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Fake Hotel

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TAKE ME AS I AM (Walker) Capo 4: G | D | Em | C Bass: B | F# | G#m | E G You’ve got to build the walls before you break them down but your D Em C habits are holding strong and the light is fading slowly on the shiny G quiet street, it’s yellow and it’s down A pale imitation, like that smile you shared with the guy at the station and he thought you touched your hair and thought about you there and I said… Take me as I am or don’t take me at all So you held your ground when the moon was high and you felt the ceiling change and your stories had more meaning when you heard the heavens calling, You gotta write them down You can be a man at 20 or a boy at 35 Sit on the hill for a while watch the moon go down and take a little time
Which Way Do You Wanna Run (Walker) D to D/B through the verse groove You take your bread on a Sunday, it’s a wonder you don’t choke On the other six days when you drink a cup of hypocrisy. Sitting in the same spot, singing all the same words C G C G D When you seek what you’re told to find, you will get what you deserve A G A G You gotta spend time on the mirror man, to get your paradise in the sun, D C G D Times for the taking, beds are for faking, which way do you wanna run? Your intent ain’t no good at all when your back’s up against a cold stone wall and every word feels like it’s turned until you just lie down and say nothing at all. These lessons are so profound they pick me up, they drop me down, almost help me to put away the faces of the unforgivers, the metaphor readers, the bottom feeders, the five dollar Sunday givers, filling up their spiritual parking meters.
SAILOR’S TATTOO (Walker) Capo 4th Verses: Em variations (Em7/Em6) to a Cmaj9 She’s thinking no He’s saying yes Money shaker with the whiskey breath Two dead lovers washed to sea She got the worst of him He took the best of me The pills are gone the blinds are down She knows the sun but she don’t know how A She don’t know how Chorus: G G/F# Am She walked in the room like a sailor’s tattoo, C D Slowly fading, lines have blurred from black into blue G G/F# Am There ain’t nothing she wouldn’t do when she closed the door, C D Em It is one it is all you will get what you asked for Hollow smile, take the show The love runs out when the hour goes She dies a little every night One more time to pay off all the lines Leaves at dawn, she got no more, drains the bottle curls up on the floor
Fisherman 02:57
FISHERMAN (D Walker/M Stanley/G Hunt/J Edgar/R Melville) INT: C | C(add G#) | F | G (similar for chorus) C Em Am G C The bottom of a coffee cup, is a good time to stop Em Am G And question all that’s been over this long year You know that I went way down and I nearly drowned In a sea of wine and bitter tears Chorus: I was your fisherman and you waited for me, in our shack by the sea And the children cried and wondered why you were so sad (And I never came home) The start of a cigarette is a good time to forget, why my pen ran out and when the music stopped And I put it all on you, reflected what I knew, To be my own failings Bide my time while I’m sailing
Darken My Door (D Walker/G Hunt/M McNeilly) Intro: Am | C | G G D Am Time shows that the deadliest foe will meet us in the grey still afternoon, a change is coming soon. G D Look under rocks and peek behind trees, a falling star is waiting on the phone, I’ll find my way Am back home C G C G C I’ll follow you there I’ll follow you down, I’ll chase you to the edge of D town, I’m sorry that I ever G called you friend. Clattering tractors and dirty old sheds, through the window’s my unmade bed, what’s he done and where’s my family gone? He sits in bitterness and drinks in shame, it’s easier to find someone to blame, when you’re a million miles away. I’ll follow you there I’ll follow you down, I’ll chase you to the edge of town, I’m sorry that I ever called you friend. I’ll follow you up, I’ll follow you back, all you’ve done you can’t take back and you’ll never darken my front door again. He fell asleep on the couch one night I put a beer in one hand, a lit cigarette in the other – one life for another. I went along to the cemetery, tried my best to look contrary but I smiled, ‘cos I watched him die.
Free Road 03:50
FREE ROAD (Walker) Intro: C | Dm | Em | F | G (Single note rundown - G, F, E, D) C Dm Throw me down this jar of clay G C C/B Am And drain this quart of blood I borrowed for today Dm G Tomorrow's only just a thought, yesterday's a hidden word   F C So you do your thing and I'll do mine F G Despite what you say F C C/B Am I'll roll down that free free road  C G C There’s no one to blame And I think I'll head back home, to that place I haven't been to for so long, Where the pavement turns to dirt, memories are burned Then I'll walk those empty halls, where the highway melts and fades into the shore And the people turn to light, and say goodbye, to all they know  then they'll all line up for the show.
