Peter Hammill - We Are Written (chords)


Chord transcription by Francois Couture, fcouture@abacom.com
Gmin                     F         Bb
It was always going to be like this,

Amin                Gmin
whatever you bring yourself to say.

Bb                                 F     Eb
Why don't you point that thing the other way

(no chord)               Gmin      F    Eb
and telescope this tangled story?


Gmin                               F      Bb
You're got the whole thing at your fingertips,

Gmin                     F    Eb
already scripted in an alien Braille,

Amin (ou C?)                  Gmin    Gmin+A
snagged up under your fingernails. Oh, so

Bb                         F       Eb
blissful, in ignorance we pin the tail,

Gmin      (notes:  c bb      a   bb) C
with smudgy marks we scratch the surface.


Bbmin/G             Fmin/G
We are what we were born to be,

Bbmin/G             Fmin/G
we are what we become

     Bb        C    F
over time under our thumbs


Bb                       F
We are written in our fingerprints,

Bb                       F
in everything we do and see;

Bb                       F
we are written in our fingerprints,

Bb                    G#           F#   F
so very singular the marks of our destiny


Gmin           F
So open the hands :

Gmin      F    ---
this is a lifespan.


Gmin                F    Bb
I found the future in my grasp,

Gmin                          F         Eb
the line of least resistance, naturally;

Gmin                          F         Bb
joined up the dots and never thought to ask

Amin                     Gmin           Gmin/A
could I somehow do this differently?    In the

Bb                            F         Eb
heat of the moment it's impressed on me

Gmin       (notes:  c  bb a bb) C
what's done is done in understanding.


Bbmin/G             Fmin/G
And if I had a choice to make

Bbmin/G             Fmin/G
I ignored it as such

Bbmin/G             Fmin/G
So our lifelines accumulate like the

Bb                       C    F
dust on the things we have touched


Bb                       F
We are written in our fingerprints,

Bb                       F
all our virtues, all our vice.

Bb                       F
We are written in our fingerprints,

Bb                       F
Once upon a time the story :

Bb                       F
we won't go through these motions twice.

Bb                       F
We are written in our fingerprints.

Bb                       F
We are written in our fingerprints.

Bb                       F

Bb                       F

G#        F#             F

G#             F#             F
We don't get to do this thing twice,

 

Gmin                     F
so let's play out the hand,

Gmin           F    Eb
unconsciously pre-planned.



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