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Knapp, Jennifer - Martyrs and Thieves

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"Martyrs and Thieves" by Jennifer Knapp
From "Kansas" (Gotee Records, 1997)
Words and music by Jennifer Knapp
Copyright 1997 Gotee Music/West Hudson Music (BMI)
Transcribed by

Capo 3.  Subtle move from flatpicking to strumming during each verse.

Chord   -  Name
X30033     C2    hammer 5th string 2h3
X20033     G/B   hammer 5th string 0h2
X00230     D9/A
XX0230     D9
022000     Em
X32010     C
X00232     D
320033     G
X32033     C9

INTRO:  C2, G/B, D9/A, G/B, C2, G/B, D9 (x2)

          C2           G/B           D9        G/B
There's a place in the darkness that I used to cling to
   C2            G/B  C2  D9
It presses harsh hope against time
       C2         G/B               D9          G/B
In the absence of martyrs there's a presence of thieves
        C2      G/B  C2  D9
Who only want to rob you blind
          C2 G/B D9          G/B
They steal away any sense of peace
             C2         G/B  C2  D9
Though I'm a king I'm a king on my knees
      C2             G/B            D9       Em
And I know they are wrong when they say I am strong
       C       D       G
As the darkness covers me

   D                     C9             G
So turn on the light and reveal all the glory
D         C9    G
I am not afraid
   D                    C9         G      (/F#)
To bare all my weakness knowing in meekness
Em                  D
I have a kingdom to gain

               G         D           C9           D
Where there is peace and love in the light in the light
  G    D     C9   (/B)(/A)
Oh I am not afraid
            G           D            C9         D
To let Your light shine bright in my life in my life
  G  D  C9 (/B)(/A) G  D  C9
Oh I... am,          I...


There are ghosts from my past who've owned more of my soul
Than I thought I had given away
They linger in closets and under my bed
And in pictures less proudly displayed
A great fool in my life I have been
Have squandered till pallid and thin
Hung my head in shame and refused to take blame
For darkness I know I've let win


TAG:  C2, G/B (ends with D9)
Can you hear me?

Well I've never been much for the baring of soul
In the presence of any man
I'd rather keep to myself all safe and secure
In the arms of a sinner I am
Could it be that my worth should depend
By the crimson stained grace on a hand
And like a lamp on a hill Lord I pray in Your will
To reveal all of You that I can


There's a place in the darkness that I used to cling to
It presses harsh hope against time

Transcribed 3/26/1998 by
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Comments about this tab

Guitaralison - 2006-06-15

Could you tab out the flat picking for me? Thanks!!

marandur - 2006-06-16

The part where you go "G/B C2 D9" really fast like at "hope against time" should go "G/B C2 G6 D9" maybe... I don't know that it's called "G6" but it goes xx0022 and they should all be picked once and rapidly move on to the next one. I don't have such a developed ear as some, but I distinctly heard 4 chords and the progression was familiar.

Guitar1598009 - 2006-11-29

Hey Gitaralison I tabed it all out and put it on 911 tabs and ultamate-guitar so if ur interested in the tab its there no wait ill just put on this sit


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