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Lyr/Chords Req: The Jeweler

17 Apr 00 - 07:48 PM (#213375)
Subject: Pearls before swine
From: GUEST,Crybaby Montana

The name of the group was Pearls Before Swine . . . The song that moved me was "The Jeweler" . . . I think I have it on Vinyl, but have long since lost my turntable.

Does anyone have the words and music to this wonderful song?

Much abliged.


02 Jan 12 - 03:37 PM (#3283626)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE JEWELER
From: Jim Dixon

THE JEWELER
Tom Rapp
As sung by Pearls before Swine on "The Use of Ashes" (1970)

The jeweler has a shop on the corner of the boulevard.
In the night in small spectacles he polishes old coins.
He uses spit and cloth and ashes. He makes them shine with ashes.
He knows the use of ashes. He worships God with ashes

The coins are often very old by the time they reach the jeweler.
With his hands and ashes, he will try the best he can.
He knows that he can only shine them, cannot repair the scratches.
He knows that even new coins have scars so he just smiles.

He knows the use of ashes. (Da-da-da...)
He worships God with ashes. (Da-da-da...)

In the darkness of the night, both his hands will blister badly.
They will often open painfully and the blood flows from his hands
He works to take from black coin faces thumb prints from so many ages.
He wishes he could cure the scars. When he forgets, he sometimes cries.

He knows the use of ashes. (Da-da-da...)
He worships God with ashes. (Da-da-da...)
He knows the use of ashes.
He worships God with ashes. [REPEAT AND FADE]


02 Jan 12 - 04:14 PM (#3283639)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: The Jeweler
From: GUEST,Larry Saidman

I'm a great fan of Tom Rapp (Pearls Before Swine), and I've been singing and playing this great song for years.


A                         C#m7          F#7               Bm
The jeweler has a shop on the corner of the boulevard
G                Bm                                  F#
In the night, in small spectacles, he polishes old coins
Em         Am                  
He uses spit and cloth and ashes
Em                     Am
He makes them shine with ashes
Em                   Am
He knows the use of ashes
F#                               G
He worships God with ashes

2. The coins are often very old by the time they reach the jeweler
With his hands and ashes he will try the best he can
He knows that he can only shine them
Cannot repair the scratches

F#                                                 D7                                                                              
He knows that even new coins have scars so he just smiles
G                   C    G          C
He knows the use of ashes (la dada dada da da)
G                   C               G       C       F#         
He worships God with ashes   (la dada dah da dada dah )

(same chords as verse 2)
3. In the darkest of the night both his hands will blister badly
They will often open painfully and the blood flows from his hands
He works to take from black coin faces the thumbprints from so many ages   
He wishes he could cure the scars
When he forgets he sometimes cries
He knows the use of ashes
He worships God with ashes

(repeat 1st chorus)