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Artist: The Decemberists
 Album: Picaresque
  Song: The Mariner's Revenge Song




Main contributor: Andy Bouwman (marpocky@hotmail.com)


(Intro:)
Am

Am
We are two mariners, our ships' sole survivors
                   E
In this belly of a whale

Its ribs our ceiling beams, its guts our carpeting
                             Am
I guess we have some time to kill

You may not remember me, I was a child of three
                     E
And you a lad of eighteen

But I remember you and I will relate to you
                       Am
How our histories interweave
F                                       Am
At the time you were a rake and a roustabout
F                                         E       F E
Spending all your money on the whores and hounds, oh

Am
You had a charming air, all cheap and debonair
                           E
My widowed mother found so sweet

And so she took you in, her sheets still warm with him
                                 Am
Now filled with filth and foul disease
   F                                             Am
As time wore on you proved a dead-ridden drunken mess
F                                    E       F E
Leaving my mother a poor consumptive wretch, oh

Am
And then you dissapeared, your gambling arrears
                        E
The only thing you left behind

And then the magistrate reclaimed our small estate
                            Am
And my poor mother lost her mind
F                                           Am
Then one day in spring my dear sweet mother died
      F                                         E      F E
But before she did I took her hand as she dying cried, oh

 Dm
"Find him, bind him

Tie him to a pole and break his
Am
Fingers to splinters

Throw him to a hole until he
Dm
Wakes up naked
                              E      F E
Clawing at the ceiling of his grave"

Am G Am G Am G Am

Am
It took me fifteen years to swallow all my tears
                         E
Among the urchins in the street

Until a priory took pity and hired me
                              Am
To keep their vestry nice and neat
    F                                      Am
But never once in the employ of these holy men
    F                                              E      F E
Did I ever once stir my mind from the thought of revenge, oh

Am
One night I overheard the prior exhanging words
                                E
With a penitent whaler from the sea

The captain of his ship who matched you toe to tip
                          Am
Was known for wanton cruelty
    F                                          Am
The following day I shipped to sea with a privateer
    F                                         E     F E
And in the whistle of the wind I could almost hear, oh


 Dm
"Find him, bind him

Tie him to a pole and break his
Am
Fingers to splinters

Throw him to a hole until he
Dm
Wakes up naked
                              E      F E
Clawing at the ceiling of his grave

C                         G
There is one thing I must say to you
C                      G
As you sail across the sea
Am                            Em
Always your mother will watch over you
F                         E
As you avenge this wicked deed"

(Interlude:)
Dm Am Dm E
Dm Am Dm E
Dm Am Dm E
Dm Am Dm E

Am
And then that fateful night we had you in our sight
                       E
After twenty months at sea

Your starboard flank a beam, I was getting my muskets clean
                             Am
when came this rumbling from beneath
    F                                                Am
The ocean stirred the sky went black and the captain quailed
    F                                        E      F E
And before us grew the angry jaws of a giant whale, oh

Am
Don't know how I survived, the crew all was chewed alive
                                E
I must have slipped between his teeth

But oh what providence, what divine intelligence
                                   Am
That you should survive as well as me
   F                                                   Am
It gives my heart great joy to see your eyes fill with fear
   F                                                      E     F E
So lean in close and I will whisper the last words you'll hear, oh

(Outro:)
Dm Am Dm E F E
Dm Am Dm E F E 
Dm Am Dm E F E 
Dm Am Dm E F E 
Dm Am Dm E F E (accelerate)


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