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The Greatest Show On Earth Chords

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Nightwish
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                [I. Four Point Six]

From 00:00 to 01:32

Dsus4  Dm  E/D  Dm  Gmadd9/D  Dm  E/D  Dm
Cm          Eb  A/C#
Dsus4  Dm  E/D  Dm  Gmadd9/D  Dm  E/D  Dm
Cm          Eb  A/C#

Gm    Eb    F    Eb Gm    Bb
Gm    Eb    F    Eb Gm    Bb  C


From 01:32 to 02:57

Dm    Fm Dm  E Dm  Ddim E Fm Dm    E Fm Dm   Bbmaj7 Dm  Dmadd9

Dm  C  G  Dm
Dm  Bb  Bb  C  Dm
Dm  C  G  Dm
Dm  Bb  Bb  C  Bb C Dm

Dm   Ddim Dm


From 02:57 to 04:28

Dsus4  Dm  E7/D  Dm  Gmadd9/D  Dm  E/D  Dm
Cm          Eb  A/C#
Dsus4  Dm  E/D  Dm  Gmadd9/D  Dm  E/D  Dm
Cm          Eb  A/C#

Gm    Eb    F    Eb Gm    Bb
Gm    Eb    F    Eb Gm    Bb  C Dm


From 04:28 to 05:01

Dm  Bb  C  G  Bb  C  Dm
Bb  C  G  C  D  Em
C  D  A  C  D  Em
C  D  A/E   Em    A/E    Em


From 05:01 to 05:46

Em  D  A  Em
Em  C  C D Em
Em  D  A  Em
Em  C  C D Em


[Lyrics sung by Floor Janses from 03:44 to 05:46]

Archaean horizon

The first sunrise

On a pristine Gaea

Opus perfectum

Somewhere there, us sleeping


[Spoken]

"After sleeping through a hundred million centuries

We have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet

Sparkling with color, bountiful with life

Within decades we must close our eyes again

Isn't it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief

Time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe

And how we have come to wake up in it?"



[II. Life] (Guitar Part - Transpose 1 step up and play power chords with D Standard tuning)

From 05:46 to 06:15

Gm  F  C  Gm
Gm  Cm  Bb  F Gm  F
Gm  F  C  Gm
Gm  Eb  Eb  F Gm  F#


From 06:15 to 06:57

F Em  F Em  F Em Em  F Em  D  F G F Em  F Em  F Em

F Em  F Em  F Em Em  F Em  D  F G F Em  F Em  F Em Em  Em  G A Bb  (x3)


[Lyrics] (spoken)

The cosmic law of gravity

Pulled the newborns around a fire

A careless, cold infinity

In every vast direction

Lonely farer in the Goldilocks zone

She has a tale to tell

From the stellar nursery into a carbon feast

Enter LUCA


From 06:57 to 07:43

Bbm       Eb    Bbm   Eb
The tapestry of chemistry
          Gb    Bbm      Gb
There's a writing in the garden
Gb         F
Leading us to the mother of all


Gm     F
We are one
   C          Gm
We are the universe
Gm          Cm                  Bb        F     Gm   F
Forbears of what will be scions of the Devonian sea
Gm    F        C                   Gm
Aeons pass, writing the tale of us all
Gm               Eb
A day-to-day new opening
        Eb       F       Gm    F#
For the greatest show on Earth


From 07:43 to 07:56

F Em  F Em  F Em Em  F Em  D  F G F Em  F Em  F Em

F Em  F Em  F Em Em  F Em  D  F G F Em  F Em  F Em Em  Em  G A Bb  (x2)


[Lyrics] (spoken)

Ion channels

Welcoming the outside world to the stuff of stars

Bedding the tree of a biological holy

Enter life


From 07:56 to 08:43

Bbm       Eb    Bbm   Eb
The tapestry of chemistry
          Gb    Bbm      Gb
There's a writing in the garden
Gb         F
Leading us to the mother of all


Gm     F
We are one
   C          Gm
We are the universe
Gm          Cm                  Bb        F     Gm   F
Forbears of what will be scions of the Devonian sea
Gm    F        C                   Gm
Aeons pass, writing the tale of us all
Gm               Eb
A day-to-day new opening
        Eb       F       Gm
For the greatest show on Earth


