Chords to some Mekons/Langford songs
 From the Mekons Homepage by Nobby Knape

Fletcher Christian
Millionaire
Hard to be human again
Last dance
Big Zombie
Memphis Egypt
Club Mekon
Amnesia
Echo
As darkness falls
Lyric
100% song

 A BIG Thank you to Dan O'Connell for sending me the chords (Nobby)

FLETCHER CHRISTIAN

            D                     G
Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian
           D           A
Staring out across the sea
          D            G
Torn apart by duty's shackles
            D      A        D
The twisted tongues of loyalty

                            G
Well I sucked hard on every pleasure
        D             A
Till my head began to spin
               D                  G
He'll choose between the whip and feather
           D     A           D
And that is where his crimes begin


            G                  D
Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian
       A                    D
In paradise with the tables turned
                                    G
Yes, and I can feel the tattooist's needle
          D   A           D
I feel my neck and ankles burn

                                   G
Those South Sea isles are cold and barren
               D                  A
But this civil war's been good to me
              D                  G
Well, we took drugs and tore our uniforms
             D      A          D
And gave our captain up to the sea


            G                  D
Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian
         A                 D
Twisting off the serpent's head
                               G
For the mutiny, I'll shoot the big one
        D      A         D
Hot and hungry, far from home

                                    G
Through the sun and sea, my skin is peeling
             D                 A
But it don't make the pictures fade
                 D                     G
Those shapes and symbols, I know their meaning
              D     A             D
The shameless riches from another world

                             G
If I return, they're sure to hang me
     D                   A
So I guess, I'll have to stay
                D                   G
And if I should croak out in the darkness
            D   A            D
No one will know I've gone away.

MILLIONAIRE
A                 E

Everybody's so in love

A                       E

But they don't touch or meet

D                         E

Eyes all weeping eyes all red

D                         E

A bunch of flowers in the street

A               E                     D

I love a millionaire, I love a millionaire

D               E                     A

I love a millionaire, I love a millionaire

A                       E

The champagne was never cheap

A                          E

But I could pay someone to drink it for me

D                        E

Never rise up from these sheets

D                        E

Watching time just roll away



[repeat chorus]

A                 E

Stretching out my bones

A                    E

A million miles from home

D

Lust corrodes my body

E

I've lost count of my lovers

D

But I can count my money

E

Forever and forever



[repeat chorus]

A  E  A  E

[instrumental break]

G                                 Em

Dreaming of a creature who is too pale and large to stand

    G                            C                      D

And only feels the terror on his vain flight from earth

C                

Lust corrodes my body

D                       

I've lost count of my lovers

C

But I can count my money

E

Forever and forever



[repeat chorus]

FEAR AND WHISKEY
HARD TO BE HUMAN
G                /C           /G                  / 

Well I made a mistake when I looked over my shoulder

                  /       /C             /D

Cromwell was right behind me in the driving rain

    G             /        /C             /G  

I came out of the bathroom looking for my ticket

      /G        /D           /C     /G

It's hard to be (hard to be) human again



........................................................................................

THE LAST DANCE
     C            F      C     G

The dance floor's nearly empty now

C    F          C

Everyone's gone home

C          F          C     G

We're fragmented and broken up 

     C        F       C

Like love affairs



  C       F       C       G

And as I see you for the first time

C          F        C

Something whispered

C       F         C     G

Looking at you in desperation

C        F            C

Knowing nothing ever happens



    Am           G        F

I wanted to say fall in love

    Am           G        F

I wanted to say fall in love with me

    Am           G        F 

I wanted to say fall in love

D

   It'll be alright





So beautiful, you were waltzing

Little frozen rivers all covered in snow

All fragmented and broken up

Oh, well, I guess it's time to go



VIOLIN RIFF (as played on guitar)

      C       F          C       G          C       F          C     

e---------------------------------------------------------------------------/

B-----1---3-1-------------------------------1---3-1----------------------/

G--2-----------2---0----0-----2-----------2---------2-----0----0----2----/

D3--------------------3-----3---3-------3--------------------3----3--------/

A---------------------------------------------------------------------------/

E---------------------------------------------------------------------------/

Correction: Last Dance is wrong on the chorus - should be Am G F X3 then D



........................................................................................

