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My Mother Was A Chinese Trapeze Artist  Decemberists

[Am]My mother[Am/E] was a chi[C]nese tr[D]apeze artis[G]t
In [Em]pre-war P[D]aris
[Am]Smuggling [D]bombs for the [B]undergr[Em]ound.[Emadd9]       [Em]
[Am]And she met my f[D]ather
At a f[B]ete in Aix-en-Pro[C]vence.
He was d[Cadd9]isguised as a Russian c[D]adet
in the employ of the [Em]Axis.[Emadd9]       [Em]
And t[C]here in the half-light
Of the[C] provincial midnight
To a l[G]one concertina
They d[G]rank in cantinas
And to[C]asted to Edith Pi[D]af
And the fall of the R[Em]eich.[Emadd9]       [Em]

[C]  [D]  [Am]                                 
[Am]My sister was b[Am/E]orn in a h[C]ovel in [D]Burgundy[G]
And le[Em]ft for the c[D]attle
[Am]But later was f[D]ound by a c[B]ommuni[Em]st   [Emadd9]       [Em]
[Am]Who'd deserted his [D]ranks
To fol[B]low his dr[C]eam
To start[Cadd9] up a punk rock ba[D]nd in South Carol[Em]ina. [Emadd9]       [Em]
I [C]get letters sometimes.
Th[C]ey bought a plantation
She [G]weeds the tobacco
He o[G]ffends the nation
And they write, "[C]Don't be a stranger, y[D]'hear."
"Sincerely, your si[Em]ster.[Emadd9]"      [Em]

[C]  [D]  [Am]                                 
[Am]So my par[Am/E]ents had me
To the disgust [C]of the [D]prostitutes[G]
On a be[Em]d in a br[D]othel.
[Am]Surprisingly ra[D]ised with [B]tender ca[Em]re   [Emadd9]       [Em]
[Am]'Til the money got t[D]ight
And they [B]bet me awa[C]y
To a blind[Cadd9] brigadier in a ga[D]me
Of high stakes ca[Em]nasta[Emadd9].      [Em]
But he [C]made me a sailor
On his [C]brigadier ship fleet.
I k[G]now every yardarm
From ma[G]in mast to jib sheet.
But [C]sometimes I long to be [D]landlocked
And to work in a ba[C]kery.
Ahhh[Em]hh    Ahhh[C]hh    Ahhh[Em]hh
[C]  [D]  [Am]                                 
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