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Delta Spirit - Ballad of Vitaly

for me the best song of the new album, true, moving story

Tuned down a half step


   G  C   G  (picked)


G             C         B7          Em
In the German sky there once was a plane
C            G               D/F#              Em
It carries 71 children and their mothers to spain
D/F#                            G
Well this plane was sure something
B7                        Em
It was full of young Russians
C        G            D/F#         Em
Proudly to gander at topics discussin'
D/F#          G        B7            Em 
Now Pete the Swiss was doublin' shifts
C          G        D/F#               Em
Jugglin' the iron controlled by his lips
D              C               D/F#           Em
Not a minute too soon children fell to their doom
C                G           D/F#           Em
Struck dead in the air, orphan a father or two
D                    G       C          G
He just laid in the alley Now orphan Vitaly 
C            G    C              G
met a young girl married her quickly
C                G    C                      G
Was so damn in love that they had their two kids
C           G   C                   G
Had a great job; construction in Spain
C                     G       C                    G
They were going to see Papa from Caucasus mountain range
C             G           C                  G
Now that damn Swissman crashed them into a plane
C                      G
I will find where he lives
C            G    C                    G
Speak to his face with the blood in my eyes
       D/F#              Em
He will see            my pain

D            G
Many weeks passed
D/F#           Em
For fear of a suit
C                  G      D/F#         Em
The airline said nothin, Vitaly turned blue
D                    C
For the killing they done
B7           Em
No apology made
C                    G        D/F#            Em
Is it 'cause we are Russian you treat us this way
D                         G    B7         Em
Through a friend that he new Vitaly found Pete
C                G        D/F#         Em
He came to his doorstep expecting to speak
D                   C
But Pete blew him off
D/F#                          Em
Threw down the pictures Vi brought
C              G       D/F#         Em
Pictures of the 3 most important he lost

       D    G   /F#  /E  G
As the pictures fell down
D/F#             Em
Re-enacting the day
C            G            D/F#        Em
Vitaly's eye blackened no human remained
D                     G
Well so much can be said
C                   G
For a man in his shoes
C                     G                D/F#         Em
There's no glamour in vengeance There's only this rule:
D                 C      D/F#           Em
That the lives you lost can never come back
C            G            D/F#         Em
And the deed in return is worse than the act

D            C          D            Em
Blinded by love and the pain of his loss
C           G            D/F#         Em
He could not remember the act of assault
D              G              D        Em
He awoke in his room all covered in blood
C                      G            D/F#         Em
The cops they'd come knockin they knew what he'd done
D                 C         D       Em
The government leaned Vitaly was free
C                 G          D/F#         Em
They called him the hero, a man above kings
D             C        D                  Em
A shadow of man, they were praising his deed

C      G
He was alone
C                G
Killed a father of 3
C               G   C                    G
No deed that he did could make him complete
C                   G        C             G
It could have been different if only Pete said
C                  G         C           G
"I'm sorry for killin' the few joys you had"
C                G      C            G
But now there's nothin' for Vitaly to do
C             G        C            G
But step off a cliff or hang in the noose
C              G           C           G
Robbed of forgiveness that he could'a gave
        D/F#             Em
There's no man left to save 


C   G   D/F#    Em (repeat)

Later theres always this figure for Em and C


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