There may not be time for us all to run in tandem together -
the horizon calls with its parallel lines.
It may not be right for you to have and hold in one way forever
and yet you still have time,
you still have time.

Russian Peter Hammill / Van der Graaf Generator Page
Sergey Petrushanko hammillru@mail.ru, 1998-2024