The Gaslight Anthem

Changing Of The Guards

The Gaslight Anthem

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Changing Of The Guards

Capo on 2nd fret

Intro:  A 

Sixteen years, 
       A         E              F#m 
Sixteen banners united over the fields 
          D             E 
While the good shepherd grieves 
          F#m       A           E  
Desperate men, desperate women divided, 
                F#m              D  E    A 
Spreading their wings 'neath the falling leaves. 

Fortune calls. 
        A                E                     F#m 
I stepped forth from the shadows, to the marketplace, 
              D                   E                        F#m 
Merchants and thieves, hungry for power, my last deal gone down. 
              A               E                     F#m 
She's smelling sweet like the meadows where she was born, 
               D    E         A 
On midsummer's eve, near the tower. 


The cold-blooded moon. 
            A                   E  
The captain waits above the celebration 
            F#m           D       E 
Sending his thoughts to a beloved maid 
            F#m           A       E 
Whose ebony face is beyond communication. 
               F#m                               D         E       A 
The captain is down but still believing that his love will be repaid. 

They shaved her head. 
                     A               E 
She was torn between Jupiter and Apollo. 
            F#m            D            E 
A messenger arrived with a black nightingale. 
                  F#m         A                  E 
I seen her on the stairs and I couldn't help but follow, 
           F#m                               D  E       A 
Follow her down past the fountain where they lifted her veil. 


I stumbled to my feet. 
            A                  E 
I rode past destruction in the ditches 
         F#m                             D               E 
With the stitches still mending 'neath a heart-shaped tattoo. 
         F#m         A                    E 
Renegade priests and treacherous young witches 
     F#m                             D   E     A 
Were handing out the flowers that I'd given to you. 

The palace of mirrors 
          A              E 
Where dog soldiers are reflected, 
            F#m          D          E 
The endless road and the wailing of chimes, 
          F#m             A            E 
The empty rooms where her memory is protected, 
          F#m                           D        E         A 
Where the angels' voices whisper to the souls of previous times. 


She wakes him up 
                  A                 E 
Forty-eight hours later, the sun is breaking 
            F#m                D                E 
Near broken chains, mountain laurel and rolling rocks. 
                 F#m           A                   E 
She's begging to know what measures he now will be taking 
                 F#m                              D      E      A 
He's pulling her down and she's clutching on to his long golden locks. 

Gentlemen, he said, 
        A               E                        F#m 
I don't need your organization, I've shined your shoes, 
                D                         E 
I've moved your mountains and marked your cards 
               F#m                  A          E 
But Eden is burning, either get brave for elimination 
              F#m                                 D        E       A 
Or else your hearts must have the courage for the changing of the guards. 


Peace will come 
         A           E                         F#m 
With tranquility and splendor on the wheels of fire 
         D          E                         F#m 
But will offer no reward when her false idols fall 
    A              E                F#m 
And cruel death surrenders with its pale ghost retreating 
            D            E           A 
Between the King and the Queen of Swords. 

F#m    A   E 

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