Thompson Richard - First Light Album Chords & Tabs

 

First Light Album Chords & Tabs

Thompson Richard Chords & Tabs

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First Light Album Chords

   
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From: phillip@phoenix.Princeton.EDU (Phillip Charles Saunders)
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RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON - FIRST LIGHT
version 1.0,  Nov 12,1993
Transcribed by Phil Saunders (phillip@phoenix.princeton.edu)
Additions/Corrections welcome!
 
Restless Highway (Lyrics,Chords,Partial Tab)
Sweet Surrender (Lyrics)
Don't Let a Thief Steal into Your Heart (Lyrics)
The Choice Wife (Instrumental)
Died For Love (Lyrics, Chords)
Strange Affair (Lyrics)
Layla (Lyrics)
Pavanne (Lyrics)
House Of Cards (Lyrics)
First Light (Lyrics,Chords,Partial Tab)
 
RESTLESS HIGHWAY
Richard Thompson
Transcribed by Phil Saunders
 
Intro (2 times)
 
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  G               C              G         C
I am a travelling man, I have no country
    G                 C             G         C
And travelling people are my kin by birth
   G                   C            G         C
No chains will keep me from my destination
    G                C                 G      G
And far-flung are my footsteps on this earth
 
        Am              D         
There's something in my mind that makes me
Am               D         
Something in the wind that takes me
G                  C                D
Like the dust, I'm blown out on the street again
 
         G         C  G
Restless highway
          C/E               D
I need to leave this town behind
         G         C  G
Restless highway
             C/E           D
Come see the country of my mind
            G         C  G
You hear my footsteps
              C               D
Wherever this rocky road will wind
     G              C       D     G
This empty restless highway is my heart
 
 
By way of trade I am anything you fancy
I'll sew your purse, I'll milk your garden cow
I'll shine your shoes or sew your silver button
I'll punch your nose, I'll sharpen up your plough
 
There's something in my mind that makes me
Something in the wind that takes me
Like the dust, I'm blown out on the street again
Restless highway
I need to leave this town behind
Restless highway
Come see the country of my mind
You hear my footsteps wherever this rocky road will wind
This empty restless highway is my heart
 
Restless highway
I need to leave this town behind
Restless highway
Come see the country of my mind
You hear my footsteps wherever this rocky road will wind
This empty restless highway is my heart
This empty restless highway is my heart
 
 
SWEET SURRENDER
 
I gave my heart to you
Oh, oh, oh, oh
I gave my heart to you
Oh, oh, oh, sweet surrender
Sweet surrender, ah, sweet surrender
How long, how long, how long?
 
I'd give the world for you
Oh, oh, oh, oh
I'd give the world for you
Oh, oh, oh, sweet surrender
Sweet surrender, ah, sweet surrender
How long, how long, how long?
 
You make me weep when you touch my hand
Oh, I should run from here but I can't seem to stand
Oh, I can't leave you
Oh, I believe you
And I believe you'll understand
 
I feel you next to me
Oh, oh, oh, oh
I feel you next to me
Oh, oh, oh, sweet surrender
Sweet surrender, ah, sweet surrender
How long, how long, how long?
 
Oh, I can't leave you
Oh, I believe you
And I believe you'll understand
 
You make my heart beat
Oh, oh, oh, oh
You make my heart beat
Oh, oh, oh, sweet surrender
Sweet surrender, ah, sweet surrender
How long, how long, how long?
 
Sweet, sweet surrender
Sweet, sweet surrender
Sweet, sweet surrender
Sweet, sweet surrender
 
 
DON'T LET A THIEF STEAL INTO YOUR HEART
 
(Chorus)
Don't let a thief steal into your heart
Or you may end up broken-hearted
Don't let a whisper tear you apart
Or you'll be right back where you started
 
How many days does a man think he has
That he can spend his whole time dreaming?
How many schemes isn't one man thinking up
And does he think he's the only one scheming?
 
(Chorus)
 
Stop your lies and stop your cheating
It never did you no good, no good
How can you say you will when you won't
When you know you never would if you could?
 
(Chorus)
 
Everyone is in love with money
Strange news 'cause they say that love is blind
How many times did you meet somebody
Who said they had some real peace of mind?
 
(Chorus)
(Chorus)
 
 
THE CHOICE WIFE
 
(Instrumental)
 
 
DIED FOR LOVE
 
Ab Bb                           Ab Bb
   John Gumblain, Annie Painter
Eb                           Ab Bb
They were true lovers to the end
Ab Bb               Ab Bb  
     They grew up together
Eb                                  Bb
In the streets where no one is your friend
Eb                               Bb
They mixed their hearts' blood together
Eb                          Bb
They swore they'd always be true
Eb                      Bb
When Annie left for the summer
Eb            Ab              Bb
She said "For now, but never adieu"
 
 
"I'd give my life to be with you"
 
Some will die for fortune,
 
Some will die for pleasure
 
But only lovers died for love
 
The summer turned into winter
But Annie Painter never came
Cold wind blew through the dark town
And it chilled the heart of John Gumblain
He took the road to every city
He sailed to every port of call
He hung his head as tears were falling
He scratched his message on the wall
 
"I'd give my life to be with you"
Some will die for fortune, some will die for pleasure
But only lovers died for love
 
He was broken, he was  . . .
His face was old and cracked with tears
He was dying of disease
That shook his frame for thirteen years
As he lay sickening by the roadside
A voice came drifting through the air
It was the voice of Annie Painter
She sang a song ?three times clear?
 
