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A Stone  Okkervil River

Ho[G]t breath, rough skin
warm laughs,[Cadd9] and smiling,
the lovliest[Em] words
whispered and[D] meant
you lik[Cadd9]e all these things.


But though you like [D]all these things
you love a [G]stone.
You love a [Cadd9]stone,
because it'[D]s smooth and i[Am]t's cold.
And you'd love [Em]most
to be t[D]old
that it's all you[Cadd9]r own.
You love white[G] veins,
you love hard [D]grey,
the heaviest [Am]weight,
the clumsiest sh[Cadd9]ape,
the earthiest sm[Em]ell,
the hollowest to[D]ne
you love a stone[Cadd9].
Bridge: G D Am Cadd9


And I'm found too [G]fast,
called too fond of flames,
and then I'm phoning my [Cadd9]friends,
and then I'm shouldering the blame,
while you're picking [Em]pebbles
out of the [D]drain,
miles [Cadd9]ago.


You're out singing [G]songs,
and I'm down shouting names
at the flickerless [Cadd9]screen,
going fucking insane.
Am I losing my c[Em]ool,
overstating my [D]case?
Well, baby what [Cadd9]can I say?


You know I [D]never claimed
that I was a [G]stone.
And you love a [Cadd9]stone.
You love white[G] veins,
you love hard [D]grey,
the heaviest [Am]weight,
the clumsiest [Cadd9]shape,
the earthiest [Em]smell,
the hollowest [D]tone
you love [Cadd9]a stone.
Bridge: G D Am Cadd9 (x2) G


You love a [Cadd9]stone,
because it's [D]dark
and it's [Am]old
and if it could [Em]start
being [D]alive
you'd stop living[Cadd9] alone.
(quieter, don't strum as much)
And I think I beli[G]eve
that if stones could [D]dream
they'd dream of being [Am]laid
side-by-side piece-by-[Cadd9]piece
and turned into a [Em]castle
for some towering [D]queen
they're unable to [Cadd9]know.


And when that queen's [G]daughter
came of [D]age,
I think she'd be [Am]lovely
and stubborn and [Cadd9]brave,
and suitors would [Em]journey
from kingdoms[D] away
just to make themsel[Cadd9]ves known.
And I think that I [G]know
the bitter dism[D]ay
of a lover who b[Am]rought
fresh brouquets every d[Cadd9]ay
when she turned him [Em]away
to remember some [D]knave
who once gave just one r[Cadd9]ose, one day, years ago.
The end:

G D Am Cadd9 X4

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