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Artist: The Decemberists
 Album: 5 Songs EP
  Song: My Mother Was A Chinese Trapeze Artist

Am  Am/E  Am  Am/E  (Riff)    (x4)				G------2--

Am        Am/E   Am/B   C          D           G       Em   D/F#
My mother was         a Chinese trapeze artist    in prewar Paris 
Am  Am/E   Am/B Am/C D             D#dim     Em     Em9  Em  Em7  Em
    Smug - gl - ing  bombs for the underground
Am  Am/E       D     D/A      B       B/F#         C  C/G  
And she met my father    at a fete in Aix-en-Provence
          C           C/G       D           D/A           Em   Em9  Em  Em7  Em
He was disguised as a Russian cadet, in the employ of the Axis
    C            C/G               C            (Riff)
And there in the half-light of the provincial midnight 
     G          G/B       G            G/A  G/B
To a lone concertina they drank in cantinas 
    C          C/G        D         D/A         Em     Em9  Em   Em7  Em
And toasted to Edith Piaf   and the fall of the Reich

Em/A Em/B C   C/G  D       Am  Am/E  Am  Am/E

My sister was born in a hovel in Burgundy, and left for the cattle 
But later was found by a communist
Who'd deserted his ranks to follow his dream 
To start up a punk rock band in South Carolina
I get letters sometimes, they bought a plantation 
She weeds the tobacco, he offends the nation 
And they write, don't be a stranger, y'hear, sincerely, your sister

Em/A Em/B C   C/G  D       Am  Am/E  Am  Am/E

So my parents had me to the disgust of the prostitutes, on a bed in a brothel
Surprisingly raised with tender care 
'Til the money got tight and they bet me away 
To a blind brigadier in a game of high stakes canasta
But he made me a sailor on his brigadier ship fleet
I know every yardarm from main mast to jib sheet
    C           C/G        D          D/A  D       D/A       C      C/G    C   C/G
But sometimes I long to be landlocked       and to work in a bakery  

Em  Em/B  Em  Em/B  Am  Am/E  Am  Am/E  
Em  Em/B  Em  Em/B  C  C/G  D  D/A  Am

#----------------------------PLEASE NOTE-----------------------------#
# This represents the author's own work and interpretation of the    #
# song. To be used only for private study, scholarship, or research. #

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