Steam Powered Stories (album)
The Cog Is Dead
01 - Steam Powered Stories (Intro) "Now, ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves for fantastic factories, amazing airships, and other mechanical marvels, in this week's exciting episode of 'Steam Powered Stories!'" C F Gather round now, everyone here C G Hear of incredible things F C We'll tell you the stories of people we've met G C And creatures with clockwork and springs As we've sailed through the tunnels of time Spreading our message in songs We've seen many wonders and heard many tales Of future and times now far gone G C Stories powered by steam F G Stories that need to be told G C Won't you lend us your ears F G As the adventures unfold G Cogs flying (???) G And workers in quarries G Both sadness and glory G In Steam Powered Stories C F G C Stories run best on steam 02 - Blood, Sweat And Tears Verse: Am E Some time ago in the city run solely on steam E Am The power plant workers would rise and stick to routine Dm Am Breakin' their backs 'til their work shirts were dirty and brown E Am As year after year, they'd work for the good of the town Am E As parts would get old, these men would make the repairs E Am Changing out axles and belts with meticulous care Dm Am Working their hands to the bone and slaving away E E They'd press on with diligence and as they strained you could hear them say, Chorus: Dm "With our blood, sweat, and tears Am And the grinding of gears E Am We shall slave to keep our beautiful city alive! Dm "Yes, with blood, sweat, and tears Am And the passing of years E Am We'll expend ourselves so our fair people may thrive!" One afternoon Frederick Worthington clocked into work He went to his station not knowing the danger that lurked He pulled on the lever to start up the massive machine But deep in the workings was something he had not foreseen The pistons were pumping as pressure began to accrue And suddenly one of the tanks had to give, and it blew Frederick was knocked back into an assortment of gears And there in an instant he came to an end with his GREATEST FEAR! And with blood, sweat, and tears And the grinding of gears This disaster happened in front of our terrified eyes Yes, with blood, sweat, and tears In his premature years Frederick met his unfortunate, wholly untimely demise So with blood, sweat, and tears We must face what we fear And although it's tragic, and everyone's sad that he's gone With our blood, sweat, and tears We return to our gears This city still needs us to work, so we must carry on With our blood, sweat, and tears And the grinding of gears We shall slave to keep our beautiful city alive! Yes, with blood, sweat, and tears And the passing of years We'll expend ourselves so our fair people may thrive! 03 - Loverboy Verse: G Oh, Loverboy! A That woman's heart is not a toy D Don't play with her affections G Or falsify her joy G Just settle down A You better stop running around D G Or soon you're gonna wind up down six feet underground Loverboy! I know your girl is pretty coy She don't deserve this treatment From such a callow boy But she'll catch on You're gonna miss her when she's gone You think you're pretty clever But she'll be out by dawn Chorus: С7 (She's so pure and) G Shows such deep affection C7 (All you do is) G Try to please yourself C7 (If you fail to) G Go the right direction A D I may have to beat you down myself Loverboy! Your actions make me so annoyed You better stop at once before her spirits are destroyed So cut it out 'Cause this is not what love's about Well you'll regret your actions I know without a doubt Loverboy! What happened to your prior joy? Your lady learned the truth And now she moved to Illinois? You'll take no wife Now say hello to pain and srife And welcome a disease that you'll be carrying for life Oh, Loverboy! Yeah, Loverboy! You've finally been discovered, boy! Congratulations, Loverboy! Yeah, Loverboy! Oh, Loverboy! Your wandering days are over boy Loverboy, that's right! 04 The Copper War Intro: Dm C Bb A Verse: Dm C Verdigris Patina was a peaceful little town Bb A The home of Wilbur Redpot, finest coppersmith around Dm C He was famous for his products, as they sold extremely well Bb A Competitors were livid as their business income fell Dm C Now, Alexander Copperplate, a man from out of town, Bb A Declared his gang was coming soon to shoot poor Wilbur down Dm C The town was in a panic, they knew something should be done Bb A Dm And they had till morning sun! Chorus: Dm Bb So saddle up your steam-bike and put your goggles on F A We've got to be prepared or else we'll all be dead by dawn Dm Bb Copperplate is coming, and his eyes are seeing red, Bb A Dm And he's after Wilbur's head! The townsfolk got together and they figured out a plan They knew they'd have to do their best to save their fellow man And, though they had no weapons, they all had a lot of brains: They'd build machines to leave their villain in a world of pain! So Wilbur brought the copper, old Frank supplied the steel; Bob and Sue had extra chains, and Tommy brought the wheels; They knew they'd have a chance with these, they knew they'd win the fight, And they worked all through the night! So saddle up your steam-bike and put your