The Edge of the World BIG ZOMBIE
        G                   D                  A               D

e-0-1-2-3-33-333-2-1-0-------------------------------------------------/

B---------------------------3-33-333-2-1-0---------------------3-33-333/

G----------------------------------------------2-22-222-1-0-------------/

D------------------------------------------------------------4----------/

A-----------------------------------------------------------------------/

E-----------------------------------------------------------------------/



D

I drove east but I didn't go home

         A                                   D

I just drove out past the false front neon signs

D

Great double trucks rumbling on the coast road

A                      D

I'm just not human tonight



G                

Well they're just restless

G

They're just like you

      D                             A

They want to take the car out and drive somewhere



D

Pardon, merci

     G

Je suis le gran zombie

A                      D

I'm just not human tonight



Bridge:



F                  C                  G

People falling down on their knees



F                               C                     G       A

Watch the night crash down upon their ears.



........................................................................................

         Honky Tonkin PRINCE OF DARKNESS
      C    G                Am

And now he is the prince of darkness

     C         G                     Am

He holds old friends in such high esteem

    C      G            Am               F

He sees a red town and wants it painted black

         C            F          C    

For the Catholic girls  at Halloween





Well he said to me, I've waited seven years

And I am a very patient man

After all those things that you've gone and done

I still need someone to tell



His pleasures were a mystery to us all

You'd never see him out after dawn

In a German seaport town, he takes his coffee in the red light

And now he is the prince of darkness



FILL RIFF - last 6 notes below optional before 1ST, 2ND, 3RD lines

before C chord

  C           G           Am 

e-------------------------------------------/

B-------------------------------------------/

G-------------------------------------------/

D-------------------------------------------/

A3-33--333----------------0-00-0000----0020/

E--------------3-33--333--------------33----/



ALTERNATIVE: C scale fill staring 2 beats earlier than above riff

(this isn't exactly what jon plays live, a couple of notes are

different, but I can't figure them)

   C            G        Am 

e---------------------------------------/

B-------------------------------------01/

G-----------------------------------02--/

D--------------------------------023----/

A3-33--333--------------0-00-003-------/

E---------------3-33--333---------------/



........................................................................................



Mekons Rock n Roll
MEMPHIS, EGYPT
  E 

e

0--12--11-9---11-9-7-7---0---12---11-9---11-9-7----7---5---4---2---0----/

B0---------------------------------------------------------------/

G1---------------------------------------------------------------/

D2---------------------------------------------------------------/

A2---------------------------------------------------------------/

E 0---------------------------------------------------------------/



E

Destroy your safe and happy lives before it is too late

E

The battles we fought were long and hard

                                     B

Just not to be consumed by rock and roll

              E (insert above riff here)

Rock and roll





Capitalismos, favorite boy child, we must apologise, 

Up in the rafters a rope is danglin', 

Spots before the eyes of rock n' roll... 



We know the devil and we have shaken him by the hand, 

Embraced him and thought his foul (stinking) breath was fine perfume 

Just like rock n' roll... 



East berlin can't buy a thing

There's nothing they can sell me, 

Walk through the wall no pain at all 

I'm born inside the belly of rock n' roll... 



It's something to sell your labor for when hair sprouts out below, 

The microscope on that secret place where 

We all want to go, it's rock n' roll. 



........................................................................................

