King’s Crossing

as played live June 9, 2003 at Northsix, Brooklyn, NY

standard D tuning capo 8 (sometimes played live as low as capo 5)

riff (played with pinky while playing either C or Em)

Em   022000  C/G 332010
G    320003  D   xx0232
Am   x02210  Em* 022003
C    x32010  C*  x32013
D/F# 2x0032

Em  C/G  G  D  Am /B /C

Em Em* Em  C riff G  D  Am /B /C

Em                          C/G   
the king's crossing was the main attraction
G           D            Am     /B /C
dominos are falling in a chain reaction
    Em               C/G
the scraping subject ruled by fear
        G             D           Am  /B /C
told me whiskey works better than beer
    Em                   Am          C/G
the judge is on vinyl, decisions are final
    G      D        Am    /B /C
and nobody gets a reprieve
    Em    Em*  Em C*
and every wave is tidal
                          G     D      G  /F#
if you hang around you're going to get wet
Em                        Am             C/G         G  D  Am /B /C
i can't prepare for death anymore than i already have
Em          Em* Em    C*
all you can do now is watch the shells
    G          D          G      C/G
the game looks easy thats why it sells
G                    D 
frustrated fireworks inside your head
          Em                C/G    
are gonna stand and deliver dark instead
    G                  D
the method acting that pays my bills
        Em                 C/G
keeps a fat man feeding in beverly hills
        G                      D
i got a heavy metal mouth that hurls obscenity
      Em                    C/G
and i get my check from the trash treasury
          G                   D   /F#
because i took my own insides out
Em                    Am      C/G
it don't matter cos i have no sex life
    G           D         Am        /B  /C
and all i wanna do now is inject my ex-wife
Em            Em* Em      C*               G  D  Am /B /C
i've seen the movie and i know what happens
     Em                    C/G  
it's christmastime and the needle's on the tree
  G          D             Am           /B /C
a skinny santa is bringing something to me
Em               Em* Em           C*
his voice is overwhelming but his speech is slurred
      G         D           G     C/G
and i only understand every other word
G                       D
open your parachute and grab your gun
/F#  Em                    C/G
flow down like an omen, my setting sun
G                 D
read the part and return at five
       Em                        C/G
it's a hell of a roll if you can keep it alive
            G                      D
but i don't care if i fuck up, i'm going on a date
/F#    Em               Am         C/G
with a rich white lady, ain't life great?
G                              D    /F#
give me one good reason not to do it

Em riff  C/G  G  D  Am  /B /C

Em  Em* Em C riff G  D  Am /B /C

Em                      C/G
this is the place where time reverses
G        D               Am     /B  /C
dead men talk to all the pretty nurses
Em          Em*   Em   C*
instruments shine on a silver tray
      G         D        G
don't let me be carried away
      G         D        G
don't let me be carried away
      G          D/F#     Am
don't let me get carried away

One thought on “King’s Crossing”

  1. like you said, this song is played in several different keys live but do you know what key the piano is in on the recorded version?

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