Big Wax Hand by Cathal Coughlan

From Cathal Coughlan’s 2006 Foburg album. Written by Cathal Coughlan. No capo.

High Llamas - Snowbug

INTRO

[Em] [D] [A] (x2)

VERSE 1

Well they [Em] opened up the houses
And they [D] handed out the [A] keys
And the [Em] scribe who kept the ledger
Wore a [D] suit of painted [A] bees

[Em] [D] [A]

VERSE 2

Strangers [Em] drinking, almost youthful
And they [D] knew me by my [A] name
After months of toil and sackcloth
How I loved their fun and games

[Em] [D] [A] (x2)

And [Bm6] out there in the [Bm7] dark as I was [C#m] swaying
A [C#m7] voice said, “By your knowledge we’ll be [Bm] saved
“We [Bm6] heard about that [Bm7] quarry full of [C#m] shopfronts
It’s [C#m7] time old debts were [Amaj7] paid”

CHORUS 1

[F7] Beauty’s [Fm7] cano [F7] py [Fm7]
[F7] Raggedly [Fm7] swings in the [F7] breeze [Fm7]
[F7] Beauty’s [Fm7] golem [F7] stands [Fm7]
[Bb6] Waving his [Eb] big wax [F7] hand [Fm7]

[Em] [D] [A] (x3)

VERSE 3

For the [Em] costs of transportation
Curren [D] cy would be re [A] quired
From a [Em] factory we took some
But no [D] weapons there were [A] fired

[Em] [D] [A]

VERSE 4

And at [Em] midnight by the highway
Where they [D] stop when they break [A] down
Gave the [Em] driver all our money
Then we [D] were New City- [A] bound

[Em] [D] [A] (x2)

I [Bm6] saw the streetlamps [Bm7] blazing though the [C#m] awning
[C#m7] Bright-lit billboards prophesizing [Bm] cheer
My [Bm6] comrades they were [Bm7] shivering and [C#m] staring

No [C#m7] sounds of joy or [Amaj7] fear

[C#m7] From them did I [C6] hear

The [C#m7] madhouse soon ap [Amaj7] peared [D7]

CHORUS 2/OUTRO

[F7] Beauty’s [Fm7] cano [F7] py [Fm7]
[F7] Swinging to [Fm7] wards you and [F7] me [Fm7]
[F7] Beauty’s [Fm7] belly ex [F7] pands [Fm7]
[Bb6] Out comes a [Eb] big wax [F7] hand [Fm7]