CLUB MEKON


G-G--------------DDDDDDDG-G

G-G--------------DDDDDDDG-G



G         /D       /            /G      /G        /D       /         

/G                  

e------------------------------------------------------------------------------/

B------------------------------------------------------------------------------/

G------------------------------------------------------------------------------/

D--------------0-------0--------------------------------0------0---------------/

A------------2---2--------2-02-0----------------------2---2------2-02-0-------/

E03330333------------------------333-----03330333-----------------------333---/



C        /       /       /           /G          /C       /D     

/G       

e------------------------------------------------------------------------/

B------------------------------------------------------------------------/

G-------------------------------------------------------------------------/

D---------------------------------------------------0-----0--------------/

A-3333----3333----3333----3----3------------------2---2-----2-02-0-------/

E-------------------------------------03330333---------------------333---/



GG              GG                       

When I was just 17                

GG                    CC

Sex no longer held a mystery

GG             DD          

I saw it as a commodity          

      G          C          D        G

To be bought and sold like rock and roll



G          D

Day by day I plunged deeper

                 G    

Into a world of cheap sensation

                      C

This held a great attraction more me

D             G

And I dreamt of  my own club



CCCC                 CCCC

And when I danced,   And saw you dance         

CCCC              C           C 

I saw a gambling room in the back

      G                   C

With prostitutes skilled in the art

     D                   G

Of tango lies and exploitation





My club is open to all 

The brightest lights you ever saw 

The darkest corners for having fun 

Happy faces no questions asked 



Late one night the club was heaving

I saw a vampire move across the floor 

Old and white with a silver cane 

Lusting for youth through the mirror 



And when i danced and saw you dance 

I saw a world where the dead are worshipped 

This world belongs to them now they can keep it, 



I live alone and I walk the dark edge 

Of the shoplights shadow, 

In each display a private hell

Name your price you're up for sale. 



........................................................................................

AMNESIA
INTRO

e-5-2-0-----5-2-0---/

B--------2----------2/

G---------------------/

D---------------------/

A---------------------/

E---------------------/



BASS RIFF

e---------------------------------------------------/

B---------------------------------------------------/

G---------------------------------------------------/

D-------------------------------------0-2-0-------/

A--------------------------------0-2--------2-0---/

E5-3-0-5--------5-3-0-5----3--------------------/



A                                                                    G 

It was a dark and stormy night and the ship was tossing on the open seas

A                                                                           

C 

Rolling and tossing and turning in the bunk, the first mate, the bossun

and me

A                                              G

>From Bristol to the Ivory Coast, then on to Jamaica

A                                                                      D 

Down in the hold there is no sound, we're bringing rock'n'roll to







(chorus breaks in 1 bar early with last word of verse)

   D



   Bless my soul what's wrong with me

     C

I forgot to forget to remember



The king of England waits in exile in the crack fields of Bolivia

The Burning White House, the Shining Path, back to reconquer Americay

Eric Burden stunned in Mississippi on the Animals US tour

Mardi Gras Indian segregation, 1964



Up the river wah wah throbbing heavy artillary 

Blackface painted floodlit jungle gringo military 

Any old army high on drugs fighting that rock n' roll war 

Truth justice and Led Zeppelin heavy metal marine corps 



........................................................................................

ECHO
G (intro)

G                             C

The road up to the past has long be closed

                      G

And what is that path to me now

                          D

And echo that could not keep

C                                G

   A bloody slab, a bricked up door

      

The crystal clearness of that summer morning 

Ttwo lines of sulfate sparkled on the glass 

The same thing happened with that echo 

As with what happened in my heart                              



I'll take a free ride on a wooden horse 

That's going round and round and up and down

Don't ask me to give up my Polish dream

I ought to know just who I am



Honey I'm an expert in having fun

But it seems to me like you've just had a wake

I'll sing all night I'm a loaded gun

The rich rise early and the poor sleep late



Right doors won't open but the wrong one's do 

Why waste time waiting just walk on through 

Take this pill and wash it down 

It'll bring out the beast in you 



The road up to the past has long been closed 

And what is that past to me now 

An echo that just could not keep 

>From bouncing off a bricked up door 

(Multiple repeat on below notes 12,10,8)

           C                     G                    D     

C              G

e15-14-15-12-----------15-14-15-10-----------15-14-15-10-----8-----12-10-12-8 

------/

B----------------------------------------------------------------/

G----------------------------------------------------------------/

D----------------------------------------------------------------/

A----------------------------------------------------------------/

E----------------------------------------------------------------/



........................................................................................



