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Iron Maiden - Empire Of The Clouds Chords

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Empire Of The Clouds Chords

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                [Movement 1: 00:00-03:10]


[Instrumental intro]
|Em  D/F# |Em  D Em |
|Em  D/F# |Em  D |
|Em  D/F# |Em  D Em |
|Em  D/F# |Em  D |D |D |

|Em |Em  D5 Em |Em  D |C |Em | (x2)

|Am |G |Em |Fmaj7 | (x2)

|Em  D/F# |Em  D Em |
|Em  D/F# |Em  D |
|Em  D/F# |Em  D Em |
|Em  D/F# |Em  D |D |D |


[Intro]
    Em                                       D5 Em
To ride the storm to an empire of the clouds
                          D                   C           Em
To ride the storm, they climbed aboard their silver ghost
Em                                            D5 Em
To ride the storm to a kingdom that will come
                       D               C     Em
To ride the storm and damn the rest oblivion


[Verse 1]
Am                         G
Royalty and dignitaries, brandy and cigars
      Em
Grey lady giant of the skies
     Fmaj7
You hold them in your arms
     Am
The millionth chance they laughed
         G
To take down his majesty's craft
   Em                            Fmaj7
To India they say magic carpet float away
    Fmaj7
An October fateful day


[Movement 2: 03:10-06:58]


[Instrumental]
|Em |Em |Dsus2  C |Em | (x2)


[Verse 2]
                 Em
Mist is in the trees
Em
Stone sweats with the dew
             Dsus2    C              Em
The morning sunrise, red before the blue
                Em
Hanging at the mast, waiting for command
              Dsus2        C  Em
His Majesty's airship, the R101


[Verse 3]
           Am
She's the biggest vessel built by man
   G
A giant of the skies
    Em                         Fmaj7
For all you unbelievers, the Titanic fits inside
 Am                               G
Drum roll tight her canvas skin, silvered in the sun
       Em                            Fmaj7
Never tested with the fury, with the beating yet to come
     Fmaj7
The fury yet to come


[Verse 4]
                  E5
In the gathering gloom
          E5               D6/9 E5
The storm rising in the west
              E5
The coxswain stared
  D6/9            Cmaj7         E5
Into the plunging weather glass


[Verse 5]
E5
We must go now
        E5            D6/9   E5
We must take our chance with fate
E5
We must go now
       D6/9         Cmaj7        E5
For a politician, he can't be late


[Verse 6]
     Am                            G
The airship crew awake for thirty hours at full stretch
          Em
But the ship is in their backbone
       Fmaj7
Every sinew, every inch
     Am                           G
She never flew at full speed, a trial never done
     Em                       Fmaj7
Her fragile outer cover her Achilles would become
    Fmaj7
An Achilles yet to come


[Verse 7]
               E5 D6/9  E5
Sailors of the sky,
            E5 D6/9  E5
A hardened breed
             D6/9       Cmaj7    E5
Loyal to the king and an airship creed
             E5 D6/9  E5
The engines drum,
              E5  D6/9  E5
The telegraph sounds
            D6/9      Cmaj7           E5
Release the cords that bind us to the ground


[Verse 8]
          Am
Said the coxswain
                           G
"Sir, she's heavy, she'll never make this flight"
          Em
Said the captain
                          Fmaj7
"Damn the cargo, we'll be on our way tonight"
 Am
Groundlings cheered in wonder
        G
As she backed off from the mast
    Em                             Fmaj7
Baptizing them her water from the ballast fore and aft
         Fmaj7
Now she slips into our past


[Movement 3: 06:58-15:12]


[Instrumental Interlude]
|Em  D/F# |Em  D Em |
|Em  D/F# |Em  D |
|Em  D/F# |Em  D Em |
|Em  D/F# |Em  D |D |

|E5 |E5 |C5 |B5 |A5 |G5 |

|G |G |Em |Em |C |C |G |G | (x2)
|G |G |Am |Bm |C |D |Em |Em |

|E5 |E5 |

|Am |C |Em |C | (x3)
|Am |C |Em |Em |

|Em |Em |Em |Em C |Em |Em |C |Am |

|D |C |Em |Em |Em |Em |
|Em |C |Am |C | (x2)
|D |C |Em |Em |Em |Em |
|Em |C |Am |C | (x4)

|Em |C |Am |C  D | (x2)

|Em |Em |C |Am | (x2)
|D |C |Em |Em |Em |Em |
|Em |C |Am |C | (x2)
|D |C |Em |Em |C |Am |

|Am |F |Dm |F | (x6)


[Verse 9]
Em
Fighting the wind as it rolls you
C
Feeling the diesels that push you along
Am
Watching the channel below you
C               D
Lower and lower into the night
Em
Lights are passing below you
C
Northern France asleep in their beds
Am
Storm is raging around you
C                   D
A million to one, that's what he said


[Instrumental Break]
|Em |Em |D |D |C |C |Em |Em | (x2)


[Verse 10]
Em
Reaper standing beside her
C
With his scythe cuts to the bone
Am
Panic to make a decision
   C               D
Experienced men asleep in their graves
    Em
Her cover is ripped and she's drowning
C
Rain is flooding into the hull
  Am
Bleeding to death and she's falling
C                D
Lifting gas is draining away


[Instrumental Break]
|Em |Em |D |D |C |C |Em |Em |

|F |Em |F |Dsus2 |F |Em |F |C  Dsus2 |
|F |F |F |F |


[Movement 4: 15:12-18:02]


[Verse 11]
Am
"We're down lads" came the cry
      G
Bow plunging from the sky
       Em                           Fmaj7
Three thousand horses silent as the ship began to die
     Am                          G
The flares to guide her path, ignited at the last
    Em
The empire of the clouds
     Fmaj7
Just ashes in our past, just ashes at the last


[Instrumental]
|Em  D/F# |Em  D Em |
|Em  D/F# |Em  D |
|Em  D/F# |Em  D Em |
|Em  D/F# |Em  D |


[Verse 12]
E5              D6/9      Cmaj7       D6/9 
Here lie their dreams as I stand in the sun
        E5             D6/9         Cmaj7      D6/9 
On the ground where they built and the engines did run
      E5             D6/9 
To the moon and the stars
   Cmaj7       D6/9 
Now what have we done?
          E5         D6/9          Cmaj7      D6/9   Em  D/F#  Em  D
Oh, the dreamers may die, but the dreams live on
Em             D/F#  Em  D
Dreams live on,
         Em    D/F#  Em  D Em   D/F#  Em  D
Dreams live on


[Instrumental Break]
|Em |Em |Dsus2  C |Em |


[Outro]
                   Em
Now a shadow on a hill, the angel of the east
                  Dsus2       C        Em
The empire of the clouds may rest in peace
                   Em
And in a country churchyard laid head to the mast
                 Dsus2     C             Em
Eight and forty souls who came to die in France


[Ending]
|Dsus2  C |Em |
            
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