[Song: Roy Harper "When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease"]
When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease (Harper)
When the day is done, and the ball has spun
In the umpire's pocket away,
And all remains, in the groundsman's pains,
For the rest of time and a day.
There'll be one mad dog and his master, pushing for 4 with the spin.
C Em C Dm
On a dusty pitch, with two pounds six, of willowwood in the sun.
C Fmaj7 C G
When an old cricketer leaves the crease, you never know whether he's gone,
C Fmaj7 C Dm
If maybe you're catching a fleeting glimpse, of a twelfth man at silly mid-on.
C Fmaj7 C G
And it could be Geoff, and it could be John,
With a new ball sting in his tail.
And it could be me, and it could be thee,
And it could be the sting in the ale.........sting in the ale.
C G Fmaj7
Solo on verse
Verse 2 (chords as above - sorry don't have the words to hand)
Chorus (as above)
Chord note for for beginners:
All chords played as normally given in any book in standard tuning in 1st
position (ie at the bottom of the neck - which is physically the top if you're
holding the neck upwards!). Note that Roy plays G with 4 fingers - fingering
D on the B string, which makes the chord sound nicer (you dont get the jump
out of a chord, better to miss the 3rd(B) than the 5th(D) in general)
............playing D instead of open B
and for complete beginners the rest of the chords:
Fmaj7 C Dm Em
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. Harper Roy lyrics