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The Carny  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Cdim x3424x
Fm/C x33111
The timing seems hard but there are clues to be on time:
- Play "Cm" when the verse comes quitely
- Play "Fm/C" when the organ enters
- Play "Cdim" when the tack piano strums
Cdim (fade in, then at 0:27 play it 14 times)
Fm/C (14 times)
Verse 1 (1:08)
[Cm]And no-one saw the Carny go, the weeks flew by
Until they moved on the show, leaving his caravan behind
[Fm/C]It was parked out on the south east ridge
And as the company crossed the bridge
With the first rain filling the bone-d[Cm]ry river bed
It shone, just so, upon the edge, away, away, we're sad to say
Verse 2
[Fm/C]Dog-boy, Atlas, Mandrake, the geeks, the hired hands
[Cm]There was not one among them that did not cast an eye behind
In the hope that the Carny would return to his own kind
Bridge (2:02)
Cdim (14 times)
Fm/C (12 times)
Verse 3
[Cm]The Carny left behind a horse so skin and bone that he named Sorrow
And it was in a shallow, un[Fm/C]marked grave
That that old nag was laid in the then parched meadow
Verse 4
[Cm]And it was the dwarves that were given the task of digging the ditch
And laying the nag's carcass in the ground
While boss Bellini, waved his smoking pistol around saying:
"The nag was dead meat"
[Fm/C]"We can't afford to carry dead weight"
While the whole company standing about, not making a sound
And turning to the dwarves perched on the enclosure gate
[Cm]The boss says: "Bury this lump of crow bait"
Bridge (3:30)
Cdim (14 times)
Fm/C (12 times)
Verse 5
[Cm]And the rain came hammering down
Everybody running for their wagons
Tying all the canvas flaps down
[Fm/C]The mangy cats growling in their cages
The bird-girl flapping and squawking around
Verse 6
[Cm]The whole valley reeking of wet beast
Wet beast and rotten, sodden hay
Freak and brute creation all
Packed up and on their way
[Fm/C]The three dwarves peering from their wagon's hind
Moses says to Noah: "Shoulda dugga deepa one"
Their grizzled faces like dying moons
Still dirty from the digging done
Break (4:58)
Fm/C (Strummed 8 times)
Verse 7
Fm/C (Stummed 8 more times)
And Charlie the Atlas to the three said:
"I guess the Carny ain't gonna show"
And they were silent for a spell
wishing they'd done a better job of burying Sorrow
Bridge (5:23)
Cdim (12 times)
Verse 8
[Cm]And the company passed from the valley into a higher ground
And the rain beat on the ridge and on the meadow and on the mound
[Fm/C]Until nothing was left, nothing left at all
Except the body of Sorrow, that rose in time
To float upon the surface of the eaten soil
Bridge (6:06)
Cdim (12 times)
Verse 9
[Cm]And a murder of crows did circle around
First one, then the others flapping blackly down
Bridge (6:33)
Cdim (8 times)
Verse 10
[Cm]And the Carny's van still sat upon the edge
Tilting slowly as the firm ground turned to sludge
Bridge (6:56)
Cdim (8 times)
[Cm]And the rain it hammered down
And the rain it hammered down
And the rain it hammered down
And the rain it hammered down
Bridge (7:18)
Cdim (8 times)
[Fm/C]And no-one saw the Carny go
No-one saw the Carny go
No-one saw the Carny go
Cdim (play it 8 times and and on Cm)
I say, it's funny how things go...

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