The Dubliners

The Sick Note

The Dubliners

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The Sick Note

verse 1 
     G                 G6             D              G 
Dear Sir, I write this note to you to tell you of me plight 
    C              G             A7           D 
And at the time of writing, I am not a pretty sight; 
   C           G                  D              Em 
My body is all black and blue, my face a deathly gray 
      G                  Em              D7          G 
And I write this note to say why Paddy's not at work today 

verse 2 
      G              G6                    D               G 
While working on the fourteenth floor some bricks I had to clear; 
        C                    G                 A7          D 
Now, to throw them down from such a height was not a good idea 
    C              G                D                Em 
The foreman wasn't very pleased, he being an awkward sod 
   G                Em                 D7            G 
He said I'd have to cart them down the ladders in me hod 

verse 3 
     G                  G6                D           G 
Now, clearing all these bricks by hand it was so very slow 
     C            G            A7               D 
So I hoisted up a barrel and secured the rope below 
    C              G            D               Em 
But in me haste to do the job I was to blind to see 
       G            Em                  D7           G 
That a barrelful of building bricks was heavier than me 

verse 4 
G           G6                D                G 
So when I untied the rope the barrel fell like lead 
    C                G             A7           D 
And clinging tightly to the rope I started up instead 
        C              G              D           Em 
Well, I shot up like a rocket till to my dismay I found 
     G            Em             D7             G 
That halfway up I met the bloody barrel comming down 

Verse 5 
          G               G6          D                G 
Well, the barrel broke me shoulder as to the ground it sped 
    C                  G                A7            D 
And when I reached the top I banged the pully with my head 
        C                      G                 D             Em 
Well, I clung on tight through numbed shock from this almighty blow 
        G                  Em              D7                G 
And the barrel spilled out half the bricks fourteen floors below 

Verse 6 
     G                     G6              D             G 
Now, when these bricks had fallen from the barrel to the floor 
  C                   G             A7                D 
I then outweighed the barrel and so started down once more; 
      C                G              D                Em 
Still clinging tightly to the rope, I sped towards the ground 
      G             Em                  D7                 G 
And I landed on the brocken bricks that were all scattered round 

Verse 7 
        G                  G6               D                      G 
Well, I lay there groaning on the ground, I thought I'd passed the worst 
         C              G                A7             D 
When the barrel hit the pully-wheel and then the bottom burst 
        C                       G             D            Em 
Well, a shower of bricks rained down on me, I hadn't got a hope 
     G                 Em                   D7               G 
As I lay there moaning on the ground, I let go of the bloody rope 

Verse 8 
    G                 G6          D                 G 
The barrel than being heavier, it started down once more 
    C              G             A7           D 
And landed right across me, as I lay upon the floor 
         C                    G               D          Em 
Well, it broke three ribs and my left arm and I can only say 
       G                Em                D7            G 
That I hope you'll understand why Paddy's not at work today 

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