Ravens in the Library
Words & music by S. J. Tucker

 Capo ii: (sounds in Bm) 

Descants are footnoted below

 

"Caw!"

Intro: Am///  G///   D/F#///    F/ E/   (repeat as needed)

 

1. (Am)One flies in to case the joint, (C) boldly struts around

(G)Two fly in to make it Three, (Dm)laugh awhile and knock each other (F)down (F)(G)

(Am)Four flies in with a frowning walk, (C) gains a laugh from out a squawk

(G)But its Five who (Dm)owns the place, and (F)proves it (G)with a (Am)look

Stopping (G)Six and Seven (Dm)in their tracks from (F)smuggl-(G)ing a (Am)book

 

[CH1]  (G)Words within our grasp do we let (F)go?

  Do we fly (C)heavenly with the weight of (Am)what we know?

  (G)Words within our grasp do we let (Dm)go?

  Do we fly (F)heavenly with (C)what we (E7)know?  (E7su4) (E7)

 

[CH2]  (G)My friend bids me come and see

            the (Am)Ravens in the Library,

  (F)Setting quiet (G)pages (C)free

  (G)My friend bids me come and see

  the (Dm)Ravens in the Library,

  (F)Setting quiet (G)pages (C)free    (C)(C2)(E7)

 

 

2.* (Am)One for fiction, two for truth (C)Three for bikes and bathing suits

(F)Four for sci-fi (G)fantas-(C)y (E7)

(Am)Five loves art and ancient skulls (C)Six eats periodicals

(F)Seven lives in (G)poetr-(C)y  (E7)

(Am)One hangs out on the drama shelves (C)But keeps the monologues to herself

(F)Two and Three are (G)studying (C)jewels (E)

(Am)Four reads all about the Huns (C)Five won’t share the shiny ones

(F)Six and Seven (G)labor (C)all night (E)through  

 

[CH1]** (G)Words within our grasp do we let (F)go?

     Do we fly (C)heavenly with the weight of (Am)what we know?

     (G)Words within our grasp do we let (Dm)go?

     Do we fly (F)heavenly with (C)what we (E7)know?  (E7su4) (E7)

 

 

3. (Am)Hours of study flying by, (C)words soaked up by beady eyes

(G)Long debates into the night, (Dm)pages flying every (F)where! (F)(G)

(Am)Seek the language word by word, (C)like the black and clever bird

(G)Never let it bring you down, (Dm)all the things we haven’t figured (F)out 

 

[CH2]***(G)My friend bids me come and see

               the (Am)Ravens in the Library,

     (F)Setting quiet (G)pages (C)free

     (G)My friend bids me come and see

     the (Dm)Ravens in the Library,

     (F)Setting quiet (G)pages (C)free    (C)(C2)(E7)

 

 

4. (Am)Seven reads about the Gods, (Cma7)chuckles to herself

to the (F]rest she (G)never lets (C)on (E7)

(Am)Try to catch a glimpse of them, (C)bickering like mortal men

(F)feathers on (G)the side(C)walk

(G)If you heard a raven say such (F)horrible words

such as the (C)ones you may have heard in your (Am)day to day

(G)would it make you choose your (Dm)own more carefully

(F) around the (G)ones you (C)love? (E7) (E7su4) (E7)

 

[CH2]*** (G)My friend bids me come and see the (Am)Ravens in the Library,

      (F)Setting quiet (G)pages (C)free

      (G)My friend bids me come and see the (Dm)Ravens in the Library,

      (F)Setting quiet (G)pages (C)free   (E7)

 

[Tag]      (F)Setting quiet (G)pages (C)free (E7)

     (F)Setting quiet (G)pages (C)free (E7)

     (F)Setting quiet (G)pag-[G#]es (Am)free

 

(Am)  (G)  (D/F#)    (F) (E) (Am)

 

[Whispered]: Seven little ravens sitting on the shelves.

                    Who knows what they’re learning?

                    They keep it to themselves.

 

(Am)  (G)  (D/F#)    (F) (E)  caw! (Am)

 

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*Descant for v.2:

one for sorrow, two for joy, three for girls and four for boys,

five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never told.
one crow sorrow, two crows mirth, three a wedding, four a birth,

five crows silver, six crows gold, seven ravens curious and bold!

 

 

**Descant for Chorus1:

Words within our dare? Grasp what we know?

Nor do we care? Heavenly do we go?

 

 

***Descant for Chorus2:

Knitting up the 'raveled sleeve of care,

pages flying everywhere
Knitting up the sleeve of care,

pages flying everywhere