goggles on We've got to be prepared or else we'll all be dead by dawn Copperplate is coming and his eyes are seeing red, And he's after Wilbur's head! Verse III: (1 semitone upper) D#m C# Well Copperplate arrived at dawn, he stayed true to his word B A# But the town was deathly silent, not a soul was to be heard He yelled out, "Redpot! Come on out, and fight me like a man!" And that was when the churning and the chugging sounds began An army of the townsfolk soon poured out into the street Each of them on steam-bikes, and they all were packing heat They had his men surrounded, there was fear on every face B A# D# And they put them in their place! Chorus: D#m B Power up your steam-bike, let's show 'em who's in charge F# A# We've got our ropes and grappling hooks and weapons to discharge D#m B Copperplate is panicked and his face is turning white B A# D#m And we're gonna win this fight! That's right! Let's go! Now power down your steam-bike, we finally took 'em down We strung 'em up and licked 'em good and ran them out of town Verdigris Patina is a peaceful town once more And we won the Copper War! Hyah! 05 - Aimee Intro: Bb D Gm Eb Gm F Bb Verse: Bb Eb Bb Eb A girl sweet and pure like no other Bb Em F With dreams just as big as the sea Bb Eb Bb Eb You left for exploring the ocean Gm F Em But I wish you would come back to me Chorus: Bb F Eb Aimee, please come home Bb F Eb You're out there all alone Bb D Gm Eb Submarines are just machines Gm F Eb But I am flesh and blood Gm F Eb Machines can't give you love So you sail through the weeds and the coral In your cold underwater seacraft And I hope you enjoy your adventure But I pray that you'll soon change your plans Aimee please come home You're out there all alone Submarines are just machines But I am flesh and blood And I can give you love Aimee please come home You're out there all alone Submarines are just machines But I am flesh and blood And I will give you love We'd just like to take this time to remind our listeners that tonight's program is sponsored by Sampson's Soap! If you're looking for the strongest soap around, don't be a dope! Buy Sampson's Soap! And now, back to the program. 06 Let Me Be Your Man Intro: S S S S Q S S S S E. S E E E E H E||---------------------------3-|--3--3--5--6--7--------| B||--5-5---5------4-4---4-----0-|--0--0--0--0--0--------| G||--5-5---5------4-4---4-----0-|--0--0--0--0--0--------| D||--5-5---5------4-4---4-------|-----------------------| A||-----------------------------|-----------------------| E||-----------------------------|-----------------------| Verse: C A Honey, I've known you for quite a while D G My heart gets all aflutter every time I see you smile C A Darlin', won't you let me hold your hand D G C And say that I can be your man Baby, what you see is what you get I don't have any secrets though I've got a few regrets But, if you give me half a chance Then maybe I could be your man Chorus: A D Every night I'll read to you from the holy word G C Before I pray I'll talk to you so all your thoughts are heard A D I'll scrub the toilet and I'll wash the dishes in the sink G G I'll even rub your feet each night (No matter if they stink) Sweetheart, I am not a perfect man But I give you my word that I will do the best I can So, tell me that you'll understand And say you'll let me be your man Here we go! Oh yeah Honey, I would hate to make you blue And it's the case maybe, perhaps, I'm not the man for you But, if you're thinking that I am Then baby let me be your man Say you'll let me be your man I would love to be your man (Be your man) 07 Mechanical Menagerie Intro: E A D B Verse: E A There's a place D You've got to go B It's better than E A West End show A A brilliant man D Has built machines B More wonderful E Than you could dream Amazing robots on display In London town this saturday The Mechanical Menagerie So step right up and see Chorus: E A Look at all the animals D B E A robot lover's fantasy come true A Every one's mechanical D B E In this splendid automated zoo Wondrous sights Will fill your eyes A clockwork crow That really flies And metal monkeys That climb trees See tick-tock tigers And bionic bees Wind-up wombats walk the ground Astounding works are all around The Mechanical Menagerie Is quite the place to be Look at all the animals A robot lover's fantasy come true Every one's mechanical D B F#m In this splendid automated zoo Bridge: F#m F#m B B "Ladies and gentlemen, step right up and behold, the most amazing animatronic creatures ever created! From the steam-powered swan to the gear-filled gorilla, this is truly a sight to see! You don't want to miss it!" Look at all the animals A robot lover's fantasy come true Every one's mechanical In this splendid automated zoo Bring the wife and kids along Creatures truly marvelous to see Something here for everyone At the new mechanical menagerie 08 The Depths Below Verse: Cm There's an ancient legend An oceanic tale Fm Cm G An underwater monster not a fish and not a whale Cm It isn't quite a creature It isn't quite machine Fm Cm G Cm And you won't know what hit you 'til you hear your crewmen scream! Down below the ocean It's waiting in the dark When there's stormy weather it will tear your ship