Composer: Cathal Coughlan
Artist: Cathal Coughlan
Year: 2002
Album: The Sky’s Awful Blue

Intro
 
Cm7 
Verse 1
 
Fm 
 
Cm7 
(2x)
 
Cm7 
To any soul that cares I breathe, I am the drunken  
Gm 
hangman
Cm7 
My disgrace great as was the power I laid to rest in  
Gm 
quicksand
Cm7 
They used to send for me by car, assign me spacious  
Gm 
quarters
Cm7 
Had all the whisky I could drink, had but a single  
Gm 
order
 
Abmaj7 
And I stood in this world alone and those who paid me hated me
Abmaj7 
The heart inside me like a stone, this man you never want to  
Dm 
see
Verse 2
 
Cm7 
My clients did not know me long, in wooden rooms stood  
Gm 
trembling
Cm7 
The final one I barely touched, for I was barely  
Gm 
standing
Cm7 
A warder strangled him instead, it took him seven  
Gm 
minutes
Cm7 
That warder looked at me, enraged, and said “Your life is  
Gm 
finished”
 
Abmaj7 
And in the boarding houses, since I toast my age with lemo
Dm 
nade
F 
Recent memories are few, there’s just a single fragment of one  
E 
day
Chorus 1
 
Abmaj7 
The wonder of her smile
Gm7b5/F 
There in the silent kitchen
Gdim 
Woman, angel, child
C7/E 
In the pale light, mixing
 
Abmaj7 
The wonder of her smile
Gm7b5/F 
One bright winter’s morning
Gdim 
And the time stood still
 
C7 
 
A 
 
C7 
 
F#7 
Verse 3
 
Fm 
 
Cm7 
(2x)
 
Cm7 
”What does this mean?” I gasped in joy, imagining re
Gm 
demption
Cm7 
She glanced away and squinted back, in vexed incompre
Gm 
hension
Cm7 
She said “Why must it be explained? I’ve taken nothing  
Gm 
from 
 
you
Cm7 
I was just smiling at the day, and you’re that  
Gm 
drunken 
 
hangman.”
 
Abmaj7 
She left the boarding house, human and unmoved and so com
Dm 
posed
 
A  
F 
world of feelings gaped at me as cancers stirred in all my weary  
E 
bones
 
I  
Ebmaj7 
felt now what I’d feared to know – unselfish love at far too late an  
Dm 
hour
F 
I will not be lonely, though, as ridicule and anguish mark my  
E 
brow
Chorus 2
 
Abmaj7 
The wonder of her smile
Gm7b5/F 
Skin opaquely gleaming
Gdim 
Her long arms draped down the back of a chair
C7/E 
Standing proud in the dusty air
 
Abmaj7 
The wonder of your smile
Gm7b5/F 
May good fortune bind you
Gdim 
To its deathless heart
C7/E 
May those you desire see you as I do
 
Abmaj7 
And I will strain and ache
Gm7b5/F 
Til my light’s last dimming
Gdim 
For that gaze which said
C7/E 
”Here I am … here I am …”
Outro
 
Eb7 


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