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Wm Pollock's Pianobook

The Mountain Bed

Billy Bragg & Wilco

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Do you still sing of the mountain bed 
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  we made of limbs and leaves?
                                                             
Do you still sigh there near the sky 
  where the holly berry bleeds?
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You laughed as I covered you over with leaves
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face, breast, hips and thighs
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You smiled when I said the leaves 
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were just the color of your eyes

Rosin smells and turpentine smells from eucalyptus and pine
Bitter tastes of twigs we chewed 
  where tangled woodbines twine
Trees held us in on all four sides
  so thick we could not see
I could not see any wrong in you, 
   and you saw none in me

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Your arm was brown against the ground, 
  your cheeks part of the sky
Your fingers played with grassy moss, 
  as limber you did lie
Your stomach moved beneath your shirt
  and your knees were in the air
Your feet played games with mountain roots 
  as you lay thinking there

D  C Em G  D

Below us the trees grew clumps of trees
  raised families of trees, and they
As proud as we tossed their heads in the wind 
  and flung good seeds away
The sun was hot and the sun was bright
  down in the valley below
Where people starved and hungry for life 
  so empty come and go

D  C Em G  D

There in the shade and hid from the sun 
  we free'd our minds and learned
Our greatest reason for being here, 
  our bodies moved and burned
There on our mountain bed of leaves
  we learned life's reason why
People laugh and love and dream, 
they fight and they hate to die

{Solo (verse)}

The smell of your hair I know is still there,
  if most of our leaves are blown
Our words still ring in the brush and the trees
  where singing seeds are sown
Your shape and form is dim, but plain
there on our mountain bed
I see my life was brightest 
where you laughed and laid your head

D  C Em G  D

I learned the reason why man must work 
  and how to dream big dreams
To conquer time and space 
  and fight the rivers and the seas
I stand here filled with my emptiness now
  and look at city and land
I know why farms and cities are built 
  by hot warm nervous hands

D  C Em G  D

I've crossed many states just to stand here now,
  my face all hot with tears
I've crossed city and valley, desert and stream
   to bring my body here
My history and future blaze bright in me
  and all my joy and pain
Go through my head on our mountain bed 
  where I smell your hair again

D  C Em G  D

All this day long I linger here 
  and on in through the night
My greeds, my joys, my cravings, hopes, 
  my dreams inside me fight
My loneliness healed, my emptiness filled
  I walk above all pain
Back to the breast of my woman and child
  to scatter my seeds again.