KYRIE FOR PHILOMENA

words and music copyright ©1988 by Howard Ashby Kranz

 

G††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† D†††††† †††††††††††††††††G†††††† C G C
Bless me! so this is my old church. Itís been ten years since I last came.

G††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C†††††††††††††††††††††† D††††††††††††††††††††††† G†††††† C G C G
It seems that all the outward signs are different but the substance is the same.

D†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††C†††††
Nobody knows me here, except this old virgin, where
††† Am†† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††D
I used to sit for hours, as if praying.

C†††††††††††††††† G†††††††††††††† C†† G
Lord, have mercy.

 

G††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††C††††††††††††† ††††D†††††† †††††††††††††††††G†††††† C G C
Foggy-eyed altar boy gazed deeply into the stained glass.

G††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††C†††††††††††††††††† ††D†††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††G†††††† C G C G
Me and my holy ghost dreamed of the worlds weíd bring to pass.

D†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††C†††††
And now Iíve gone so far I donít know what the answers are,

Am†† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††D
donít even know what questions I could ask.

C†††††††††††††††† G†††††††††††††† C†† G
Lord, have mercy.


C††† D††† G††† C†† G
Kyrie eleison.
†††† (2x)

 

G††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††C†††††††††††††††††† ††D†††††††††††††††††††††† †††††G†††††† C G C
My soul canít come home here. These days my headís too clear to grieve

G††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††C†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††D†††††††††††††††††††††† G†††††† C G C G
over the displaced saints, or the dreams that I could not achieve.

D†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††C†††††
And I know myself too well; I have seen my own ways fail

Am†† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††D
again and again, and yet I still believe.

C†††††††††††††††† G†††††††††††††† C†† G
Lord have mercy.

C††† D††† G††† C†† G
Kyrie eleison.
(3x)