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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Guitar chords transcribed by Marian Russell  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: DADF#AD   "Joni" Tuning: D75435

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Note: 1h0 = first fret hammer off 

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Intro: 

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1st verse:

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Turning and turning 


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Within the widening gyre 


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The falcon cannot hear      the falcon er 
  

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Things fall apart 


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The center cannot hold 


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And a blood dimmed tide 


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Is loosed upon the world 



2nd verse: same chords as above 

Nothing is sacred 
The ceremony sinks 
Innocence is drowned 
In anarchy 
The best lack conviction 
Given some time to think 
And the worst are full of passion 
Without mercy 


Chorus: 

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Surely some revelation is at hand 


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Surely it's the second coming 


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And wrath has finally taken form 


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For what is this rough beast 


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Its hour come at last 


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Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born 


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Slouching towards Bethlehem 


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to be born 


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3rd verse:  

Hoping and hoping 
As if by my weak faith 
The spirit of this world 
Would heal and rise 
Vast are the shadows 
That straddle and strafe 
And struggle in the darkness 
Troubling my eyes 


4th verse:

Shaped like a lion 
It has the head of a man 
With a gaze as blank 
And pitiless as the sun 
And it's moving its slow thighs 
Across the desert sands 
Through dark indignant 
Reeling falcons 


Chorus:

Surely some revelation is at hand 
Surely it's the second coming 
And wrath has finally taken form 
For what is this rough beast 
Its hour come at last 
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born 
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born 


5th verse:

Raging and raging 
It rises from the deep 
Opening its eyes 
After twenty centuries 
Vexed to a nightmare 
Out of a stony sleep 
By a rocking cradle 
By the Sea of Galilee 


Chorus:

Surely some revelation is at hand 
Surely it's the second coming 
And wrath has finally taken form 
For what is this rough beast 
Its hour come at last 
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born 
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born 

© 1991 Crazy Crow Music BMI

 

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