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a cautionary song   Decemberists

A Cautionary Song--The Decemberists   Transcribed by Josh Burns

Intro-Dm/a x4

Dm/a                                                             G/d
There's a place your mother goes, when everybody else is soundly sleeping 
Through the lights of beacon street 
And if you listen you can hear her weeping, 
      A                  Bb
She's weeping, cause the gentlemen are calling  
And the snow is softly falling on her petticoats. 
And she's standing in the harbour 
And she's waiting for the sailors in the jolly boat. 
See how they approach 

With dirty hands and trousers torn they grapple 'til she's safe
within their keeping 
A gag is placed between her lips to keep her sorry tongue from
any speaking, or screaming 

And they row her out to packets where the sailor's sorry racket
calls for maidenhead 
And she's scarce above the gunales when her clothes fall to a
bundle and she's laid in bed on the upper deck 

          Gm              A           Gm           A
Interlude-La la la la laa,la la la laa,

And so she goes from ship to ship, her ankles clasped, her arms
so rudely pinioned 
'Til at last she's satisfied the lot of the marina's teeming
minions, in their opinions 

And they tell her not to say a thing to cousin, kindred, kith or
kin or she'll end up dead 
And they throw her thirty dollars and return her to the harbour
where she goes to bed, and this is how your fed 

Gm                                        A
So be kind to your mother, though she may seem an awful bother,
        Gm                                      A
and the next time she tries to feed you collard greens,
                                          A    Dm
Remember what she does when you're asleep

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