From the album Mean Little River

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A tune I'd never heard before

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On a gloomy evening a couple of weeks after the London bombings of July 2005, I went to a folk club feeling depressed about the World. A young girl played her violin and reminded me of the healing power of music.

Lyrics

A tune I’d never heard before
Triple time. In A (Capo on 2nd fret play in G = chords in brackets)

Verse 1
A(G) C#m(Bm) D(C) A(G) A(G) D(C) E(D)
It was an Autumn eve.......ning the air was cold and thin
A(G) C#m(Bm) D(C) A(G) A(G) E(D) A(G)
I sat in the gloom of a crowded room while a girl played her violin
F#m(Em) E(D) F#m(Em) E(D)
When I go to my Maker and He asks me what I have done
D(C) A(G) F#m(Em) D(C) E(D) A(G)
I’ll say one day when the World looked grey I watched a girl play her vio.....lin
Repeat last line

Chorus
A(G) D(C) C#m(Bm) Bm(Am) C#m(Bm) F#m(Em) E(D)
And her hair danced on her shoul.........der like wa.....ves lap on the shore
A(G) D(C) C#m(Bm) Bm(Am) A(G) E(D) A(G)
And she played upon my he....art strings a tune I’d never heard before.

Verse 2
It was an Autumn evening, the sky was grey as slate
The World is a sphere where hope disappears and a man never knows his fate
When I go to my Maker and He asks me what I have seen
I’ll say one day when the World looked grey I saw a girl play her violin
Repeat last line

Chorus

Verse 3
It was an Autumn evening, when the darkness had grown
The World is a drum where joy seldom comes and a heart must beat alone
When I go to my Maker and He asks me what was my sin
I stole a glimpse of paradise when a girl played her violin
Repeat last line

Chorus

Instrumental verse

Chorus

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