small​-​town hymns

from by the young novelists




capo I
verse: Am Em F C
chorus: F C F C F C Am Em F C
bridge: (C Em) x4 (F C) x2 Am Em F C

these telephone wires sing over the fields
the man of the hour, the only shield
an instant addiction has been revealed
moments you share in moments you steal

& it begins with these small-town hymns
carrying through your heart & all your limbs

a parade of wrongs will serve you right
like the moth has a choice when it sees the light
& word has spread like a forest fire
all the voices forming a small-town choir

& it begins in these small-town hymns
judging them over & over & over again

[br] (instr. w/harmonies)

[repeat 1st ch]
...through your heart & all your limbs
through your heart & all your limbs


from in the year you were born, released September 11, 2012




the young novelists Toronto, Ontario

Exclaim! dubbed their first EP “unpretentious brilliance” and this Toronto-based folk-roots band has won critical acclaim ever since. Stephen Fearing described them as having “tight arrangements, great dynamics, and good songs with beautiful harmonies” and their live shows capture audiences with both barnstorming singalongs and heartbreaking folk ballads. ... more

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