SMOKE AND MIRRORS (D Walker/G Young/M Smith) G They moved to the coast about five years ago, C G set up in a shack set back from the road. He was a junkie spat out by St Kilda, C G She was a dancer who waltzed her matilda And they had a baby who was plagued by their vices, C G A baby that came to pay the price for them, their lot, the cost of neglect, F C G That child was an albatross hung about their neck. C G C G Salt in the blood, life grows thinner C D G He makes the smoke, she breaks the mirror. Sound of the waves from over the road, she don’t like the feel of sand between her toes. He stays at home cos he can’t leave the green that grows in the place where the neighbours can’t see. The days are all screaming and yelling and anger, the nights are all TV, bourbon, pills and ganja That poor child is crying remembering soul He just ignores her, she’s passed out cold Sleep without dreams Days are no clearer He makes the smoke, she breaks the mirror. [Middle Section in D, finishes on a Bb over D] Early next morning the baby awakes Crawls through the mess and into the day Moves through the lounge room where they’re fast asleep Wisp of a memory, voice from the deep Heads out the door to the crashing of waves into a peace that they can’t take away She said, she was my angel I’m not to blame I loved her so much now she’s gone away Summertime white Hot road shimmer He makes the smoke and she’s just another generation that don’t get any nearer  He makes the smoke, she breaks the mirror
Fake Hotel 03:54
Fake Hotel (Walker) Dropped D tuning. E G D It’s a living from what you get, it’s a life from what you give, so I’m told E G D It’s the way you walk your talk and the crosses on your slate when you get old F# E D I’m so tired of moving air in this fake hotel We grind our nose and hide away, shadows of your buildings hide the poor These cards and cars and cabarets are calling all the lepers to the door I’m so tired of moving air in this fake hotel F D He walks in circles down a tired moon F E Whispers in brands to an empty room F E There’s only one review, lights are turning blue D Lonely  Controlling minds they keep us dry, holes to fill, like falling to embrace Defended in a paper spell, watching walls they hide the open place
CONSORT OR THE QUEEN (Walker) Two days of radio silence and it’s eerily quiet I take comfort in the blissfulness of my ignorance We had a brief encounter, a step back melodrama That resolved itself in a kind and gentle way, or maybe it was just because there was nothing left to say. Chorus: I still feel, a thousand miles away from you Although it’s only five minutes in an automobile I’m quivering with freedom, but the moment keeps on leaving like remembering a dream in the morning. I tried to walk away from all that we have made I tried to make something out of nothing And I can’t say I’ve failed, even though it looks that way We ran before we crawled and we walked before we cried And I wouldn’t have wanted it to happen any other way And I’m carrying the burden of my own expectation I’m holding these three wounded hearts in my hands and It’s all I’ve got to show that I took the time to understand There’s something I gotta ask you and I hope that you’ll come clean - I won’t paint you into a corner when you’re working on being serene Will you be my consort or will you be my queen?
Take Me Home 03:23
Take Me Home (D Walker/M Iles) Verse: F# | C# | G#m Pre Chorus: B | G#m Capo 4th fret D A Em Never fall like cane when the money's out D A Em Waiting for the tune D A Em Your eyes will say what your mouth can't speak D A Em When you're reaching for the news G Em Help me now G Em Help me make it right G Em Read the lines  G Em Then you let them out While you watch them fading slowly Take Me Home Like the slow ball and chain on the midday show Take Me Home I know you're there but I won't ever go You turned off the lights when the door was closed The only thing to do You came right back to let me know The signs were far and few
When You Stop Moving (D Walker/M Stanley/G Hunt/J Edgar/R Melville) He had a life in bed, shutters closed the mind saw red Living on sugar and rock and roll He never answered the phone, too many memories shattered and gone Waiting for a dawn that forgot to come In a long lost life, he had it all on the edge of a knife, taking the high road to the sun Chorus: Now the smiles and candles are gone And the things he loved are disconnected, if only he’d said Tomorrow’s just the today you were worried about yesterday and when you stop moving, you’re a stone An ill wind came to the door, back in the spring of 94, took the wine and the women, forgot about the song. And I was holding a space, in a scavenger’s parade. And when you stop moving, you’re a stone.
Cannonball Creek (D Walker/M Iles) In E Take me down the nine mile road Over cannonball creek Where the Gypsies live the real life and the locals are the freaks. 1: Did you see what happened there? 2: Under the bridge down there 3: There be a murder down there 4: She was floating face down Take me down the nine mile road, Through the pouring rain You’re the one who found her and you’re the one they blame Take me down the nine mile road Bury me in the drain You’re the one who found her and you’re the one they frame


released February 8, 2016


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