Birches Bill Morrissey Key=Bb [Capo 3 - Play like G, Bm, Am, C D] [These notations are used below. G=Bb, Bm=Dm, etc] [G]They sat at each end of the couch, and [Bm]watched as the fire burned down. So [Am]quiet on this winter's night, [walk] Not a [C]house-light on for [D]miles around. Then he [G]said, "I think I'll fill the stove. [Bm]It's getting time for bed." [Am]She looked up. "I think I'll have some wine. How 'bout [C]you?" she asked, and [D] he declined. [G] "Warren," she said, "Maybe just [Bm]for tonight, let's [Am] fill the stove with birches and [C] watch as the fire [D] burns bright. [G] How long has it been? It's [Bm] been quite a while. [Am] Pour yourself half a glass and [C] stay with me a [D] little while." And [G] Warren, he shook his head as if [Bm] she'd made some kind of joke. [Am]"Birches? On a winter night? [C] No, we'll fill the [D] stove with oak. [G]Oak will burn as long and hot as a [Bm] July afternoon. [Am] Birch will burn [C] itself out by the [D] rising of the moon. [G] And you hate a cold house same as me. [Bm] Am I right or not?" [Am]"All right, all right that's [C]true," she said [D]"It was just a thought." Then she said,[G]"Warren, you do look tired. Maybe [Bm] you should go up to bed. [Am] I'll take care of the wood tonight." [C] "Oak," he told her. [D] "Oak," she said. [G]She listened to his footsteps as he [Bm] climbed up the stairs. Then she [Am]pulled a sweater on her and [C] set her wine glass [D] on a chair. She [G] walked down cellar to the woodbox. It was [Bm] cold as an ice chest. Then [Am] climbed back up with [C] four logs, each as white as a [D] wedding dress. And she [G]filled the stove and poured the wine, then she [Bm] sat down on the floor. [Am]She curled her legs beneath her, [C] as the fire sprang to [D] life once more. And it [G]filled the room with it's hungry light, and it [Bm] cracked as it drew air. And the [Am] shadows danced a [C]jittery waltz like no one else was [D] there. She [G] stood up in the heat, and she [Bm] twirled around the room. And the [Am] shadows, they saw [C] nothing but a young girl on her [D]honeymoon. And she [G] knew the time, it would be short soon the [Bm] fire would start to fade. She [Am] thought of heat, she [C] thought of time. She [D] called it an even [G] trade.