FREE Christmas Carol Songbook

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    Young Pilgrims

    The Shins

     

    / D - - - / Bb – G - /

    / D - - - / Bb – C - /

    / D - - - / F - - - / A - - - /

     

    D (x2)              Bb      G

         A cold and wet November dawn

    D (x2)          Bb        C

         And there are no barking sparrows

    D (x2)    F (x2)                   A (x2)

         Just emptiness to dwell upon.

     

    D (x2)      Bb     G

         I fell into a winter slide

    D (x2)            Bb                 C

         And ended up the kind of kid who goes down

    D (x2)                           F (x2)                    A (x2)

    chutes too narrow--Just eking out my measly pies.

     

          G             D             A              D

    But I learned fast how to keep my head up 'cause I

    G                   D         F       A

       Know there is this side of me that

    G                  D         A                   D

       Wants to grab the yoke from the pilot and just

    G                D               F (x2)    A (x2)

       Fly the whole mess into the sea.

     

    D (x2)          Bb        G

         Another slow train to the coast

    D (x2)                        Bb                 C

          Some brand new gory art from way on high

    D (x2)     F (x2)                          A (x2)

                I sink and then I swim all night.

     

    D (x2)              Bb          G

         I watch the ice melt on the glass

    D (x2)          Bb                        C

         While the eloquent young pilgrims pass

    D (x2)   F (x2)                              C (x2)            A (x2)                          

         And leave behind their trail, imploring us not to fail.

     

          G                 D         A           D

    Of course I was raised to gather courage from those

    G             D          F            A

         Lofty tales so tried and true and

    G               D   A     D

       If you're able I'd suggest it 'cause this

    G                D                          F (x2)     A (x2)

       Modern thought can get the best of you.

     

    Bm (x2)              D (x2)

           This rather simple epitaph

           G              A           G (1/2) A (x2)

    can save your hide your falling mind

    Bm (x2)          D (x2)

           Fate isn't what we're up against

                 G    A           G (1/2) A (x2)

    there's no design no flaws to find

                 G    A           G (1/2) A (x2)

    there's no design no flaws to find

     

    Solo:

     

    / D - - - / Bb – G - /

    / D - - - / Bb – C - /

    / D - - - / F - - - / C - - - / A - - - /

     

          G             D             A              D

    But I learned fast how to keep my head up 'cause I

    G                   D         F       A

       Know there is this side of me that

    G                  D         A                   D

       Wants to grab the yoke from the pilot and just

    G                D               F (x2)      A (x2)

       Fly the whole mess into the sea.

     

    D (hold)


    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.