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From The Fatima Mansions’ 1989 Against Nature album. Written by Cathal Coughlan. No capo.

 
INTRO:

F

VERSE 1:

FA box full of groceries
FRotten clothes, she’s torn her knees
FIn the main street Dm7chill

 
VERSE 2:

She Fsleeps at night in broke-down cars
FSquirts the dreams into her arms
FShe says, “Junkie-man, have your Dm7fill.”

Well, she had C /Dfriends that went aDbroad and do not Gwrite
She says the Chardest +C7ones are Gmthose who stay beB♭hind

 
CHORUS 1:

In the Fvalley of the dead Cm7cars
They would Fend it all if they could Cm7start
They Fsent out their kids to Dm7wander the world
G7Now they can rest at Clast

 
VERSE 3:

You’re out Fscootin’ by the graveyard and you’re looking for a brave heart
FCould’ve been your lover but you said you never gave
You have to Fbe home early or you’ll get smacked ’round the head till Dm7bedtime

 
VERSE 4:

Now you Fhike the roads on your half-shod feet
You Fhump the devil, you hump the police
FCriss-cross Harlem playing hide-and-seek Dm7with death

And now she Clurches +C7off as Gmhaughty as a Gqueen
To Ctake the C7waters +Gmin old SkibbeB♭maj7reen

 
CHORUS 1:

In the Fvalley of the dead Cm7cars
They would Fend it all if they could Cm7start
They Fsent out their kids to Dm7wander the world
G7Now they can rest at Clast

 
BRIDGE:

FSo I took her back with me to my Gown true place
B♭Which was a mildewed and disintegrating Fcottage overlooking a disused waterfall
And we lay there in Gsilence, fruitless silence until B♭just before dawn when she rolled oveFr onto me

 
INSTRUMENTAL:

F++G7++B♭++F
F++G7++B♭++F

VERSE 5:

They Fcome withal in their Japanese cars
They Fknow where the good meal bargains are
FAnd they spy by the side of the road
In the twilight, rain and Dm7storm

 
VERSE 6:

She Fjuts her thumb in futile haste
ConFtempt to her is sweet to taste
The nuns told her, “Do not waste senDm7sation.”

When the Ctowns are C7all just Gmsmoking empty Gshells
She will Cstill +C7be here Gmdoing what she does B♭well

 
CHORUS 2/OUTRO:

In the Fvalley of the dead Cm7cars
At the Fmouth of a flooded Cm7mine
FI will embrace you Cm7hard
And we’ll Fwait for the sun to Cm7shine
In the Fvalley of the dead Cm7cars
(Uh Fhuh yeah Cm7well)
The Fvalley of the dead Cm7cars
(Uh Fhuh oh Cm7ho)+F