"I'd give my life to be with you"
Some will die for fortune, some will die for pleasure
But only lovers died for love
 
He went running through the city
He searched for day after day
When he found her, she was dying
And all for love of John Gumblain
She said "Forgive my cruel father
He tried to keep me away
And don't despair for my dying
For this is our wedding day"
 
"I'd give my life to be with you"
Some will die for fortune, some will die for pleasure
But only lovers died for love
But only lovers died for love
(repeat)
 
 
STRANGE AFFAIR
 
This is a strange affair
The time has come to travel but the road is filled with fear
This is a strange affair
My youth has all been wasted and I'm bent and grey with years
And all my companions are taken away
And who will provide for me against my dying day?
I took my own provision but it threw me and wasted away
This is a strange, this is a strange affair
 
Oh, where are my companions?
My mother, father, lover, friend and enemy
Where are my companions?
They're prisoners of death now and taken far from me
And where are the dreams I dreamed in the days of my youth?
They took me to illusion and they promised me the truth
And what do sleepers need to make them listen, why do they need ?more
room??
This is a strange, this is a strange affair
 
 
LAYLA
 
I drew near to the house of Layla
It was then I heard her call
Her sweet voice made me wish that it would never end at all
Oh, you say you see some good in me
It's only from her light
Take this  . . .  from me, don't look to her delight
 
She was pleased with me
She drew me nearer
She turned me into a retreat
Oh, she didn't like company
She spoke to me
She let me, a sinner, free
 
(Chorus)
Oh, Layla, Layla, Layla, Layla
Oh, Layla, Layla, Layla, Layla
Oh, Layla, Layla, Layla, Layla
Oh, Layla, Layla, Layla, Layla
 
Then she came close to me
The veils fell from her sight
She dazzled me, she bewildered me
Confused me with her light
Oh, you say you see some good in me
It's only from her light
Take this  . . .  from me, don't look to her delight
 
And there she took me
And there she possessed me
She showed her meaning to me
I thought my soul
Would be her ransom
I thought that she was leaving
 
(Chorus)
 
And there she slew me
She tore me to pieces
My blood stained like a dye
And when I was dead
She brought me to life
My star shone in her sky
 
(Chorus)
 
 
PAVANNE
 
Pavanne, cold steel woman, Pavanne
How do you love a woman
With eyes cold as the barrel of her gun?
Who's never missed her mark on anyone
Pavanne, Pavanne, Pavanne
 
Casino doors swing open, the rich men raise their eyes
They say "Who is this beauty, as elegant as ice?"
And later there's an accident, another charge d'affaires
Is lying in a pool of blood, no witness anywhere
And they say she was a hundred miles away
 
The hotel porter saw her climb the stairs
And the maid, with trembling hands, knows what to say
When the judge says "Are you sure?", "I'm sure," she swears
 
Pavanne, cold steel woman, Pavanne
How do you love a woman
With eyes cold as the barrel of her gun?
Who's never missed her mark on anyone
Pavanne, Pavanne, Pavanne
 
At the presidential palace, a thousand people saw
His Excellency leave his car and never make the door
The blood flows from his fingers as he clutches at the stain
He staggers like a drunken man lies twisted in the rain
And they say she grew up well-provided for
 
Her mother used to keep her boys for sure
And father's close attention led to talk
She learned to stab her food with a silver fork
 
Pavanne, cold steel woman, Pavanne
 
And they say she didn't do it for the money
And they say she didn't do it for the man
They say that she did it for the pleasure
The pleasure of the moment
 
Pavanne, cold steel woman, Pavanne
 
How do you stop this woman
When everyone is moving in a trance?
Like prisoners of some slow portly dance
Pavanne, Pavanne, Pavanne
Pavanne, Pavanne, Pavanne
 
 
HOUSE OF CARDS
 
Oh, the rain is falling                  Blow, blow, down
And the whirlwind rolls                  Blow, blow, down
I'll shake your windows                  Blow, blow, down
And rattle your door                     Blow, blow, down
 
Blow down this house of cards
Blow down this house of cards
 
They're washing the streets              Blow, blow, down
With the blood of your kind              Blow, blow, down
Ah, look over your shoulder              Blow, blow, down
They're right behind                     Blow, blow, down
 
Blow down this house of cards
Blow down this house of cards
 
The birds are wheeling                   Blow, blow, down
Up above your head                       Blow, blow, down
All your days are numbered               Blow, blow, down
You're as good as dead                   Blow, blow, down
 
Blow down this house of cards
Blow down this house of cards
 
This very fine house                     Blow, blow, down
Of great renown                          Blow, blow, down
It's cracked and shaky                   Blow, blow, down
And a-tumbling down                      Blow, blow, down
 
Blow down this house of cards
Blow down this house of cards
Blow down this house of cards
Blow down this house of cards
 
 
FIRST LIGHT
Richard Thompson,
Transcribed by Phil Saunders
 
 
Intro Chords (4 times):  D  C  Bm
 
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D              C        Bm
Give me what I ask for
D              C        Bm
Give me what I long for
G     D    G    G     D    G
First light,    first light
  D               C       Bm
I came to you for refuge
      D               C       Bm
Don't leave me to the thieves
      D              C       Bm
Don't leave me to my own
D           C       Bm  G
You're my disease
 
G     D    G    G     D    G
First light,    first light
G     D    G    G     D    G
First light,    first light
 
(Guitar solo)
 
Take me through the mountains
Lead me from confusion
Take me by the hand
Through real and through illusion
 
First light, first light
First light, first light
 
Give me what I ask for
Give me what I long for
Give me what I ask for
Give me what I long for
 
First light, first light
First light, first light
 
Give me what I ask for
Give me what I long for
Give me what I ask for
Give me what I long for

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