AS  DARKNESS  FALLS


     C            F           D        

G                                            

e3-1/-----------0-31-1-1-1-0---------------------/

B---/1----1-3-----------------3-33-31-0---------/

G---/----------------------------------------0------/

D---/------------------------------------------------/

A---/------------------------------------------------/

E---/------------------------------------------------/

     C

Why must you speak so loudly

      G

While I am on your mind

    D                                           

My caution's lost to vengeance 

         G

As you snore



     F            E     D 

Now I'll cut out your tongue

       E        D   C  

Cause you have said enough

           F              E    D 

Watch the blood drip down the wall 

              C     

As darkness falls



(With above riff)

C-------------/F-----------/D----------/G-----------

C-------------/F-----------/D----------/G-----------



It took seven days to catch that man 

Who's stolen from me twice 

Seven hours of questioning and calls 



Now i'll cut off your hands 'cos they have gone too far 

Watch that ring roll down the hall as darkness falls 

  D                               G

see the (little) children outside playing 

hear their voices                 sing 

flowers in my hair and            pockets 

swinging on that                  swing 



C

will you take a taxi? 

G

will i make you walk? 

D                G

we make big decisions every day 



i'll chop off your head 

your thougts have all turned bad 

make you bend and make you crawl as darkness falls 



i'll pluck out your eyes 

'cos you have seen too much 

you know you should be ready when (as) darkness falls 





........................................................................................

The Curse of the Mekons
LYRIC
Em   /G   /Am   /C   /G   /D   /Am   /G   /

Em          G  

I said yes, I said no, 

Am           C

I said ask again

G                  D     

They've called a snap, 

Am               G

last judgment

Em                             G

The weight of this room was impossible to assess

Am                   C

Strange attractors, letter of the alphabet

G                     D

I was shaking like a fruit tree

Am             G

Casting apples to the ground





Em               G            Am

Where do murders go man

G                       D               C

Who's to doom when the judge is up for trial

Em        G      Am

I cannot tell a lie

G         D         C

I cannot tell the truth



100% SONG (live guitar based version)

    EEDD/CC      CC       CC      CCBB AA    AA     AA    EEDD

e-------/--------------------------------------------------------------/

B-------/--------------------------------------------------------------/

G-------/--------------------------------------------------------------/

D-------/--------------------------------------------------------------/

A7-7-5-5/-3-3-----3-3------3-3------3-3-2-2---------------------7-7-5-5/

E-------/-------3--------3--------3-----------5-00-5-00-5-00--------/



  CC    CC      CC       CCBBAA          DD        DD      DD       EEDD

e------------------------------------------------------------------------------------/

B------------------------------------------------------------------------------------/

G------------------------------------------------------------------------------------/

D------------------------------------------------------------------------------------/

A3-3----3-3------3-3-----3-3-2-2-5-5------5-5------5-5-----5-5------7-7-5-5/

E------3--------3--------3------------------5--------5--------5--------5----------/

(G can be played in place of B below)

CC            CC           CC        CCBBAA

This is a simulation of a song

    AA             AA            EEDD 

are you ashamed or what?

CC       CC          CC        CCBBDD

here is cruelty so strong

    DD          DD   EE DD 

cruelty without beauty



in your country you have nothing,  Jesus walking in the garden; 

a paradise of violence we'd like to thank him for this song

a paradise of nuffink,  we'd like to thank him for these beers

how come you taste so good? we'd like to thank him for our careers

(thank you Jesus)

a writhin and a moanin, dig him up and ask forgiveness

just like money coming back again         assembled on the ground like a

man

you can't have too much money, he's the monster from Loch Ness

no you can't have too much money in a halo and a dress



F

people working all day long the wind and water are singing

G where the naked are tied

now they're going out from tip to toe

F stroking delicate skin

to join us all in our song 

G

for the industry of night