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Lovers (Irish Descendants) tabs, video
#110: YouTube video by Julie Cutting ©2011
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Soldiers in dreams are like lovers who come without warning,
And take you by surprise when you think you must make it alone;
Sooner or later their presence is only a memory,
But you know that without them you'd never have rolled back the stone.

And as lovers lie sleeping, I find myself travelling towards you,
The morning arises, the wind is as soft as a sigh;
And whatever's before me is nothing to what I have come through,
The pain and the passion, the tears and the laughs and the lies.

My darling once told me, that loving was better than living,
But I told her survival, for me, was the easier game;
I couldn't live with her, now it's I can't live without her,
I thought I'd feel different, but somehow I still feel the same.

Romeo tells me that Juliet can't live without him,
And Ophelia's crazy for Hamlet who wants to be king;
And away in the distance, Mark Anthony loves Cleopatra,
As Portia sits silent, soliloquizing in the wings.

So if lovers are losers, what price the game we are playing,
And what price the man, who has not got the money to pay?
And the silence of angels means praying is just an illusion,
For the lost and the lonely, and those who have nothing to say.

Soldiers in dreams are like lovers who come without warning,
And take you by surprise when you think you must make it alone;
Sooner or later their presence is only a memory,
But you know that without them you'd never have rolled back the stone.

####.... Words and music by Adrian Mannering ©2004, Bold Times Music Ltd, Dublin. All Rights Reserved ....####
This variant is from page 26 of 100 Irish Ballads, Volume 2: With Words, Music, and Guitar Chords by Walton Manufacturing Ltd, 1999, published by Mel Bay Publications, 1999. The fourth verse in this variant was omitted from the CD which accompanied the songbook.

A variant was recorded by the Irish Descendants, 1995 East Coast Music Awards Entertainer Of The Year (Gypsies and Lovers, Warner Music Canada, 1994, which earned a Juno Award for Best Roots Or Traditional Album).


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The video above features a live performance of a variant by Julie Cutting.

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(As recorded by the Irish Descendants)

Intro:
(To play the intro 2x G - A - D - A - D with embellishment).

[D] Soldiers in [D/C#] dreams are like [D/B] lovers who [D/A] come without [G] warning,
And [G/F#] take [Em] you by surprise when you think you must make it [A] alone;
[D] Sooner or [C/C#] later, their [D/A] presence is only a [G] memory,
Yet [G/F#] you [Em] know that without them you'd [A] never have rolled back the [D] stone.

As lovers lie sleeping, I find myself travelling towards you,
The morning arises, the wind is as soft as a sigh;
Whatever's before me is nothing to what I have come through:
The pain and the passion, the tears and the laughs and the lies.

My darling once told me, that "loving is better than living",
But I told her survival for me was the easier game;
I couldn't live with her; now it's I can't live without her;
I thought I'd feel different, somehow I still feel the same.

[Interlude]
So if [Dm] lovers are losers than what price the game we are [Bb] playing?
[Gm] What price the man who has not got the money to [C] pay?
The[Dm] silence of angels means praying just an [Bb] illusion,
For the [Gm] lost and the lonely and those who have nothing to [C] say.

Note from the contributor: The interlude/bridge may be a bit rough, as I had trouble getting it to sound right with the recording. Also, there's a pattern between Em and A in the verse that I'm not too sure about quite yet, although, unlike the D - G transition, it sounds fine without it.


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