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Tim Buckley, Cripples Cry Chords (ver.1)

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Cripples Cry Chords (ver.1)

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Artist - Tim Buckley
Song - Cripples Cry
Album - This track wasn't released on any of Buckley's studio albums but a version can
found on the bootleg 'Live at the Folklore Center 1967', which is of a January '67
in Greenwich Village.  A studio version was definitely recorded around the time of 
and Hello, and is allegedly sitting in the archives of Herb Cohen, Buckley's then manager.
it'll get a proper release some day (although given that Starsailor and Blue Afternoon 
remain out of print I wouldn't hold your breath!).

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The whole song uses the same four chords over and over.  The basic pattern in the
on the root chord seems to be:

       A
e-----------------------|
B---------------3-------|
G-------------3---3-----|
D-----------------------|
A------0----------------|
E-----------------------|

And then I guess pick as suits your style, or listen to the recording to see how it's
there.  If you have a beautiful voice with a four octave range that will probably add
to its performance as well...

             A             D           C#m      Bm          A
I know we're through but I still can't really believe that we'd fall

                A           D      C#m          Bm           A
And though it's sad I still try to hold back my tears, but still I call


           A      Bm     C#m
What can I say or do for you?

               Bm         A
What would you like me to be?

        A            Bm    C#m
Shall I laugh, dance    or sing for you?

         Bm            A
Cripples cry, what can I do?


      A             D          C#m   Bm
Yes I know that you don't want me anymore

        A      D       C#m      Bm
I carry tears, incense and fine wines

        A
What do you do?


           A                 D         C#m       Bm
        A
But please believe that your love will grow with time or with need

                A              D     C#m         Bm
         A
And though you say that you'll never change your mind, I'll be here


          D         C#m       Bm
And I'm a torn down child for you

           A
I build my castles in the sky

             D       C#m  Bm
And I've the colours of a clown

       A
In the teardrops from my eyes


      A             D          C#m   Bm
Yes I know that you don't want me anymore

        A      D       C#m      Bm
I carry tears, incense and fine wines

        A
What do you do?


           A     D       C#m
I'm on the other side of fear

           Bm                   A
Through my pain I've learned to love

          A       D          C#m
And if my actions aren't too clear

         Bm          A
remember clowns only cry


      A             D          C#m   Bm
Yes I know that you don't need me anymore

        A      D       C#m      Bm
I carry tears, incense and fine wines

        A
What do you do?


          A       D          C#m
Your dark secrets torture my mind

             Bm            A
Your life of love turns me cold

               A             D      C#m
And your first lovers you've left behind

          Bm        A
Or do you wish to return?


         A             D          C#m   Bm
Oh yes I know that you don't need me anymore

        A      D       C#m      Bm
I carry tears, incense and fine wines

        A
What do you do?


           A      D      C#m
What can I say or do for you?

               Bm         A
What would you like me to be?

        A            Bm    C#m
Shall I laugh, dance    or sing for you?

         Bm            A
Cripples cry, what can I do?


          A             D          C#m   Bm
And yes I know that you don't need me anymore

        A      D       C#m      Bm
I carry tears, incense and fine wines

        A
What do you do?


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NB - I can't be 100% sure on the lyrics cos the bootleg's kind of poor quality.  I think
mostly right though.

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