• Song:

    From A Balance Beam

  • Artist:

    Bright Eyes

  • Album:

    Lifted Or the Story Is ...

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In no way did I write this. I found it on xguitar.com, and its much more accurate than
the other chords on this site. This is one of my favorite Bright Eyes songs. I was
bummed they didnt play it when I went to see em last month. Enjoy.

D                                         A
There is a man holding a megaphone, so he must have been the voice of God.
           D7                                  G
The bystanders claimed they saw angels flying up and down the block.
Well, they must have been attached to wires. I saw one laying in
    Bm             A
the lawn  with a broken arm,
           A                     D                             A
so I called 911. So that is one less founded opinion. One more cause for a dispute.
        D7                                   G
So the street filled, like a basin, up with cameras and their crews
         Gm                              Bm                                A
and they washed away the rumors leaving just the concrete truth. It was a spectacle.
             A                  D                           A
No, I mean a miracle. So then I fell like that girl from a balance beam.
     D7                        G                               Gm
A gymnasium of eyes were all holding on to me. I lifted one foot to cross the other
       Bm                             A                               A
and I felt myself slipping. It was a small mistake. Sometimes that is all it takes.
Bm                         G                               A
   Now I'm staring at my wrist, hoping that the timing is right. When the
planes will align.
                            G                             Gm
There will be no planets to align. Just the carcass of the sun
and those little painted marbles spinning endless through an endless black sky.

D              D             D            D

             D                            A
It was in a foreign hotel's bathtub I baptized myself in change.
    D7                               G
And one by one I drowned all of the people I had been.
    Gm                               Bm                              A
I emerged to find the parallels were fewer. I was cleansed. I looked in the mirror
            A                               D
and someone new was there. Still, I was as helpless as a chess piece
                 A                           D7
when I was lifted up by someone's hand and delivered from the corner my
enemies had got me in.
       Gm                          Bm                            A
But in all of my salvation I still felt imprisoned inside that holding cell
that is myself.
      D                          A                 D7
So I wait for the day when I'll hear the key as it turns in the lock
and the guard will say to me, "Oh my patient prisoner you have waited for
this day
                     A                         A
and finally you are free! You are free! You are freezing."
Bm                         G                      A
  Now I'm staring at the sun, waiting for it to explode. Because a day is
gonna come,
                            G                                     Gm
don't know when but it will come and then we will finally know the way out of here.

And I will throw away this wrinkled map and my chart of stars and compass, cracked.
And I'll climb out that tree all wet with sap to avoid the hungry beasts below.
I'll cut out my love's tongue and sing of a graveyard gray and a garden green and
then we won't have to worry no more. No we won't ever worry again abouthow this song
or story ends about how this song and story will end.

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