I have a lot of work to do. I’m throwing an end-of-the-semester / end-of-my-comps party for English dept. friends, and they’re due to arrive in t-minus eleven hours. I’m expecting ten, maybe twelve people. I have low expectations.
So: rather than clean and go food shopping, why not try to figure out the guitar chords for an obscure song by a band I’d up until 2009 never heard of?
"Empty Shell" opening riff: G-5-4-5---|-55-4-5-|-4-3-4---|-44-3-4-:| Intro: Em G Am G (x2) Verse (lyrics assuredly misheard): Em G9* You been gettin' told there's no one there. Em G Did you ever see so many empty spaces? Em G9 I came across you on a rustic bend. Em G You used to be seen in important places. G Am Where do I go when the light grows near? G Am Down the road on a steer. G Am What will I do when the pen runs out? C I make a stop. The dogs they bark. D Away and away and away and away. Chorus: Am G (with opening riff) Empty Shell. Am G (with opening riff) I put another log on the fires of hell for you. Am G Empty Shell. Am G I put another log on the fires to feel for you. Verse: The battle is done you've lost and won. And now you look so pale and (w/m)eerie. Counting the hills till sunset comes. Lookin' at on to serve your name. I see the slopes speaking God and moms Then I wrote with him. An open cyst, that tear in his eye He found his soul, lost his heart. Away and away and away and away. Chorus Am G I put another log on the fires for fuel for you. Am G I put another log on the fires to feel for you. Intro/Outro (x2)
* That weird G9 thing is really just a G chord with probably another guitar playing a B and then sliding down to an A for the bulk of the chord’s duration. You can hear it in the song. There may not even be a chord in the background.
And hell, the song is so good I’ll even post it here:
“Empty Shell” – Vic Godard and the Subway Sect (3:55) – mp3