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BLAMING THE MESSENGER

WORDS & MUSIC:   Earl P. Reinhalter


NOTE: All Aadd9 and Dadd9 chords have no 3rd.


  INTRO:  Amadd9 - Dmadd9 - E7  (twice)


          Am      Aadd9      Dm           Dadd9
      I.  Mercury trips over wings on his feet
              E               Esus4  E      Esus4  E
          and drops his baton like a cru -  ci  -  fix.
              Am          Aadd9     Dm          Dadd9
          the thermometer slips, my dreams in retreat:
                 E                    Esus4  E   Esus4 E
          ninety-eight, ninety-seven, ninety-six point six.
                Fmaj7  Fmaj7(add-5)
          I was tabula rasa
                   Gsus4      G
          become a slave to a massa.
                  Fmaj7    Fmaj7(add-5)
          you can call someone
                     Fmaj7   Fmaj7(add-5)
          to fix the weather vane.
               Am      G
          it's time to blame
              Fmaj7      Amadd9
          the messenger again.


          ///// REPEAT INTRO /////


            Am        Aadd9        Dm      Dadd9
     II.  a minute in traffic is a century late
                 E                   Esus4    E    Esus4   E
          in the glass and the steel of your  mi - cro  -  scope.
            Am       Aadd9      Dm       Dadd9
          a sympathy laugh at a minor complaint
            E              Esus4  E    Esus4  E
          becomes a report in an  en - ve  -  lope.
                 Fmaj7         Fmaj7(add-5)
          if the want ads were honest,
                     Gsus4        G
          they would do what they promised.
                     Fmaj7    Fmaj7(add-5)
          they would tell the future,
                     Fmaj7    Fmaj7(add-5)
          they would tell the truth:
                   Am              G
          you will quit, you'll be fired,
                   Fmaj7           Amadd9
          you will throw away your youth.


          ///// REPEAT INTRO /////


          Dadd9
 CHORUS:  blaming the messenger
             C           Em/B          Aadd9  (riff)
          is easier than fixing what's wrong.
          Dadd9
          blaming the messenger
          C         Em/B    F/A     A
          makes you feel so strong.
                    Bm             E
            you can say it was the messenger
            Bm       Bmsus4      E
            blame it on the messenger
            G           A
            every day I hear
                         Bm    E
            the same old song.
                      Bm             E
              you can say it was the messenger
              Bm       Bmsus4      E
              blame it on the messenger
                  G         A
              but everybody knows
                              Bm    E
              it was you all along.
                G         A (one strum)
                everybody knows
                N.C.          Bm     E
                you're what's wrong.


          //// REPEAT INTRO ////


 INSTRUMENTAL (like second half of verse):

          Fmaj7 - Fmaj7(add-5) - Gsus4 - G
          Fmaj7 - Fmaj7(add-5) - Fmaj7 - Fmaj7(add-5)
          Am - G - Fmaj7


      //// REPEAT INTRO ////


      //// REPEAT CHORUS ////


 INSTRUMENTAL:  Aadd9 (riff 4x)
                E(no3rd) (riff)
                continue riff as melody enters


          E(no3rd)  (riff continues throughout)
 ENDING:  Ivan Denisovich
          is workin' like a son-of-a-bitch.
          all the people stop to ask him why.
          Ivan Denisovich
          says, "I'm building a bridge
          over the River Kwai.
          that's why."

          (REPEAT INSTRUMENTAL MELODY OVER E(no3rd) RIFF)

          "every beam and trestle
          is straight and on the level.
          we all do our best,
          even for the devil.
          that's why."

          (REPEAT INSTRUMENTAL MELODY OVER E(no3rd) RIFF)

          (SLOW DOWN AND FADE TO FINAL CHORD)

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