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A Campfire Song  10,000 Maniacs

The Maniacs apparently play this in D, which I find impossible to sing.
This is how I play it (same changes, just transposed).
A CAMPFIRE SONG (10,000 Maniacs)
Words & music: Natalie Merchant
INTRO: G D/F# Em D C ... D G
[(G)] A lie to say "[D]Oh, my mountain has [Em]coal veins and beds to [C]dig
[G] Five hundred [D]men with axes and [C]they all dig for [D]me"
(same chords)
A lie to say "Oh, my river where many fish do swim
Half of your catch is mine when you haul your nets in"
CHORUS: Oh no, [C]never will he be[G]lieve that his [C]greed is a [G]blinding [D]ray
No [C]devil or re[G]deemer will [C]cheat him
G Em D (First ending: C D G)
He'll take his gold to where he's lying cold
A lie to say "Oh, my mine gave a diamond big as a fist"
But for every gem in his pocket, the jewels he has missed
A lie to say "Oh, my garden is growing taller by the day"
He only eats the best and tosses the rest away
CHORUS: end with
[C] Six [D]deep in the [G]grave
SOLO: Dsus4 D Cmaj9 Dsus4
BRIDGE: His [C]oldest pain and [Gmaj9]fear in [G/B]life [C] There'll [D]not be time
(Something is out of reach, something he wanted)
His [C]oldest pain and [Gmaj9]fear in [G/B]life [C] There'll [D]not be time
(Something is out of reach, he's being taunted)
Oh [C]no, [Gmaj9] [G/B] hey [C]hey,[G] [C]
(Something is out of reach, that he can't beg or steal)
D G (go right into verse)
Nor can he buy
A lie to say "Oh, my forest has trees that block the sun
And when I cut them down I don't answer to anyone"
CHORUS, then repeat chorus chords with "La la la..."
ENDING: [Em]Lonely, [D]lonely, [C]lonely, [D]lonely [G]man

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C D Em G G/B Gmaj9
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