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Cobalt Blue
(Vic Chesnutt)
Lyrics taken from the Co-Balt album liner notes
Music transcribed by: Scott Holcomb
    G              D              C               G
The sky went papal purple as they started plowing forth
     D                  C                                       G
They gunned it over the grapevine they gave it all it's worth
          G             D                C               G
When they glided to the valley floor the dark was like a blanket
          D                 C                                 G
That they pulled over their heads both crazy and complacent
          C               D                   C                   G
They were hurtling toward something that they didn't understand
   C               D               C                    G
Propelled out of a past that was beyond their command

       D     G Bm                C
Cobalt blue,      when they were through
       D     Eb               G
Cobalt blue,    what did they do

G                   D         C               G
Dust was like magic sprinkled settling on the dash
   D          C                                        G
As his hand finally found and pushed aside her pants
     G                 D              C                        G
They struggled like constrictors they snapped together tight
       D      C                                 G
They moved in concert instinctively and right
     C                D         C                    G
'Til big ripples of vibrations erupted from within
    C             D             C                         G
The middle of the both of them, shook their foundations

       D     G Bm                C
Cobalt blue,      when they were through
       D     Eb               G
Cobalt blue,    what did they do

G                 D                  C                           G
Flew from that fragrant forest funny soaring through the night
       D               C                                     G
With a sizzle that was certain to short-circuit and ignite
       G             D           C                     G
It was fuel for speculation calculations conjured up
        D           C                         G
And the energy released was like some opium
     C            D      C                    G
They used their euphoria like a force-field
   C                    D           C                G
To shield them from the future from the inevitable

       D     G Bm                C
Cobalt blue,      when they were through
       D     Eb               G
Cobalt blue,    what did they do

G                     D            C                G
   How smoothly power shifted from night into day
D              C                                    G
Morning didn't break so much as it did infiltrate
          G           D                 C                      G
They were dirty and delirious they were damn near out of gas
        D                 C                                   G
So they took a truckstop exit in the shadow of mount shasta
         C                  D              C                     G
And over eggs and toast and coffee they conversed convincingly
   C                    D          C               G
Convinced of their good fortune conspiratorially

       D     G Bm                C
Cobalt blue,      when they were through
       D     Eb               G
Cobalt blue,    what did they do

G         D         C                    G
   Simple slingshot old "sink or swim"
D            C                                     G
Ending was entirely dependent on their invention
G              D           C                    G
   It wasn't wrong of them   if that's what you think
D                     C                                      G
   They did what they had to do they acted out of instinct
       C       D           C                     G
It was   human nature that bound them together
C                    D         C                      G
   They performed precisely as mathematics dictated

       D     G Bm                C
Cobalt blue,      when they were through
       D     Eb               G
Cobalt blue,    what did they do

       D     G Bm                C
Cobalt blue,      when they were through
       D     Eb               G
Cobalt blue,    what did they do


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