PETER HAMMILL

We Are Written

Chord transcription by François Couture, fcouture@abacom.com

 

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Gmin                     F         Bb

‚ It was always going to be like this,

Amin                Gmin

whatever you bring yourself to say.

Bb                                 F     Eb

Why donÍt you point that thing the other way

(no chord)               Gmin      F    Eb

and telescope this tangled story?

 

Gmin                               F      Bb

YouÍve got the whole thing at your fingertips,

Gmin                     F    Eb

already scripted in an alien Braille,

Amin (ou C?)                  Gmin    Gmin+A

snagged up under your fingernails. é Oh, so

Bb                         F       Eb

blissful, in ignorance we pin the tail,

Gmin      (notes:  c bb      a   bb) C

with smudgy marks we scratch the surface.

 

Bbmin/G             Fmin/G

We are what we were born to be,

Bbmin/G             Fmin/G

we are what we become

     Bb        C    F

over time under our thumbs

 

Bb                       F

We are written in our fingerprints,

Bb                       F

in everything we do and see;

Bb                       F

we are written in our fingerprints,

Bb                    G#           F#   F

so very singular the marks of our destiny

 

Gmin           F

So open the hands :

Gmin      F    ---

this is a lifespan.

 

Gmin                F    Bb

I found the future in my grasp,

Gmin                          F         Eb

the line of least resistance, naturally;

Gmin                          F         Bb

joined up the dots and never thought to ask

Amin                     Gmin           Gmin/A

could I somehow do this differently?    In the

Bb                            F         Eb

heat of the moment itÍs impressed on me

Gmin       (notes:  c  bb a bb) C

whatÍs done is done in understanding.

 

Bbmin/G             Fmin/G

And if I had a choice to make

Bbmin/G             Fmin/G

I ignored it as such

Bbmin/G             Fmin/G

So our lifelines accumulate like the

Bb                       C    F

dust on the things we have touched

 

Bb                       F

We are written in our fingerprints,

Bb                       F

all our virtues, all our vice.

Bb                       F

We are written in our fingerprints,

Bb                       F

Once upon a time the story :

Bb                       F

we wonÍt go through these motions twice.

Bb                       F

We are written in our fingerprints.

Bb                       F

We are written in our fingerprints.

Bb                       F

Bb                       F

G#        F#             F

G#             F#             F

We donÍt get to do this thing twice,

 

Gmin                     F

so letÍs play out the hand,

Gmin           F    Eb

unconsciously pre-planned.

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