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What It Is  Mark Knopfler

No Capo
Verse riff:
 E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| (x2)

Chorus riff:

[F#m] [D] [A]  
[F#m] [D] [E]  
Verse 1:
The [F#m]drinking dens are spilling out and stag[A]gering in the square
There`s [D]lads and lassies falling about and a cr[A]ackling in the [E]air
[F#m]Down around the dungeon doors, the sh[A]elters and the queues
[D]Everybody`s looking for some[A]body`s arms to f[E]all into this way...
Chorus 1:
It`s what it is[F#m] [D] [A]
It`s what it is [F#m]now[D] [E]
Verse 2:
There`s [F#m]frost on the graves and the monuments but the t[A]averns are warm in town
[D]People curse the government and [A]shovel hot food [E]down
[F#m]Lights are out in city hall, the [A]castle and the keep
[F#m]Moon shines down upon it all the [A]legless and [E]asleep
Pre-Chorus 1:
[D]Cold on the tollgate where the wag[A]ons creeping through
[D]Cold on the tollgate, god kn[A]ows what I [E]can do with you, its what it is...
Chorus 2:
It`s what it is[F#m] [D] [A]
It`s what it is [F#m]now[D] [E]
Verse 3:
[F#m]The garnison sleeps in the citadel with the [A]ghosts and the ancient stones
[F#m]High on the parapet the scottish p[A]ipers st[E]ands alone
[F#m]High on the wind the highland dr[A]ums begin to roll
[F#m]And something from the past just [A]comes and stares [E]into my soul
Pre-Chorus 2:
[D]Cold on the tollgate where the[A] caledonian blues
[D]Cold on the tollgate, god k[A]nows what I can do [E]with you, its what it is
Chorus 3:
It`s what it is[F#m] [D] [A]
It`s what it is [F#m]now[D] [E]
It`s what it is[F#m] [D] [A]
It`s what it is [F#m]now[D] [E]
(Instrumental break, verse and chorus)
Verse 4:
There's a [F#m]chink of light as a burning wick, there's a [A]lantern in the tower
[F#m]Wee Willie Winkie with the candle sticks still wr[A]iting songs in the [E]wee wee hours
On [F#m]Charlotte Street they take a walking [A]stick from my hotel
[F#m]The ghost of Dirty Dick is still in [A]search of Little [E]Nell, its what it is...
Chorus 4:
It`s what it is[F#m] [D] [A]
It`s what it is [F#m]now[D] [E]
It`s what it is[F#m] [D] [A]
It`s what it is [F#m]now...[D] [E]
(guitar solo till end)

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