Peter Hammill - A Headlong Stretch (chords)



A Headlong Stretch 

i. Up Ahead
vi. As you Were
vii. Or So I Said


[chrords from William Pilong]

 
i. Up Ahead 
opening notes:A A# G# G F# C F D D# E B C# 

 

F#m 

 

D            Em 
Passage assured 

 

Dsus4            D     Em 
on the good ship Goodbye

 

D                     Em 
dare I raise up my eyes 

 

G                     Bm 
to stare into the rigging? 
(Preparing to go/come home..) 

 

D                        Em 
All we could have done 

 

Dsus4                D      Em 

we're at pains to explain 

 

D                             Em 
but all our might in the main 

 

G                    Bm 
is only empty promise 

 

G               D 
unfulfilled at last 

 

G                            D 
still no-one can be blamed

 

Dsus4            D   Em 
for breaking daily bread, 

 

Em           D 
thinking ahead. 

 

(notes: A F# B D) 4 times  

 

D                               Em 
Blessed with strange grace 

 

Dsus4          D Em 
and reluctant to face 

 

D            Em 
ineluctable fate, 

 

G                    Bm 
I say I saw the future 

 

G                      D 
I said forget the past 

 

G                        D 
but I'll not hear the last 

 

Dsus4                 Em 
of lives I've never led, 

 

Em           D 
thinking ahead. 

 

(notes:A F# B D) x 12 



A Headlong Stretch 
vi. As You Were 

 

C#sus4   C# 
It's some relief 

 

C#sus4                C# 
to find the possible in store 

 

C#sus4   C# 
beyond belief 

 

C#sus4            C# 
in overtime, I'm overboard 

 

C#sus4   Bbm    C#sus4      C# 
uncharted waters, full fathom five, 

 

C#sus4    Bbm    C#sus4  C# 
the future's rising, it's just arrived. 

 

C#sus4     C# 
It's not the same 

 

C#sus4            C# 
as I imagined it would be 

 

C#sus4        C# 
but there's no blame 

 

C#sus4        C# 
if every life's imaginary. 

 

C#sus4      Bbm    C#sus4   C# 
And if I get quite what I deserve 

 

C#sus4         Bbm      C#sus4         C# 
that'll end the sentence, the time I've served 

 

C#sus4         Bbm 
a full stop to the sentence..... 

 

C#sus4       C#           C#sus4                         C# 
When it's all done you willed the person you've become 

 

C#sus4     C#     C#sus4                  C# 
in serious fun it's as you were that you become 

 

C#sus4   C# 
and so it's done. 

 

C#sus4 (notes:B Bb B) 

 

vii. Or So I Said 
G              D 
I saw the future 

 

G        D 
or so I said..... 

 

G                      D 
How strange they seem, 

 

Dsus4                Em 
the lives I've never led, 

 

Em            D 
thinking ahead. 

 

A F# B 
A F# B D 
fade 
(I'm ready to come home....) 
So head on, 
headlong, 
headstrong. 
(I'm ready to go....)