lyrics & chords

Distraction is the devil

Song keys may have changed. All guitar parts were written in (D,G,C,F,A,D tuning)

 

1. DISTRACTIONS: 

G                                   C

distraction ohhh, is the devil.  

            G                

but I’m writing it down to ward it away.  

                          C

Distraction is the devil, 

       Dm                     Em              Am

and this is my song to ward them away.  

G                              C

distractions are the devil

 

G               C

OOOOooooo

 

Distraction oh, is the devil,

now we’re singing as one to ward it away

Distraction is the devil

 

Am/E   Am               Bb

Doors opening and slamming

G              C

distraction……

 

G                C

OOOOooooo



 

2. FEATHERS AND FINGERPRINTS

[intro: B, B6]

VERSE 1

B7

man who made me,                  F#

have you come to the doors of sleep

                     D#m           E                  B7

wrestling that memory of how you got here?

 

VERSE 2

come and find me

I’ll be the one with the missing teeth

my father’s complexion

my mother’s grief   (E trans chord)

 

CHORUS:

D#m

//  if your mind is set

F#

// to lock up your son like this

E                             G#m

//  here inside this lightless place

D#m                   E            G#m    

I will do all that I can to trick you

                         F#                                B   

if that’s what I must do to make my escape

 

VERSE 3

I faked my own death

to send you off down that river bend

pigs blood and feathers

and your fingerprints

 

BRIDGE

       D#                          E

and you will dredge the river

looking for me

      D#              E             Em

and I will be forever…….. free……. 


 

3. MAN AT SEA

Am RIFF

a-a…g-a-c-c..a-a…. g, c-c-c,a…. g-g-g-a-c…. c, d-d-d-d… c,a,b,g,a

Am

rumble thy bellyful

spit fire spout rain

nor rain wind thunder fire are my daughters….

i tax not you

you elements

with unkindness….

I never gave you kingdom

or call’d you children

C           

// cry…  

D

up to the top of the breakers now

Em, C                        D

Rive your concealing continents

C/E                            C                              D

the art of our necessity is strange and my heart is sorry

 

CHOR

E……………..

this dreadful summoner’s grace

I am a man at sea (repeat x 4)

 

V

O, i’ve tried

i’ve been trying

to lead the way….

and i believe in how

a special few aligns

under the bright light of the day….

she’s got a light that holds everybody

from poor humans

to these humans.

 

PRE CHOR

Em, C                        D

Rive your concealing continents

C/E                            C                              D

the art of our necessity is strange and my heart is sorry

 

CHOR

E……………..

this dreadful summoner’s grace

I am a man at sea (repeat x 4)

 

BRIDGE

Am (w bass, a,c,d,d# climbs)

 

RIFF x 1 (solo) 

 

TAG

 

PRE CHOR

C/E, C                        D

Rive your concealing continents

C/E                            C                              D

the art of our necessity is strange and my heart is sorry

 

CHOR

E……………..

this dreadful summoner’s grace

I am a man at sea (repeat x ?? )

 

BRIDGE x 2



 

4. TENDING THE WALLS

 

G…….

 

VERSE

Cm(Maj7)                                 G   (etc)

We were so sure of where we were

but when you lose your way, you can lose much more,

                                                              Am

it only takes one day in the fog to get lost

                                                            G

an ancient exchange, we all know the cost

 

G vamp ………………   Em (wooo)

 

VERSE 2

I have seen fog turn thicker than water

are we to drink are way out of it

tending the walls of deathless ships

                                                   D

down under the depths… to find strength

        G……     Em……… A (walk up) C……...

with you…

 

Ab Maj7b5/C

 

…………………...Am……………………….G

I know that you’re close, blood’s thicker than fog

…………………...Am……………………….G…….D

but with static so thick, even father get lost

G………………..Em………...G………...Em……….A(walk up)...C…...G

from you…




 

5. THE FORTUNE

A                         E

and then I heard my voice

for the very first time

and i wished with all my blood

that i might be louder

 

CHORUS

now i can feel it

my thunder in

this stormy world

what a titan i’ll become

 

VERSE 3

and so i filled my lungs

with hurricane

and then i let it loose

with a grand intention

and then that bitter wind

ripped my precious gift to shreds


 

CHORUS

there’s no deals made

before you’ve made your great escape

from these green ambitions

what a fool i have become

 

BRIDGE

two steps forward and a thousand in reverse

did we find the fortune we were looking for?

6. JUST A POTION

 

VERSE 1

A                 E        

Depression ain’t a disease

B                               C

… you’ve been sold things you do not need

prescription swings like hypnotism

repetition repetition repetition

in a potion

 

CHORUS 1

E                                         C

You’re not allowed to think that you’re sinkin in

The life you’re missing, it ain’t on me

I get so down, But I drag myself out out  

                                                      B       C        D     

a dark hole but it ain’t no disease

 

When a loved one dies

I find it’s best to try harder to live

we all need to unwind

but the streamin’ things that you’re drinkin in

are just a potion

 

CHORUS 2

E                                         C

You’re not allowed to think that you’re sinkin in

The life you’re missing, it ain’t on me

I get so down, But I drag myself out out  

                                        D#...................Bb     

a dark hole but it ain’t no disease                       

(modulate to F and C# for duration)

7. JASPER FOR SALT

 

intro:

E…… E/C………..

VERSE

E………… 

Then Jasper for our salt

when we’re no one at all

                                        C

ancient mind with animal face

invisible

E

And who will dance with us

when only phosphorus

                                                C

and unmoved air make up our shapes

……….D…………

so come dance with me friends…..

 

BRIDGE

E……………………..

Oooooooooooooooooo

 

CHORUS

Am……  Am add9, Am………Am add9

And though you’ll find your way back again

someday soon….

this moment feels

E/B…………………..

Endless……..

………. and though our

Am……  Am add9, Am………Am add9

hands may never touch

I’m holding my arms around

B………………B7, B……………………..

you…………..you……………..

 

VERSE 2

the sickness of our thought:

what may become of us….

                               

                                          C……………..

and unmade lives in future tense

…………D

              Live with the rest

E

so now ignite our skin

and give us confidence

                                                 C……….

in this ancient mind with animal face

……………..D

                    and come dance with me, friends……..

8. CLOSER

VERSE 1

C… G….

I step out into a crowd, something humbling about it now

There’s a tension that builds, something beautiful that needs to get out

 

CHORUS

………………………..C………………………………

and I’m overcome so fast, this swelling in my chest

…………………...Am…………………………..G

like I’m breathing you in, and we’re breathing as one

then I’m pouring you out, and the tide is coming in

Just a drop in the well, rippling our reflection


 

VERSE 2

C…...G……..

like a rope frays at its end

time has a way of making matter spread…

but that’s not all we are

always moving around and within


 

CHORUS

 

BRIDGE

Fm………..                      Am/C……………..        

……………..my father’s eyes……

                                     Fm………… __-_______

have cataracts -- will he recognize his son?

………………….Am/C…………………       Fm…………….. 

how much of the man that I was……. is gone?

……………..C…………………………….

am I remembered

where i was born?

has my voice healed?

will they trust my words?

will we remain

………..Am………..           G…………...

indivisible?   before it’s too late……  ?

C……………………….G…………………….

to find our way home

C…………………….>>>>>>>>>>>>>>