Poem of the River



Declaration
Silver Plane
She Lives by the Castle
Stained-glass Windows in the Sky
Riding on the Equator
Dark Red Birds

DECLARATION

I will be the first person in history
to die of boredom
and I will have as my epitaph
the second line of 'black ship in the harbour'
I'll rest this case
condemn my race
I'll stab a knife into the face
of any man who dares to oppose me

Main Chords: A-G-A-G Var:E


SILVER PLANE

Now you've gone my mind is free
I'm going to think about what you said
all your thoughts like a passing plane
are going floating through my head
you said I'd soon be dead
the little things that you said
Said you'd leave us all behind
and took a walk to the edge of a town
silver bird would have suited you
as your feet never touched the ground
and you're still hanging around
you said the cars must have all left town
I never listened to you
We never shared
I didn't hear what you said
I didn't know that you cared
Two years in this little room
it's going to start suffocating me
I'll fly away on a silver plane
to reclaim my privacy
you said you'd follow me
there's a distinct possibility

Chords: Em-G-C
G-C-G
C
Bm


SHE LIVES BY THE CASTLE

How could you be so cold with me
when I have been so warm with you
just one touch please in the morning light
when the sun don't come through your window
I still want to be warm
You won't show yourself to me
she lives by the castle
Why do you play those games with me
you foolishly thought I would not join in
just your luck I'm a losing man
'cause any game that I play I never win
You won't throw yourself at me
she lives by the castle
and she's noble as a queen
I'm not impressed by the life you lead
your innocence will surely make you fail
it's a miracle you're not cynical
your mind is like a vacant lot that's for sale
I don't know what you need
she lives by the castle
and she's noble as a queen


STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS IN THE SKY

I don't know why stars in the sky
I don't know why they shine
I'm on rooftops I'm watching raindrops
I'm on rooftops in the sky
You can't see me I hide so easy
I hide away from the world
crosses for kings
jet plane on a highway
stained-glass windows in the sky

po - pull off

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TAB posted by Kent


RIDING ON THE EQUATOR

The way you threw yourself at the waiter
could tell by the look on his face
he thought you were mad
you went off riding on the equator
I tell you that waiter sure was glad
You sold your story to the newspaper
and went round the world in a caravan
you made lots of people very unhappy
and turned yourself into a wanted man
Then you said that the world was something to behold
not to be bought or to be sold
it was something that you could hold
You've got something special it's a secret
you're in transit a nomad
you left that girl in Panama City
I said it was the best woman you ever had
You called me up from where you were living
said you had some more stories you wanted to tell
about how you always spent your life
in some kind of prison
I said those true stories are the hardest to sell

Chords: A-Bm-D-A


DARK RED BIRDS

If you find out where you are going
you will then find out who you are
feel which way the wind is blowing
the breeze will take you up to a star
Throw your silver star in the trashcan
shattered soul washed up on a shore
your horizon's getting darker
no one wants you anymore
You're descending to the depths now
dark red birds take off and fly
you're ascending to the heights now
pierced a hole right into the sky

Guitar:
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E|------------------------|----------------------|

e|----2------------------|
B|------3----------------|
G|--------0--------0-2---|
D|-2------------2--------|
A|------------3----------|
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Chords: A-B-D