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I tabbed this out over in the tab section of the board. I used a solo acoustic version so hopefully the tab is consistent with the album:

 

Solitaire

 

Once I thought the world was crazy

Everyone was sad and chasing

Happiness and love and

I was the only one above it

 

Once I thought without a doubt

I had it all figured out

The universe with hands unseen

I was cold as gasoline

 

It took too long to see

that I was wrong to believe

in me only

 

Once my life was a game so unfair

It beat me down and kept me there

Unaware of my naysaying

Solitaire was all that I was playing

 

It took too long to see

that I was wrong to believe

in me only

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I think it's wake with a start. Thanks for writing those up!

That makes more sense

 

so...Is it about the civil war conscription policy, where you could pay someone to take your place? Maybe drawing a parallel to the idea of being (or not) a soldier today?

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Deeper Down

 

By the end of the bout

he was punched out

fist(?) capsized, muscles shouting

deeper down

he felt the insult of a kiss

 

deeper still than we can go

further out than triremes row

drowning slow

his memories persist

 

out beyond the telescope's prowl

up above the tallest dutch(something?) path

he realized

this mystery is his

 

underneath the ocean floor

the part of who we are but don't explore

i adore the meaninglessness

of the this we can express

 

By the end of the bout he was punched out

fist capsized, muscles shouting

deeper down

he felt the comfort of a kiss

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Also, I heard "gold" rather than "goal." I'll have to listen again to see, but I was pretty sure? I'm half deaf, so who the hell knows what kind of source I am.

What'd you say?

 

Speak up sonny!

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Wilco (The Song)

 

Are you under the impression

This isn't your life?

Do you dabble in depression?

Is someone twisting a knife in your back?

Are you being attacked?

 

Oh this is a fact

That you need to know-ow-ow-ow-ow

 

Wilco

Wilco

Wilco will love you, baby

 

Are times getting tough?

Are the roads you travel rough?

Have you had enough of the old?

 

Tired of being exposed to the cold

Stare of your stereo?

Put on your headphones

Before you explode

 

Wilco

Wilco

Wilco will love you, baby

 

There's so many wars that just can't be won, oh-oh-ohhh

Even before the battles begun, oh-oh-ohhh

This is an aural arms open wide

A sonic shoulder for you to cry on

 

Wilco

Wilco will love you, baby

 

Is someone twisting a knife in your back?

Are you being attacked?

Oh, this is a fact

That you need to know-ow-ow-ow-ow

 

Wilco

Wilco

Wilco

Wilco will love you, baby.

 

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Deeper Down

 

By the end of the bout

He was punched out

Fists capsized

Muscles shouting

 

Deeper down

He felt the insult of a kiss

 

Deeper still than we can go

Further out than triremes row

Drowning slow

His memories persist

 

Out beyond the telescopes prowl

Up above the torched up path

He realized

This mystery is his

 

Underneath the ocean floor

The part of who we are

We don't explore

I adore

The meaninglessness

Of the this

We can't express

 

By the end of the bout

He was punched out

Fists capsized

Muscles shouting

 

Deeper down

He felt the comfort of a kiss

 

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One Wing

 

We once belonged to a bird

Who cast a shadow on this world

You were a blessing

And I was a curse

I did my best not to make things worse

For you

If it isn't true

 

I always knew this would be our fate

This is what happens when we separate

This happens to all dead weight

Eventually

 

We may as well be made of stone

We can't be thrown

One wing will never fly

Neither yours nor mine

I fear we can only wave goodbye

 

One wing

We'll never ever fly

Neither yours nor mine

 

One wing

We'll never ever fly, dear

Neither yours nor mine

I fear we can only wave goodbye

 

One wing

We'll never ever fly, dear

Neither yours not mine

I fear we can only wave goodbye

 

Bye Bye

Bye Bye

Bye Bye

Bye Bye

 

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Bull Black Nova

 

It's in my hair

It's on my clothes

It's in the river

Over the road

 

It's shining down

My angry star

Hanging off the hood of my car

I'm not going far

I'm not going far

 

It's coming down

Coming off the shoulders

What have they found?

