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#1127: YouTube video by TheEdMulrooneyShow
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

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Where the earth shows its bones of wind-broken stone,
And the sea and sky are one,
I'm all out of time, my blood sings with wine,
And I'm running naked in the sun;
There's God in the trees, I'm weak in the knees,
And the sky is a painful blue;
I'd like to look around, but honey, all I see is you.

Well, the summer city lights will soften the night
Till you think that the air is clear,
I'm sitting with friends where forty-five cents
Will buy another glass of beer;
He's got something to say, but I'm so far away
That I don't know who I'm talking to,
'Cause you just walked in the door, and, honey, all I see is you.

And I just want to hold you closer than,
I've ever held anyone before;
You say you've been twice a wife and you're through with life,
Ah, but honey, what the hell's it for?
After twenty-three years, you'd think I could find
A way to let you know, somehow,
I just want to see your smiling face forty-five years from now.

Well, alone in the lights on stage every night,
I've been reaching out to find a friend
Who knows all the words, and sings so she's heard,
And knows how all the stories end;
Maybe after the show she'll ask me
To go home with her for a drink or two;
Now her smile lights her eyes, but, honey, all I see is you.

And I just want to hold you closer than,
I've ever held anyone before;
You say you've been twice a wife and you're through with life,
Ah, but honey, what the hell's it for?
After twenty-three years, you'd think I could find
A way to let you know, somehow,
I just want to see your smiling face forty-five years from now.

And I just want to hold you closer than,
I've ever held anyone before;
You say you've been twice a wife and you're through with life,
Ah, but honey, what the hell's it for?
After twenty-three years, you'd think I could find
A way to let you know, somehow,
I just want to see your smiling face forty-five years from now.

####.... Stan Rogers (Fogarty's Cove, 1977) ....####
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The video above features a tribute performance of a variant by Ed Mulrooney of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.

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The video below features a performance of a variant by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

#1587: YouTube video by BardofCornwall ©2011
~ Used with permission ~

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Chord Shapes:
[Am/G]=(3,0,2,2,1,0)
[D/F#]=(2,0,0,2,3,2)

Intro: [G] [C] [G] [D/F#]

Where the [G] earth shows its bones of wind-broken stone,
And the [D/F#] sea and sky are one,
I'm [Am] all out of time, my [C] blood sings with wine,
And I'm [D/F#] running naked in the sun;
There's [G] God in the trees, I'm weak in the knees,
And the [D/F#] sky is a painful blue;
I'd [Am] like to look around, but, [C] honey, all I [D/F#] see is [G] you.

Well, the [G] summer city lights will soften the night
Till you [D] think that the air is clear,
I'm [Am] sitting with friends where [C] forty-five cents
Will [D] buy another glass of beer;
He's got some-[G] thing to say, but I'm so far away
That I [D] don't know who I'm talking to,
'Cause [Am] you just walked in the door, and, [C] honey, all I [D] see is [G] you.

Intro to chorus: [G] [C] [G] [D/F#]

Chorus:
And I [C] just want to hold you closer than,
I've ever [G] held any-[C] one be-[G] fore;
You say you've [C] been twice a wife and [G] you're through with life,
Ah, but, [Am] honey, what the [Am/G] hell's it [D/F#] for?
After [C] twenty-three years you'd think I could find a way
[G] To let you [C] know, some-[G] how,
I [Am] just want to see your [Am/G] smiling face
[D/F#] Forty-five years from [G] now.

Well, alone in the lights on stage every night,
I've been reac-[D/F#] hing out to find a friend
Who [Am] knows all the words [C] and sings so she's heard,
And [D/F#] knows how all the stories end;
Maybe, [G] after the show she'll ask me
To go home [D/F#] with her for a drink or two;
Now her [Am] smile lights her eyes, but, [C] honey, all I [D/F#] see is [G] you.

Intro to chorus: [G] [C] [G] [D/F#]

Chorus:
And I [C] just want to hold you closer than,
I've ever [G] held any-[C] one be-[G] fore;
You say you've [C] been twice a wife and [G] you're through with life,
Ah, but, [Am] honey, what the [Am/G] hell's it [D/F#] for?
After [C] twenty-three years you'd think I could find a way
[G] To let you [C] know, some-[G] how,
I [Am] just want to see your [Am/G] smiling face
[D/F#] Forty-five years from [G] now.

Intro to chorus: [G] [C] [G] [D/F#]

Chorus:
And I [C] just want to hold you closer than,
I've ever [G] held any-[C] one be-[G] fore;
You say you've [C] been twice a wife and [G] you're through with life,
Ah, but, [Am] honey, what the [Am/G] hell's it [D/F#] for?
After [C] twenty-three years you'd think I could find a way
[G] To let you [C] know, some-[G] how,
I [Am] just want to see your [Am/G] smiling face
[D/F#] Forty-five years from [G] now.

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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