From 08:43 to 09:12

Gm
Cm  F
Gm
Cm  F  Gm  F  Ab

Gm  F Gm  F Eb Gm
Gm  Cm F Gm


From 09:12 to 10:09

Cm     Bb      F            Cm
We are here to care for the garden
Cm             Bb              F                Cm    Gm    F Gm
The wonder of, birth of, every form most beautiful
      F         Eb       Gm       Cm F  Gm   F  Ab
Every form most beautiful


Cm     Bb
We are one
   F          Cm
We are the universe
Cm          Fm                  Ab        Bb     Cm
Forbears of what will be scions of the Devonian sea
Gm    F        C                   Gm
Aeons pass, writing the tale of us all
Gm               Eb
A day-to-day new opening
        Eb       F       Gm    F# Em
For the greatest show on Earth



[III. The Toolmaker] (Guitar Part - Transpose 1 step up and play power chords with D Standard tuning)

From 10:09 to 10:50

Em   F#    D/F#   Em/G  (x8)


From 10:50 to 11:30

Animal noises


From 11:29 to 11:53 (piano chords)

G Em  Bb Em  Bm C Em G Em  (x4)


From 11:53 to 13:46

G Em  Bb Em  Bm C Em G Em  Bb Em
G Em  Bb Em  Bm C Em G Em  Bb Em  C B (x2)

Em
After a billion years
Em
The show is still here
Em
Not a single one of your fathers died young
Em
The handy travelers out of Africa
Em                 C B Bb
Little Lucy of the Afar

Em
Gave birth to fantasy
Em
To idolatry
Em
To self destructive weaponry
Em
Enter the god of gaps
Em
Deep within the past
Em                      C B Bb
Atavistic dread of the hunted


G Em  Bb Em  Bm C Em G Em  Bb Em
G Em  Bb Em  Bm C Em G Em  Bb Em  C B

Em
Enter Ionia
Em
The cradle of thought
Em
The architecture of understanding
Em
The human lust to feel so exceptional
Em           C B Bb
To rule the Earth

Em
Hunger for shiny rocks
Em
For giant mushroom clouds
Em
The will to do just as you'd be done by
Em
Enter history
Em
The grand finale
Em         C B Bb
Enter ratkind

Am
Man, he took his time in the sun
       G             Am
Had a dream to understand
  G               F
A single grain of sand
Am
He gave birth to poetry
    G          F
But one day'll cease to be
          Dm                 F        E
Greet the last light of the library


From 13:46 to 14:23

Hold E

Mixed sounds, along with Thomas of Celano's Dies Irae and Bach's Minuet in G


From 14:23 to 16:28

Em  (played along with Bach's Toccata and Fugue, and Metallica's Enter Sandman)

C B Bb

E

C B Bb


Am
Man, he took his time in the sun
       G             Am
Had a dream to understand
  G               F
A single grain of sand
Am
He gave birth to poetry
    G          F
But one day'll cease to be
          Dm                 F        E
Greet the last light of the library

Am
Man, he took his time in the sun
       G             Am
Had a dream to understand
  G               F
A single grain of sand
Am
He gave birth to poetry
    G          F
But one day'll cease to be
          Dm                 F        E
Greet the last light of the library

        C     D
We were here!

        Em
We were here!

        C      D
We were here!

        Em           (blast sound)
We were here!



[IV. The Understanding]  (back to piano chords)


From 16:28 to 16:53

Mixed sounds


From 16:23 to 19:05

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

Gm  Eb  F  Eb Gm
Gm  Cm  Bb F  Eb Gm   (x2)


From 19:05 to 20:40

Gm  G  Gm  G  Am/G  G/B  Cm  G

Cm  Bb  F  (x2)

Cm  Bb/D  Eb  Fm/Ab  Bbsus4 Bb

Cm  Bb  F  (x2)

Cm  Bb/D  Eb  Fm/Ab  Cm


[Lyrics] (spoken)

"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones

Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born

The potential people who could have been here in my place

But who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara

Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton

We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA

So massively exceeds the set of actual people

In the teeth of those stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here

We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds

How dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state

From which the vast majority have never stirred?"



[V. Sea-Worn Driftwood]

From 20:40 to 24:01

[Instrumental]

Ambient sounds


[Lyrics] (spoken)

"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers

Having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one

And that whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity

From so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been

And are being, evolved"



Ends on sea and nature noises
            
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