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THE FIRE
by Dave Bidini and Martin Tielli


Intro:  F    Fsus    F   Fsus  F  G   Am   G      C


C
Do you recall the fire? The night when you were sick?
     Dm                 G               C
You waved your arms and shouted to your father, "Fire, quick!"
                               Dm            G              C
You won your first reward, the salty singing sweet of sugar sores.

Am               C

C
That house is where we lived till 1986.
    Dm                 G               C
I'd surfed on waves of apprehension. Ameliorate the wind.                           
C                   Dm                 G               C
Apologize for snow. In the place where winter hates to go.
Am                  C          Am           C
The jagged sandy breeze. The insect sucking trees.
    Am             C                   G  
The cigarette butt beach rat camper van. (You're going nowhere.)
C
No one saw me leave, when I was 23.
Dm                 G                  C
I left for reasons almost spoiled by telling everyone.

The windows were his eyes.
   Dm            G            C
The sound of TV, talking suffocating mother's cries...
Am                C       Am                   C
Now I will not be told. Exploited, tricked, or sold.
       Am              C          G
You'll burn before I'm old.

F                                    F                   G
I'm a tree that poisons paper. I'm a river that is angry as it's wide.
F                 G                  Am          G                           C
Is there nothing left to save here? Will we ever know until it...

C
I made the journey home. The house sat as it was.
Dm                     G                   C
I wrenched the sill and raped the vinyl. A rough and weathered door.
C
The cellar drunk on fuel.
Dm                         G               C
The smoke that rose like silver threading spool.
C
I hate the way you live.

I hate the way you are.
Dm                G                       C
I walked into the towering fire from side to side it swayed.
C                           Dm                 G                      C
Beyond the warmest warm the ceiling kissed the walls that kissed the floor.
Am                C          Am         C
The orange of the light. The sepulchral white.
   Am              C          G
The day exploding night.

F                                      F                     G
I'm a tree that poisons paper. I'm a river that is angry as it's wide.
F                  G               Am           G              C       Am
Is there nothing left to save here? Will we ever know until it dies?

F            G              Am                                 Em
                         
                           e---------------------------------------------
                           B---------------------------------------------
                           G---------------------------------------------
      (riff 1)             D--------------------------------------------- X2 
                           A--0-----2------3------2----------------------
                           E-----------------------------3----------0----
    C
e-------------------------------------
B-------------------------------------
G--9----7--------7------------------  (riff 2)
D------------10--------9-------------
A--------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------

[riff1 then riff 2] thrice then:

e----------------------------------------------
B-------------------7----8----7--8------10-
G---9--7----9-------------------------------
D--------------------------------------------- (riff 3)
A--------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------

F                                      F                     G
I'm a tree that poisons paper. I'm a river that is angry as it's wide.
F                  G               Am           G              C     Am
Is there nothing left to save here? Will we ever know until it dies?
C     Am
dies....

F             G                   C
+++++++++++++++++++++

MAIN RIFF                                                  Fsus chord
e----------------------------------                       e ----0-----
B--1----0------------0-------------                       B ----0-----
G-------------2--------------0-----                       G-----2-----
D----------------------------------                       D-----3-----
A----------------------------------                       A-----3-----
E----------------------------------                       E-----1-----