Standard (EADGBE)

this is basically the main riff of the album,

(sometimes played with variations, such as one more Am bar)

it occurs in almost all of the songs (during the C/Am parts)

You should also kinda strum C and Am while playing this...

4:30 (Apparently They Were Running Abroad)

We were moving away from the border

Looking for somewhere to sleep

The two of us sharing the driving

Two hitchhikers slumped in the back seat


I sneaked a quick look in the mirror

She gave me a smile

I said "Is anyone hungry?

Should we stop for a while?"

So we pulled off into a layby

Her dress blew up over her head

I said "Would you like to come with me?"

She said something foreign under her breath

And the sun shone down on her lovely young limbs

I thought to myself she's much too good for him

I lay down beside her with tears in my eyes

She said

4:33 (Running Shoes)

So I stood by the roadside

The soles of my running shoes gripping the tarmac

Like gunmetal magnets

Fixed on the front of her Fassbinder face

Was the kind of a smile

That only a rather dull child could have drawn

While attempting a graveyard in the moonlight

But she was impressed

You could see that she thought I looked fine

And when she turned sweeter

The reason (between you and me) was

She'd just seen my green Lamborghini

(You can play a barre-chord G in the middle of Am and F

and visa-versa to link them together)

So we went for a spin in the country

To feel the wind in our hair

To feel the power of my engine

To feel the thrill of desire

And then in the trees I heard a twig snap

Warning lights flashed on my map

I opened my eyes and to my surprise

4:37 (Arabs With Knives And West German Skies)

There were Arabs with Knives

At the foot of the bed

Right at the foot of the bed

Oh my God how did they get in here?

I thought we were safe home in England

She said "Come on now kid, it was wrong what you did

You've got to admit it was wrong what you did

You got to admit it was wrong"

Oh god....Jesus

Sleep Sleep

I know that I'm only dreaming

Leave her alone..get out..out..get out of my house

Through closed eyes

I see West German skies on the ceiling

And I want to get back to the girl with the rucksack

To feel her flaxen hair

I want to be there

See the sun going down behind Krupps steelworks

On the outskirts of some German town

Guten Abend meiner Damen und Herren Ha Ha Ha Ha

Willkommen in Konnigsburg Ha Ha Ha Ha

Wollen zie danzen mit mir oder drinken Bier Ha Ha Ha Ha

Thank you but......

This young lady and I

Will just finish this bottle of wine

It was kind of you...but

I think we'll just say goodnight

Leave us alone


"Leave us alone

Could I have the key to one four three please?

There you are

Thank you, goodnight

Hello yes I'd like to order breakfast please

I'd like coffee for two, and toast with marmalade


4:39 (For The First Time Today Part 2)

For the first time today

I held her naked body next to mine

In this hotel overlooking the Rhine

I made her mine

Ooh babe...ooh babe

Come with me and stay with me

Please stay with me

Uh...what is it?

Stay with me

Stay with me

Stay with me


Stay with me

4:41 (Sexual Revolution)

Hey, girl take out the dagger

And let's have a stab at the sexual revolution

Hey girl let freedom for all be our rallying call

Tomorrow lets make...our new resolution

Yeah, but tonight lie still

While I plunder your sweet grave

And remember only the poor can be saved

Hey girl as I've always said I prefer your lips red

Not what the good Lord made but what he intended

Hey girl don't point the finger at me

I am only a rat in a maze like you and only the dead go free

So please hold my hand

As we blunder through the maze

And remember nothing can grow without rain


( )

Don't point your finger at me


I awoke in a fever


The bedclothes were all soaked in sweat


She said "You've been having a nightmare


And it's not over yet"

Then she picked up the doggy in the window


(The one with the waggly tail)

And she put him to bed between two bits of bread

4:47 (The Remains Of Our Love)


I just cowered in the corner


My pyjama coat over my head


And she smiled as she finished her sandwich


And her cold eyes fixed me to my dark history

As she brushed the remains

Of our love from the bed

And when she had turned back the covers

When all of the prayers had been read

She said "Come on over here you silly boy

Before you catch your death of cold

I was only joking

Let's leave behind the city grime

Let's not compete

It could be fine in the country

Couldn't it though...come on lets go

I said "OK"

4:50 (Go FIshing)

To reach for the pie in the sky

Go fishing my boy!

We set out in the spring

With a trunk full of books about everything

About solar devices

And how nice natural childbirth is

We cut down some trees

And we trailed our ideals

Through the forest glade

We dammed up the stream

And the kids cooled their heels

In the fishing pool we'd made

We held hands and we exchanged bands

And we practically lived off the land

You adopted a fox cub

Whose mother was somebody's coat

You fed him by hand

And then snuggled him down

In the grandfather bed while I wrote

We grew our own maize

And I only occasionally went into town

To stock up on antibiotics

And shells for the shotgun that I kept around

I told the kids stories while you worked your loom

And the sun went down sooner each day.

