Mourning Flies (Sheaffer & Railroad Earth)

First played

February 21, 2004

Last played

November 24, 2017

Times played

320

Lyrics/Notes

Capo 3rd fret

Am G
what were you dreaming?
Am
that made you sweat
G
soaking wet
Am
in a fever?

Am G
dark wings circling
Am
slowly around
G
slowly around
Am
slowly around

Am G
what grip held you?
Am
tossed & turned you
G Am
tossed & turned you?

Am G
where were you going?
Am
carried away
G
carried away
Am
& calling?

C G
oh . . then mourning flies
C G
the fields awake & come alive
C
darkness goes
G
the crows appear
F
the scurrying squirrel
G
the apple tree deer
C G
the sun fills our bed
F G
the sun fills our bed

Am G
some cloud’s caught us
Am
trouble all around
G
trouble comin’ down
Am
Upon us

Am G
six wings circling
Am
slowly around
G
slowly comin’ down
Am
upon me

C G
oh . . then mourning flies
C G
the fields awake & come alive
C
darkness goes
G
the crows appear
F
the scurrying squirrel
G
the apple tree deer
C G
the sun fills our bed
F G
the cats walk our head

F
they were on my chest
D
it was a funny feeling
G
they had a map of my heart
E Am
pulled pieces & parts & flew away
F
the birds were on my breast
D
it was a funny feeling
G
they had a map of my soul
E Am
dug for the coal & pulled it out

F
will you ever know?
D
i’ll be right there with you
G
i have a map of your heart
E
the pieces & parts
Am F
to make it whole again

C G
oh . . ‘til mourning flies
C G
the fields awake & come alive
C
darkness goes
G
crows appear
F
the scurrying squirrel
G
the apple tree deer
C G
carry me through
F G
i’ll carry you

C G
tell me where have you been?
F G
tell me where
C G
tell me where have you been?
F G C
tell me where have you been?

*Chord progression interpreted by a Hobo. The songwriters have made no representation regarding accuracy. Chords depicted on songs showing the use of a capo are the open chord shapes.

Interview by Tyler Devin Curtis w/ Todd >
http://shakedownblog.com/2010/02/01/my-interview-with-todd-sheaffer-about-mourning-flies/

Shows played

2004-02-21 Mexicali Blues
2004-03-18 Chameleon Club
2004-03-20 Harper's Ferry
2004-03-28 Suede
2004-04-06 The Little Fox
2004-04-09 Moe's Alley
2004-04-17 Paramount Night Club
2004-04-25 River Street Jazz Cafe
2004-05-01 Vassar College
2004-06-11 Crash Mansion
2004-06-12 Funk Box
2004-06-19 Stella Blue
2004-06-23 SoHo
2004-06-24 The Independent
2004-06-25 Knitting Factory
2004-06-29 Palms Playhouse
2004-06-30 Catalyst
2004-07-01 Rios
2004-07-04 High Sierra Music Festival @ Plumas-Sierra County
2004-07-06 Suede
2004-07-08 Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom
2004-07-09 Ranch Bowl
2004-07-15 Party in the Park
2004-08-13 Floyd Fest @ Floyd Fest
2004-08-15 Doug's Cabin porch
2004-08-26 Crocodile Rock
2004-08-27 Knowlton Riverfest
2004-09-09 Newport Music Hall
2004-09-11 Chameleon Club
2004-09-15 Starr Hill Music Hall
2004-09-16 Lincoln Theatre
2004-09-17 Neighborhood Theatre
2004-09-18 Blue Ridge Harvest Festival @ Cherokee Farms
2004-10-01 Theatre of the Living Arts
2004-10-02 Mexicali Blues
2004-10-15 First Harvest Festival @ Mad River Center For The
2004-10-16 First Harvest Festival @ Mad River Center For The
2004-10-20 The Handlebar
2004-10-23 Magnolia Festival @ Spirit of the Suwannee Music P
2004-10-27 Gypsy Tea Room
2004-10-28 Radio appearance
2004-10-28 Threadgill's World Headquarters
2004-10-31 Orpheum Theater
2004-11-03 KPFA 94.1 FM Studios
2004-11-05 The Independent
2004-11-11 Aggie Theatre
2004-11-12 32 Bleu
2004-11-13 Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom
2004-11-19 The Annex
2004-12-04 River Street Jazz Cafe
2004-12-09 Revolution Hall
2004-12-10 Harper's Ferry
2004-12-30 Mexicali Blues
2009-01-03 Penn's Peak
2009-01-23 Boulton Center For The Arts
2009-02-27 Cat's Cradle
2009-03-20 Lantern Music Hall
2009-03-31 The Cabooze
2009-04-10 Antone's Nightclub
2009-04-28 Roxy Theatre
2009-05-02 The Fillmore
2009-06-05 Wakarusa Music Festival
2009-09-06 The BellyUp
2009-09-10 The State Theater
2009-09-25 The National
2009-09-29 The Plaza Theatre
2009-10-27 Mr. Small's Funhouse Theatre
2009-11-20 Fox Theatre
2009-12-30 Crystal Ballroom