I wonder if they know?

 

I'm in a bull black Chevy Nova

Silhouetted by the setting sun

This can't be undone

This can't be undone

 

If I'm the one

Blood on my sofa

Blood in the sink

Blood in the trunk

 

High at the wheel

Of a bull black Nova

And I'm sorry as a setting sun

This can't be undone

Can't be outrun

 

It's in my hair

There's blood in the sink

I can't calm down

I can't think

 

I keep calling

There's blood in the trunk

I can't calm down

 

Pick up!

Pick up!

 

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You And I

 

You and I

We might be strangers

However close we get sometimes

It's like we've never met

 

But you and I

I think we can take it

All the good with the bad

Make something that no one else has

But you and I

 

You and I

Me and you

What can we do

When the words we use sometimes

Are misconstrued

 

Well I won't guess

What's coming next

I can't ever tell you

The deepest well

I've ever fallen into

 

Oh I don't wanna know

Oh I don't wanna know

Oh I don't need to know

Everything about you

 

Oh I don't wanna know

And you don't need to know

That much about me

 

You and I

We might be strangers

However close we get sometimes

It's like we've never met

 

But you and I

I think we can take it

All the good with the bad

Make something that no one else has

But you and I

 

You and I

You and I

You and I

You and I

 

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You Never Know

 

Come on children

You're acting like children

Every generation

Thinks it's the end of the world

 

Well all you fat followers

Get fit fast

Every generation think it's the last

Thinks it's the end of the world

 

There's a dream down a well

There's a lone heavy hell

 

I don't care anymore

I don't care anymore

It's a fear we transcend

If we're here at the end

 

I don't care anymore

I don't care anymore

Cause you never know

 

Come on kids

You're acting like children

Act your age

Give back the black metals and pearls

 

Oh all you sword swallowers

Pull yourselves together

Every generation thinks it's the worst

Thinks it's the end of the world

 

There's a secret I can't tell

There's a wish down a well

 

I don't care anymore

I don't care anymore

 

There's a lone

Heavy hell

Synthesized about and

I don't care anymore

I don't care anymore

 

But you never know

Oh you never know

 

I don't care anymore

I don't care anymore

 

It's a secret I can't tell

There's a wish down a well

 

I don't care anymore

I don't care anymore

 

It's a fear to transcend

If we're here at the end

I don't care anymore

I don't care anymore

I don't care anymore

I don't care anymore

 

But you never know

Oh you never know

 

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A Country Disappeared

 

Wake up we're here

It's so much worse than we feared

There's nothing left here

A country has disappeared

 

The winter trees bleeding

Leaf red blood

The summer sweet dreaming

April blush

But none of that's ever gonna mean

As much to me again

 

Hold out your hand

There's so much you don't understand

So stick as close as you can

To all of your best laid plans

 

You've got the white clouds hanging

So high above you

You've got the helicopters dangling

Angling to shoot the shots

To feed the hungry

Weekend news crew anchormen

 

So every evening

We can watch from above

Crushed cities

Like a bug

 

Fold ourselves into each others guts

Turn our faces up to the sun

 

I won't take no

I won't let you go

All by yourself

I know you'll need my help

 

When the cool light shakes you

Like a chandelier

When the snowflakes break through

The atmosphere

And melt on the blue breath

Of the auctioneers

And disappear

 

So every evening

We can watch from above

Crushed cities

Like a bug

 

Fold ourselves into each others blood

And turn our faces up to the sun

 

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Solitaire

 

Once I thought

The world was crazy

Everyone was sad and chasing

Happiness and love

And I was the only one above it

 

Once I thought

Without a doubt

I had it all figured out

The universe with hands unseen

I was cold as gasoline

 

It took too long to see

I was wrong to believe

In me only

 