apart Its tentacles are massive Its teeth are made of steel You may call it myth, but I assure you that it's real! Chorus: Fm Cm G Cm When the waves come rolling in, and lightning fills the sky, Fm Cm G Cm All the sailors know that the leviathan is nigh! Fm Cm G Cm If he grabs onto your boat, he'll never let you go Fm Cm G Soon you'll join a thousand ships he's sent to the depths below! A body made of metal But with a living brain Survivors who have told of it have all been called insane But many ships have vanished They've gone without a word Perhaps the stories that these sailors tell aren't that absurd! So if you sail the ocean Stay always on your guard Or you may wind up lifeless when that monster hits you hard He'll wrap himself around you You'll wish that you weren't born So if this beast attacks you please don't say that you weren't warned! When the waves come rolling in, and lightning fills the sky, All the sailors know that the leviathan is nigh! If he grabs onto your boat, he'll never let you go-- Soon you'll join a thousand ships he's sent to the depths below! When the waves come rolling in, and lightning fills the sky, All the sailors know that the leviathan is nigh! If he grabs onto your boat, he'll never let you go-- Soon you'll join a thousand ships he's sent to the depths be... One, two, three, four ... low! 09 Time Machine Intro: A C#m A C#m D F#m D E Verse: A C#m It isn't easy watching you fade away A C#m To see you growing weaker day by day D Your face is so pale F#m And your energy's drained D E It's hard to admit that soon your life won't remain I won't accept that there isn't a cure It must be somewhere and I'll find it I'm sure If modern science can't provide what you need Then I'll find the year that will let me succeed Chorus: A C#m D And I'll build a time machine for you I swear F#m E A I'll save your life somehow C#m You will stay with me D My love F#m E A So please don't leave me now It's complicated trying to build this machine I'm making something that the world's never seen But darling I promise that I won't let you down I swear I won't stop until the remedy's found A few more rivets and the bolts fastened tight I think that I might have it ready tonight So just hang in there, darling try to be strong I'll find what you need, I won't be gone very long And I built this time machine for you I swear I'll save your life somehow You will stay with me My love So please don't leave me now So I built this time machine for you My dear I didn't let you down You'll be safe with me My love And I'll protect you now... 10 The Inventor's Daughter Intro: A D E A A D E A Verse: A D I once knew a girl with a heart of gold E A Two legs of copper and arms of chrome A D The prettiest girl I ever knew E A I loved each rivet, bolt and screw Shiny locks of wire hair And copper plating everywhere There was no doubt she had to be The one and only girl for me Chorus: E A But she was the daughter of a mean old man, E A An inventor who just wouldn't let her go E A And though his creation had grown fond of me, D E His continual responses told me no So we made a plan to elope that day We packed our kisses to the far away I went to her window late that night And she was ready for our flight I was happy as I could be When she wrapped her tiny metal arms round me And with a propeller sticking from her head We switched it on and fled! But her father was a crazy man And he didn't want to let us get away He was able to pull us from the sky that night With a powerful magnetic ray So he took my girl from me And shunned me for eternity He locked her up inside a room As cold and awful as a tomb And though I am consumed with rage I know that man is up in age And soon as he is finally dead Then she and I will wed! La, la, la la la La, la la la la la la La, la, la la la La, la la la la la la La, la, la la la La, la la la la la la La, la, la la la La la la la la La la la la La la la la La "We interrupt this broadcast to bring you breaking news. At approximately 2:05 PM this afternoon, an English clockmaker by the name of Hamilton revealed to the world a new kind of clock. This sick, twisted design displays the time digitally on a small backlit screen and is run entirely on electricity. Hamilton predicts that this new abomination is the way of the future, and believes that someday these hideous creations of his will be in every home in the world. It is with deep regret that we announce to you, dear listeners, that the cog is dead. We repeat: The cog is dead." 11 The Death Of The Cog Verse: Cm Fm Oh, Mr. Hamilton, what have you done? Cm G Look at this terrible trend you've begun! Fm Cm You make me sick, you contemptible dog, G Cm I blame you for the death of the cog! Clocks used to be such magnificent things Beautiful sprockets and dazzling springs But you gave the people your digital beast And in turn now all gears are deceased Chorus: Fm Cm How things have changed from when I was a boy! G Cm Clockwork would tick and would bring me much joy Fm Cm But, with your advent, there's no need to wind G Cm Everything charming has been left behind! Oh, Mr. Hamilton, you dirty fiend Your modern timepiece is cruel and obscene! I was a lover of gears great and small They all were my friends and you've murdered them all! Aaaahhh... How could a person commit such a crime - To murder immaculate keepers of time? Why should a person so foul get away? Hamilton, you're gonna pay! So, Mr. Hamilton, just watch your back Hide all those digital clocks on your rack They'll soon end up smashed to bits in a bog Because you, you, you, you, YOU Caused the DEATH OF THE COG! Aaaahhh... 