Andy Shauf

My Dear Helen

Andy Shauf

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My Dear Helen


G                           C/G 
My dear helen it's been a while since we've talked. 
E5                         A5 
Charlie and i haven't been up to a whole lot. 
     C/G                          C5 
He's slowing down a little and my knee's acting up, 
           C                               Am/G 
Yeah we're quite a pair of geezers moving slower than molasses. 
         C/G                          D/A 
You'd be laughing if you saw us, you always loved to tease. 

  G                              C/G 
I dug up an old bottle of your raspberry wine, 
        E5                                   A5 
So i'm slouched out on the porch-swing just taking my time. 
   C/G                          C5 
My mind keeps turning out these pictures of you, 
         C                                  Am/G 
You were dancing in the kitchen and i was enjoying my view. 
    C/G                       D/A 
Oh charlie was squirming just two steps behind you.  

G                      C/G 
My dear helen do you remember when you said 
              E5                                A5 
That you'd be waiting at the gates so you could sneak me in? 
        C/G                            C5 
Well it sure was funny but it still caught in my throat, 
           C                            Am/G 
And when i think about it now, it still makes me choke. 
       C/G                               D/A 
And i wonder if those gates would ever open up for me. 

G                        C/G 
Helen my dear, i do have something to tell. 
  E5                             A5 
I don't know how to start so i guess i just will. 
            C/G                              C5 
See, these nights have been hot, it's that muggy sort of air. 
        C                           Am/G 
Doesn't let me get to sleep so i usually just lie there 
    C/G                   D/A 
On top of my quilt with charlie by my feet. 

     G                         C/G 
Last night as i laid there frustrated and tired, 
      E5                        A5 
I was sat up in my bed by the hens starting wild. 
           C/G                                 C5 
I thought, 'that fox is back again, he's gonna rob me blind. 
          C                           Am/G 
I don't know how he gets in but i'd better make him fly'. 
     C/G                            D/A 
So i took my leaning rifle out the door. 

  G                         C/G 
I fired off a shot aiming far into the heat. 
        E5                            A5 
And as soon as it was flying i felt weak in my knees. 
        C/G                             C5 
I heard shoes turning gravel and then tires spitting rocks. 
          C                     Am/G 
I heard a gasp for air and my stomach tied in knots. 
  C/G                              C5 
Charlie started whining with his tail between his legs. 
    C                         Am/G 
We wandered out slow but my heart was breakin' ribs. 
     C/G                                  C5 
I couldn't hear nothing and there was a girl lying twisted, 
    C                          Am/G 
My hands were trembling and i felt that she was limp. 
      C/G                            C5 
Her pulse wasn't tapping so i felt sick to my stomach. 
  C                       Am/G 
Charlie was frozen, so i went for a shovel 
        C/G                      C5 
And i buried her body, i didn't know what else to do. 
            C                                  Am/G 
If i'd only aimed a little higher if i'd only thought before i fired. 
       C/G                         C5 
I hope god can forgive me, i hope you forgive me too, 
            C                    Am/G 
I'm just a tired old man just waiting to join you. 
     C/G                        C5 
So here i am slouched on this old porch swing, 
  C                               Am/G 
Thinking about heaven, thinking about everything. 
        C/G                               C5 
So be waiting by those gates, you might need to sneak me in, 
          C                           Am/G 
I don't know how they feel about us accidental killers. 
          C/G                         C5 
I don't know how they feel about us tired old men. 
          C                            Am/G 
I don't know how they feel about us tired, old, murdering men. 

C/G  C5  

          C                            Am/G 
I don't know how they feel about us tired, old, murdering men.

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