Song: Basil

Band: Mark Knopfler
Composed By: Mark Knopfler

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Basil by Mark Knopfler from Tracker album
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Key: A Minor
Time: 6/8 with single 3/8 bars


CAPO: No



    


C/G..........................[332010]
Dm/A.........................[x00231]
FMaj7........................[133210]

D9/F#........................[2x0210]
Bm7b5........................[x2323x]


| C | E7 | Am | % |
| Am | % |


            (Am)      C/G         F    Dm/A
My Saturday job pays six and six down
                     F
A copy boy at the Chronicle
          Am             C/G          F     Dm/A
Five cigarettes and two silver half crowns
                       F               Dm/A
Meeting Vince at Mark Toneys in town
          F            Am
Boy, do we get around


            (Am)         C/G       F    Dm
Basil sits there on the table for subs
                        F
But not a part of the Bri-nylon club
               Am         C/G          F
Ancient blue sweater, too old for the job
      Dm
Bored out of his mind
          F
With the Colins and Bobs


                  C/G  FMaj7
Im a jack and a lad
                    C     FMaj7
And Im up for the world
                   C         F    Am
And Ive kissed a Gateshead girl



   (Am)                    C/G      F    Dm
He calls for a copy boy, grumpy as hell
              F
Poets have to eat as well
                  Am           C          F   Dm
What he wouldnt give just to walk out today
                  F               Dm
To have time to think about time
                  F
And young love thrown away


                  C   FMaj7
Im a jack and a lad
                    C     FMaj7         
And Im up for the world
                   C         F
And Ive kissed a Gateshead girl


  F                    C    E7
Starlings swarming a cloud
       Am
Over Grainger Street
           F
Over the black church
Dm         C         E7
Over the Black Gate
                (Am)
And the shadowy Keep


| Am | D9/F#  | Bm7b5  | E7 |
| F  | % | C | E7 |
| Am | % |


                     (Am)
He peers through his wire rims
        C/G           F     Dm
At the fish and chip words
                      F
Hes supposed to dish up and forget
              Am           C           F
His drudgery now has become slightly blurred
   Dm                         F
By one of his Players untipped cigarettes


          C   FMaj7
Bury all joy
                  C     FMaj7
Put the poems in sacks
             C             F
And bury me here with the hacks


| Am | Am7 | % | Am |


                  (Am)
In the summer the fair
             C/G       F
Will stretch over the Moor
 Dm/A                    F
Lovers will lie and make out in the park
           Am          C/G         F    Dm/A
Basil puts on his old duffel and scarf
                F
And goes out into the dark


| C | FMaj7 | C | FMaj7 |
| C | F | % |

| F |

View Just Lyrics...

My Saturday job pays six and six down
A copy boy at the Chronicle
Five cigarettes and two silver half crowns
Meeting Vince at Mark Toney’s in town
Boy, do we get around

Basil sits there on the table for subs
But not a part of the Bri-nylon club
Ancient blue sweater, too old for the job
Bored out of his mind
With the Colins and Bobs

I’m a jack and a lad
And I’m up for the world
And I’ve kissed a Gateshead girl

He calls for a copy boy, grumpy as hell
Poets have to eat as well
What he wouldn’t give just to walk out today
To have time to think about time
And young love thrown away

I’m a jack and a lad
And I’m up for the world
And I’ve kissed a Gateshead girl

Starlings swarming
A cloud over Grainger Street
Over the black church
Over the Black Gate
And the shadowy Keep

He peers through his wire rims
At the fish and chip words
He’s supposed to dish up and forget
His drudgery now has become slightly blurred
By one of his Players untipped cigarettes

Bury all joy
Put the poems in sacks
And bury me here with the hacks

In the summer the fair
Will stretch over the Moor
Lovers will lie and make out in the park
Basil puts on his old duffel and scarf
And goes out into the dark

View Albums that This Song Appears On...

  • Tracker [EP]

    Genre: Pop/Rock Label: Virgin EMI Song Duration on Album: 5:45 Album Duration: 20:51

    Release Date: March 16, 2015

  • Tracker

    Genre: Pop/Rock Label: Mercury Song Duration on Album: 5:45 Album Duration: 01:00:34

    Release Date: March 17, 2015

    Moods: Bittersweet, Relaxed, Warm, Autumnal, Calm/Peaceful, Gentle, Intimate, Laid-Back/Mellow, Literate, Melancholy, Poignant, Reflective, Restrained, Sentimental, Soft/Quiet, Wistful, Earnest, Street-Smart, Stylish, Plaintive, Pastoral

    Styles: Album Rock, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

    Themes: Autumn, Introspection, Rainy Day, Reminiscing, Mischievous, Playful, Sunday Afternoon

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