12 I Want Only You Intro: C F G Ja C F G Up to the top C F G That's right C F G Here we go Listen up, now Verse: C F G C Little lady I see you sitting there in your flower garden F G C You looking so pretty reading underneath that chestnut tree (So fine) F G C I think your goggles and parasol are quite a combination F G Why don't you let me come over and keep you company Chorus: C F G I want you to know C You're the kind of girl for me F G I need you to know C You're the only one I see F G I must let you know C And nobody else will do F G Cause I want only you C You better believe it's true! Let me take you around the village in my locomotive I promise I won't get any soot upon your lovely dress (I swear!) I am a gentlemen you can trust me that I have pure motives But you have taken my heart so girl I must confess Here we go, then I want you to know You're the kind of girl for me I need you to know You're the only one I see I must let you know And nobody else will do Cause I want only you Now blow that horn! Sounds good Listen what I say! Girl you so fine, madame won't you be mine You got me mesmerized wit your brass goggles' shine And a little golden locket with a key and a lock Your look is so amazing from your hat to your socks Now I'm sure you don't believe I'm feeling love at first sight But that's the reason that I'm asking you to join me tonight We going one then two then three then four Soon you gonna fall in love with me for even more! I want you to know (To know) You're the kind of girl for me I need you to know (Dat's right) You're the only one I see I must let you know (Is true) Nobody else will do Cause I want only you One more time I want you to know (Listen up now) You're the kind of girl for me I need you to know (You now) You're the only one I see I must let you know (Just you) Nobody else will do Cause I want only you Only you 13 A Letter to Michelle Well, the time has come for the final story of the evening. Let's listen in as inventor Thomas Livingston prepares to set sail for adventure in a brand new flying machine! Intro: C E Am F |x2 Verse: C F It was spring of 1890 Am G Thomas Livingston had built a new machine C F And he planned to see the world Am G Flying everywhere to places yet unseen Am When the day to set sail finally arrived F He hugged his son and he kissed his wife C G And set off on the journey through the sky Am And the first few months went just as planned F They were leaving Rome for Amsterdam C G When a pirate vessel caught them by surprise Pre-Chorus: Am Well, panic broke out E On that ship F C Cannons fired and bullets ripped Am Though Thomas stood firm E In the fight, F G He feared he'd have to write: Chorus: C E "Dear Michelle, I won't be coming home Am I'm drifting out across the clouds F Into the great unknown C E "There's no way I'll ever make it back Am It's vast out here, and I have veered F So very far off track "Please look after Jim And take good care of him Oh, Michelle, I know you will raise him well "I wish I could return But now you'll have to learn To carry on when your family man is gone" As the pirates waged their war Thomas tried to fight and counter their attacks But the fiends had them outnumbered And a gunman shot his first mate in the back Well they picked off his men, one by one There was nothing they could do, and there was nowhere to run And it wouldn't be long 'til the scoundrels shot them all Then with one final blast that shook the ship Thomas Livingston's vessel took a critical hit And down his mighty craft began to fall And Thomas then thought of his miss He couldn't let her know he went down like this He wrote a letter to Michelle, As down his airship fell: "Dear Michelle, I won't be coming home I'm drifting out across the clouds Into the great unknown "There's no way I'll ever make it back It's vast out here, and I have veered So very far off track "Please look after Jim And take good care of him Oh Michelle, I know you will raise him well "I wish I could return But now you'll have to learn To carry on when your family man is gone "Please look after Jim And take good care of him Oh Michelle, I know you will raise him well "I wish I could return But now you'll have to learn To carry on when your family man is gone" 14 - Steam Powered Stories (Outro) "And thus concludes another week's episode. But you may be wondering: Did the letter ever reach Michelle? Is this really the end of Thomas Livingston? Well, dear friends, to find out the answers to these questions, and many, many more, tune in next week for another astounding episode of... G 'Steam Powered Stories!'" C F G C Stories run best on steam! F Am Bb Girl, it's a 90's R&B song C F So I wanna make looooooove to you! Am Bb 90's R&B song, C Yeeeeeaaaaaaaaaa [spoken:] No, no, no, no, we'll have none of that, thank you!