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    Mariner's Revenge, The

    by The Decemberists
    [Am] We are two mariners, our ships' sole survivors
    In this belly of a [E] whale
    Its ribs our ceiling beams, its guts our carpeting
    I guess we have some time to [Am] kill

    You may not remember me, I was a child of three
    And you a lad of [E] eighteen
    But I remember you and I will relate to you
    How our histories inter- [Am] weave

    [F] At the time you were a rake and a rousta- [Am] bout
    [F] Spending all your money on the whores and [E] hounds, [F] oh [E]

    [Am] You had a charming air, all cheap and debonair
    My widowed mother found so [E] sweet
    And so she took you in, her sheets still warm with him
    Now filled with filth and foul [Am] disease

    [F] As time wore on you proved a dead-ridden drunken [Am] mess
    [F] Leaving my mother a poor consumptive [E] wretch, [F] oh [E]

    [Am] And then you dissapeared, your gambling arrears
    The only thing you left be- [E] hind
    And then the magistrate reclaimed our small estate
    And my poor mother lost her [Am] mind

    [F] Then one day in spring my dear sweet mother [Am] died
    But [F] before she did I took her hand as she dying [E] cried, [F] oh [E]

    [Dm] "Find him, bind him
    Tie him to a pole and break his
    [Am] Fingers to splinters
    Throw him to a hole until he
    [Dm] Wakes up naked
    Clawing at the ceiling of his [E] grave" [F] [E]
    [Am G Am G Am G Am]

    [Am] It took me fifteen years to swallow all my tears
    Among the urchins in the [E] street
    Until a priory took pity and hired me
    To keep their vestry nice and [Am] neat

    [F] But never once in the employ of these holy [Am] men
    Did I [F] ever once stir my mind from the thought of [E] revenge, [F] oh [E]

    [Am] One night I overheard the prior exhanging words
    With a penitent whaler from the [E] sea
    The captain of his ship who matched you toe to tip
    Was known for wanton [Am] cruelty

    [F] The following day I shipped to sea with a [Am] privateer
    And [F] in the whistle of the wind I could almost [E] hear, [F] oh [E]


    [C] There is one thing that I must [G] say to you
    [C] As you sail across the [G] sea
    [Am] Always your mother will watch [Em] over you
    [F] As you avenge this wicked [E] deed"

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    And [Am] then that fateful night we had you in our sight
    After twenty months at [E] sea
    Your starboard flank a beam, I was getting my muskets clean
    when came this rumbling from [Am] beneath

    The [F] ocean stirred the sky went black and the captain [Am] quailed
    And [F] before us grew the angry jaws of a giant [E] whale, [F] oh [E]

    [Am] Don't know how I survived, the crew all was chewed alive
    I must have slipped between his [E] teeth
    But oh what providence, what divine intelligence
    That you should survive as well as [Am] me

    It [F] gives my heart great joy to see your eyes fill with [Am] fear
    So [F] lean in close and I will whisper the last words you'll [E] hear, oh

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