Once my life

Was a game so unfair

It beat me down and kept me there

Unaware of my naysaying

Solitaire was all I was playing

 

It took too long to see

I was wrong to believe

In me only

 

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I'll Fight

 

I'll go, I'll go, I'll go

I'll go for you

I'll fight, I'll fight, I'll fight

I'll fight for you

I'll kill, I'll kill, I'll kill

I'll kill for you

I will, I will, I will

 

I'll go, I'll go, I'll go

I'll go for you

I'll fight, I'll fight, I'll fight

I'll fight for you

I'll die, I'll die, I'll die

I'll die for you

I will, I will, I will

 

And If I die

I'll die, I'll die alone

On some forgotten hill

Abandoned by the men

All my blood

Will spring and spill

I'll thrash the air

And then be still

 

You'll wake with a start

From a dream and know

That I am gone

You'll feel it in your heart

But not for very long

 

You will rise each day as planned

Your will is your command

And stand each Sunday at hymnal

Steady in your hand

 

And you'll sing to yourself

The rising, falling melody

That you could never read

Without your choirs lead

Still alone and lost indeed

In your soul, you'll not be free

 

I will go, I will go, I will go

Into war's waters I will wade

And I will know without remorse

Or regret, the fairness of our trade

 

For you to live I took your place

A deal was made and now it's paid

And the gold as I was told

At the place where my body could be laid

 

And then you'll steal your life

And die old in better homes

Surrounded by your peers

Without suffering or fear

Grandchildren far and near

And none will shed a tear

For the love no longer here

 

I'll go, I'll go, I'll go

I'll go for you, I will

I'll fight, I'll fight, I'll fight

I'll fight for you

I will, I will, I will

I'll kill, I'll kill, I'll kill

I'll kill for you, I will

I'll die, I'll die, I'll die

I'll die for you

I will, I will, I will

 

And if I die

I'll die, I'll die alone

Like Jesus on the cross

My faith cannot be tossed

And my life will not be lost

If my love comes across

 

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Sonny Feeling

 

I was on my way home

From high school

I was stuck at the crossing

I dug in for a duel

 

Well at the last moment

I barely hit the brakes

My life split in two directions

Into two seperate fates

 

I got on the last fight

To Amsterdam

We couldn't hit the runway

So he took off again

 

Aww, there's no need to worry

The captain cut in

The winds are less heavy

Over in Berlin

 

You know it's true

The other shoe

It waits for you

What can you do?

Remember to show gratitude

The darkest night is nothing new

 

Sonny's got a problem

All the mini-mart clerks know

She knows nothing of him and his

Suburban gangster flow

 

Oh maybe it's random

How each moment unfolds

It didn't feel

Like the wrong time or place

Until they cut off her clothes

 

I'm on my way home

From my high school

I'm always contemplating

Why the kids are still cruel

Oh, the kids are still cruel

 

A sunny feeling is taken away

A sunny feeling is taken away

A sunny feeling is taken away

Some of the feeling is taken away

 

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Everlasting Everything

 

Everything alive must die

Every building built to the sky will fall

Don't try to tell me my everlasting love is a lie

 

Everlasting

Everything

Oh nothing could mean anything

At all

 

Every wave that hits the shore

Every book that I adore

Gone like a circus

Gone like a troubador

Everlasting love, forever more

 

Everlasting

Everything

Oh nothing could mean anything

At all

 

Oh I know this might sound sad

But everything goes both good and the bad

So it all adds up and you should be glad

Everlasting love is all you have

 

Everlasting

Everything

Oh nothing could mean anything

At all

 

Everlasting

Everything

Oh nothing could mean anything

At all

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Fists capsized

 

Drowning slow

 

Underneath the ocean floor

Deeper down

 

 

This happens to all dead weight

 

We may as well be made of stone

 

 

The deepest well

 

 

There's a dream down a well

 

There's a wish down a well

 

Hmm.

 

 

For I'll Fight - going from memory now, but is it grandchildren far and near?

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