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    Fires of Edinburgh

    Nick Keir

     

    Here's a Guitar Pro file with tabs for the arpeggio parts.

     

    Capo 1

     

    Chord Guide

          21  34

    G:    320033

           1   34

    G/F#:  2x0033

            12 34

    Em7:   022033

           2  34

    G/C:  x30033

           1  34

    G/B:  x20033

            12 34

    Em7/B: x22033

              134

    Dsus4: xx0233

            21 34

    Cadd9: x32033

     

            D     U   U D U

    Strum:  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

     

     

    Intro (w/arpeggios): 

    / G - - - / G/F# - - - / Em7 - - - / G/C - - - / G/B - - - / G/C - - - / - - - - / x2

     

    (w/arpeggios)

    G (3)

       Along the Canongate an old man wanders

                                      G (½)           G/F# (½)

    He mumbles stories of vanished golden age

    Em7                                             Em7/B

        When heroes walked along the plainstone canyons

    G/C                                             Dsus4

         And drank the claret while the revolution raged

     

    G (3)

        Up the Westport there’s a young girl dancing

                                                  G (½)        G/F# (½)

    She’s flaunting everything and turning men to stone

    Em7                                             Em7/B

         Down through Lauriston an old hack stumbles

    G/C                                               Dsus4

          She’s roaring drunk and roaring home alone.

     

    Chorus:

                 G

    And the fires of Edinburgh

    Cadd9                   Dsus4 (½)     G (½)         Cadd9 (½)         

         Lighting up the sky when the light goes down

           G

    The tales of Edinburgh

    Cadd9                     Dsus4 (½)     G (½)      Cadd9 (2)

            Gathering the years of a     darkened town

     

    (strum):

    G (3)

         Along the Forth I saw a swift tide running

                                        G (½)         G/F# (½)

    With ease of dairy in the far and promised land

    Em7 (2)

       He spent a fortune on a pirate’s gamble

    Cadd9                                           Dsus4

       And stumbled homeward with an empty bloodstained hand

     

    G (3)

       Down the Cowgate where a great fire thundered

                                                  G (½)      G/F# (½)

    Through empty catacombs that never can be found

    Em7 (2)

         A trail of gunpowder that leads to Mary

     Cadd9                                Dsus4

         The Casket Letters and a troubled crown

     

    Chorus

     

        G (3)

    I heard a distant drumbeat

                                      G (½)    G/F# (½)

    Footsteps scurrying across an   empty square

    Em7 (2)

         The mob was shouting for a quick rough justice

    Cadd9                                       Dsus4

        The rope was stolen but the price was fair

     

    G (3)

       And down below where daylight never ventures

                                            G (½)     G/F# (½)

    A small hand touches sleeve as     you pass by

    Em7 (2)

        A million souls who live died unnoticed

    Cadd9                                    Dsus4

        And now remembered in a young girl’s cry

     

    Chorus

      

    G (3)

       And even I remember gas lamps hissing

                                                      G (½)    G/F# (½)

    The one man band who stumbled down a cobble street

    Em7 (2)

        The echo of an old retreating army

    Cadd9                                           Dsus4

         The drums of war with one resounding beat

     

    G (3)

        The fog that choked the town, the smell of sulfur

                                       G (½)    G/F# (½)

    The lonely whistle of a roaring black-night train

    Em7 (2)

        The ghosts that pressed against the windows howling

    Cadd9                                    Dsus4

        Wait in the shadows to be seen again 

     

    Solo:  Play Intro Progression Once

     

    (w/arpeggios to end):

    G (3)

       Along the Canongate an old man wanders

                                      G (½)           G/F# (½)

    He mumbles stories of vanished golden age

    Em7                                             Em7/B

        When heroes walked along the plainstone canyons

    G/C                                             Dsus4

         And drank the claret while the revolution raged

     

    / G/C - - - / G/B - - - / G/C - - - / - - - - /    End on G


    This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.