*Chapter six in which Eeyore has a birthday

And gets two presents

Daddy...come on dad

Eeyore the old grey donkey stood by the side

Of the stream and he looked at himself in the water

"Pathetic" he said, "That's what it is"

"Good morning Eeyore" said Pooh

"Oh" said Pooh, He thought for a long time

Then the leaves all fell down

Our crops all turned brown

It was over

As the first snowflakes fell

I realized all was not well in the camp

The kids caught bronchitis

The space heater ran out of diesel

One weekend a friend from the East,

Rot his soul, stole your heart

I said "**** it then

Take the kids back to town

Maybe I'll see you around"

And so...leaving all our hopes and dreams

To the wind and the rain

Taking only our stash

Left our litter and trash

And set out on the road again

On the road again

On the road again

On the road

4:56 (For The First Time Today Part 1)

For the first time today

I feel it's really over

You were my everyday excuse

For playing deaf, dumb and blind

Who'd have ever thought

This was how it would end for you and me

To carry my own millstone

Out of the trees

And I have to admit

I don't like it a bit

Being left here beside this lonesome road.

Lonesome road

4:58 Dunroamin Duncarin Dunlivin

I nailed ducks to the wall

Kept my heart in dark ruins

I built bungalows all over the hills

Dunroamin, duncarin, dunlivin

Took my girl to the country

To sleep out under the moon

Next thing she's going crazy

She waits for the real Mr. Right to come

Gently removing her heart

With his promises of real communication

Who's always picking up the tab

Who built a bungalow for his mum and dad

Who took you out to all the shows

Who worked his fingers to the bone

While you were asleep

I kept you in buttons and bows

So you could encourage this creep

With his neat feet

And his clean fingernails

With his wise but twinkling eyes

He's a rock standing out in an ocean of doubt

And compromise

I'd like to go on with this bit of a song

Describing this schmuck

I'd like to go on, but I'm going to throw up

[Not in my rig you don't boy...get the hell out of here]

5:01 The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking


An angel on a Harley

Pulls across to greet a fellow rolling stone

Puts his bike up on it's stand

Leans back and then extends

A scarred and greasy hand...he said

How ya doin bro?...where ya been?...where ya goin'?

Then he takes your hand

In some strange Californian handshake

And breaks the bone

A housewife from Encino

Whose husband's on the golf course

With his book of rules

Breaks and makes a 'U' and idles back

To take a second look at you

You flex your rod

Fish takes the hook

Sweet vodka and tobacco in her breath

Another number in your little black book

These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking

These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking

Oh babe, I must be dreaming

I'm standing on the leading edge

The Eastern seaboard spread before my eyes

"Jump" says Yoko Ono

"I'm too scared and too good looking" I cried

"Go on", she says

"Why don't you give it a try?

Why prolong the agony all men must die"

Do you remember Dick Tracy?

Do you remember Shane?

And mother wants you

Could you see him selling tickets

Where the buzzard circles over [Shane]

The body on the plain

Did you understand the music Yoko

Or was it all in vain? [Shane]

The ***** said something mystical "Herro"

So I stepped back on the kerb again

These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking

These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking

Oh babe, I must be dreaming again

These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking

5:06 (Every Stranger's Eyes) wanna cup of coffee?

I'm sorry, would you like a cup of coffee?

Ok you take cream and sugar?

In truck stops and hamburger joints

In Cadillac limousines

In the company of has-beens

And bent-backs and sleeping forms

On pavement steps

In libraries and railway stations

In books and banks

In the pages of history

In suicidal cavalry attacks

I recognise...

Myself in every stranger's eyes

And in wheelchairs by monuments

Under tube trains and commuter accidents

In council care and county courts

At Easter fairs and sea-side resorts

In drawing rooms and city morgues

In award winning photographs

Of life rafts in the China seas

In transit camps, under arc lamps

On unloading ramps

In faces blurred by rubber stamps

I recognise...

Myself in every stranger's eyes

And now from where I stand

Upon this hill I plundered from the pool

I look around, I search the skies

I shade my eyes, so nearly blind

And I see signs of half remembered days

I hear bells that chime in strange familiar ways

I recognai----ise...

The hope you kindle in your eyes

Its oh so easy now

As we lie here in the dark

Nothing interferes it's obvious

How to beat the tears

That threaten to snuff out

The spark of our love

5:11 (Moment Of Clarity)

And the moment of clarity

Faded like charity does

And sometimes

I put out my hand just to touch your soft hair

To make sure in the darkness that you were still there

And I have to admit

I was just a little afraid, oh yeah

But then...

I had a little bit of luck

You were awake

I couldn't take another moment alone.