Broken Ladders to Glory
Intro E A repeat 2X
When the day is done, we'll get out of here
When the race is run, and the coast is clear
Jump a sinking ship, grab a falling leaf
I'll place a smoke ring round your yellow finger,
And a rose in your teeth.
And we'll go climbing broken ladders to glory
F#m D B
Climbing broken ladders to glory.
When the faithful doubt, feel the rafters shake.
Feel our souls wear out, and our laces brake.
You're my ravaged nun, I'm your greasy priest.
Playing taps upon a battered toy trumpet,
Until the lock's released.
Interlude E A repeat 4x
F#m D F#m D B as in chorus
When the beast is crowned, we'll be at the dance.
You in your tattered gown, me in my underpants.
I will turn to salt, you will turn to sand.
We'll get blown across the cracked linoleum,
Out to the promise land.
When the day is done, we'll get out of here...
When the day is done, we'll get out of here....
Notes from pruittj
This is a really easy, but fun song to play. The A and the E are the only chords used for the verses. I like to play these very melodic and flowing, with a "pluck-pluck-strum down-strum up" style. I use my thumb and first finger for the plucking, and then my first finger for the strumming (I never use a pick) This song uses a 4/4 time signature, so there are four counts per measure, hence the "pluck-pluck-strum down-strum up" style. You'll also play that four times for each chord thay you play, so you'll do the "pluck-pluck-strum down-strum up" thang four times before you change to the next chord (during the verses). The other three chords, F#m, D, and B, are only for the chorus. They are all bar chords using the first finger of the left hand as the bar. They're very easy chords to get used to. I like to use the bar chording to give the chorus more of an edgy feel....and I tend to play to chorus using the top strings of the chords to give it a deep, darker, mysterious sound. (The F#m chords starts the chorus out with a dark sound, I think it sounds especially good acoustically) I use only a strumming right-hand techniques for the chorus because it's easy to stop the sound of the chords by simply letting up on the bar. This helps to give it an edgy sound. When I play the B at the end of the chorus, I usually strum slowly downward to give an effect to the "ry" of the word "glory", and also to smoothly transition to the next verse.
Copyright 1994 Twitchen Vibes Music/B-1 Music/Chenka-Chenka Music/Word Music ASCAP
Transcription by pruittj http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Stadium/2000/secretscripts0.html
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