Martyn Joseph

The Mayor Of Candor Lied

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The Mayor Of Candor Lied

	  		
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F C In the little town of Candor, in the last year of my youth, G Bb I learned the final lesson of the levels to the truth. F C My father was a farmer he'd go tilling in the ground. G Bb Dm My mother was a neighbor she'd go visiting around. C But I didn't care, C Dm C For I had found the answer to a plowboy's lonely prayer. Am Dm She was the daughter of the Mayor. F C The Mayor fought my courtship, for he'd made other plans, G Bb He saw her married to a better man than a boy with farmer's hands. F C I said -- I hate your father, it's so hard not to strike him. G Bb Dm She said --You know I love you because you're so much like him. Dm C And so I'd go sneaking in the evening, Em Am F And there she'd stand a crying in the dawn as I was leaving. Dm But the Mayor of Candor lied, G When he offered me his only daughter. Dm The Mayor of Candor tried, G To take her off across the water. Bb G What a thing to do to a young man in love. Bb Dm What a thing to do to your daughter. Repeat intro F C One day with father on his tractor and mother off again, G Bb I go to find the mayor and work out what I can. F C But he is not at his office, he is not at his home, G Bb Dm When I find him in the countryside he is not alone. Dm C He is holding a woman and imagine my surprise, Em Am F As she jumps back from his arms I look into my mother's eyes! Dm The mayor of Candor lied Dm G F C All my thoughts of outrage, embarrassment and pain, G Bb Were washed away by what came roaring through my brain. F C The Mayor's at my mercy and I hear my own voice say, Bb Dm Your run for re-election, sir, is just one month away. Dm C And the world will never know of what I've seen here sir, Em Am F But I'll be with your daughter is my meaning clear, sir? Dm The Mayor of Candor lied, G When he offered me his only daughter. Dm The Mayor of Candor tried, G To take her off across the water. Bb G What a thing to do to a young man in love. Bb Dm What a thing to do to your daughter. Repeat intro F C My mother looks in horror at the compromise we made, G Bb But the Mayor's rueful smile says the piper must be paid! F C I had a month of joy in heaven from this deal I'd made in hell. G Bb Dm What was to happen then my friend a prophet could not tell. Dm C G The day after his re-election and the victory celebration, Dm The Mayor takes his family on a month long foreign vacation. Dm C Oh Sarah, you know how much I love you. Em Am There is no one I'd ever place above you. Dm C Oh Sarah, you don't even know me. Em Am F To have you there's nothing that's below me. Dm The Mayor of Candor lied, G When he offered me his only daughter. Dm The Mayor of Candor tried, G To take her off across the water. Bb G What a thing to do to a young man in love. Bb Dm What a thing to do to your daughter. Repeat intro F C The day that they return I stand waiting on the road. G Bb I watch the car drive up, I watch the passengers unload. F C Of course she isn't there. Of course, I should have known. G Bb Dm The Mayor says that she is staying. The decision is her own. Dm C He said "She's finishing her schooling on that unseen foreign shore. Em Am F And I'll tell you very frankly, boy, you'll not see her anymore! Dm The Mayor of Candor lied, G When he offered me his only daughter. Dm The Mayor of Candor tried, G To take her off across the water. Bb G What a thing to do to a young man in love. Bb Dm What a thing to do to your daughter. Repeat intro F C I spit out my hatred and my fury at his lies, G Bb When he says you tried to blackmail me you're just as bad as I! F C He says -- Go on and do your damndest boy, throw your mother to the streets! G Bb Dm You know it's been too many years I had to be discreet. F C And as he stands there saying we're just two of a kind, G Bb It hits me like a thunderbolt exploding in my mind. F C As I look into his aged, wrinkled, mirror of my own face, G Bb He laughs and sneers and says, Of course, dear son, Where do you think you came from in the first place? Dm The Mayor of Candor lied, G When he offered me his only daughter. Dm The Mayor of Candor tried, G To take her off across the water. Bb G What a thing to do to a young man in love. Bb Dm What a thing to do to your daughter.

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