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Ophelia  Natalie Merchant

hokai, so ... this is my first submission, so ... having said that, be gentle. ^_^
This is a simple, beautiful and dramatic song. Enjoy!
By Natalie Merchant
from the album, "Ophelia"
(I like to capo on the first fret, and I use a basic finger-picking pattern,
except during the end, which builds.)
[Am]Ophelia was a bride of God, a [F]novice Carmellite
[C]in sister cells the cloister bells [G]tolled on her wedding night
[Am]And Ophelia was a rebel girl, a blue [F]stockinged suffragette
who [C]remedied society be[G]tween her cigarettes
[Am]Ophelia was a sweetheart to a [F]nation overnight
Cur[C]vacious thighs, vivacious eyes--l[G]ove was at first sight
Love was [Am]at first sight[F] [C] [G]
[Am]Ophelia was a demi-goddess in pre-war[F] babylon
so s[C]tatuesque, a silhouette in [G]black satin evening gown
[Am]And Ophelia was a mistress to a [F]Vegas gambling man
Sig[C]nora Ophelia, Maraschina, M[G]afia Courtesan
[Am]And Ophelia was a circus queen, the f[F]emale cannonball
Proj[C]ected through five flaming hoops to w[G]ild and shocked applause,
to wild and sh[Am]ocked applause [F] Hey, h[C]ey .... heeeeey hey h[G]ey
(played louder, dramatically and with feeling)
[Am]Ophelia was a tempest cyclone, a G[F]*d-damned hurricane
Your co[C]mmon sense, your best defense lay w[G]asted and in vain
[Am]For Ophelia knows your every woe and every [F]pain you've ever had
She'd s[C]ympathize and dry your eyes and h[G]elp you to forget
and help you t[Am]o forget ...[F]
and help you t[C]o forget ...[G]
(quietly and slowly)
[Am]Ophelia's mind went wondering, you'd w[F]ondered where she'd gone
[C]Through secret doors, down corridors, s[G]he's wandered them all alone
[Am]All alone ...[F] [C] [G]

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