When I Fall - Barenaked Ladies
From the Album "Born on a Pirate Ship"
Words by Steven Page and Ed Robertson
Music by Ed Robertson
Transcribed by Matthew Nordhaus
CAPO 2 Chords indicated as capoed, not as absolute pitch)
INTRO: D G A Bm D/F# G (x2)
D G A Bm D/F# G
I look straight in the window, try not to look below
D G A E G
Pretend I'm not up here, I try counting sheep
The sheep seem to shower, off this office tower
It's 9.8 straight down, I can't stop my knees.
Bm A E G
I wish I could fly, from this building, from this wall.
Bm A E G
And if I should try, would you catch me, if I fall.
My hands clench the squeegee, a seclar rosary
Hang onto your wallet, hand onto your rings.
I can't look below me, something might throw me.
I curse at the windstorms, that October brings.
I look in the boardroom, a modern Pharaoh's tomb.
I'd gladly swap places, if they care to dive
They line up at the window, peer down into limbo
Frightened of jumping, in case they survive.
And I wish I could step, from this scaffold,
Bm D/F# E G
Onto soft green grass and shopping malls,
G A Bm A D
And bed, and my family, and my pastor and my grandfather
Look straight in the mirror, watch it come clearer
I look like a painter, behind all the grease.
But painting's creating, and I'm just erasing
A crystal clear canvas, is my masterpiece.
If I fall... (repeat)