Big Dark Cloud

Dark clouds always symbolize something bad. All my travels, all the places I’ve lived, clouds are a good thing, dark or otherwise.

Came across a picture I took on travels with Best Beloved of a sky-wide black cloud over Tucumcari. Flood of memories, good ones.

capo 3
coming into Tucumcari out of the north
lightning crackled air
Quality Inn at the end of town, seventeen minutes I’m there
big dark cloud big dark cloud

map shows a road crossing the lake, East Saxon Avenue
lake’s been dry as long as I’ve seen, dust is greyish blue
big dark cloud big dark cloud

big dark cloud let it down, fill that lake soak the ground
rinse me off so I don’t drown, big dark cloud

this isn’t a place anyone goes, all just passing through
no one’s ever gonna cross that lake on East Saxon Avenue
big dark cloud big dark cloud
chorus

just play E
I met a girl and she was made of clouds
but there was nothing light and fluffy about this one
she was dark, she was strong
and when she sang you couldn’t hear the sun
big dark cloud big dark cloud

eleven hours from Dalhart Texas, nine more gets me to you
turn right around and cross that lake on East Saxon Avenue
big dark cloud big dark cloud
chorus x2

big dark cloud x3

bass notes

fingered bass T-C P-F 2nd octave

intro G G F F Bb Bb G G
G                     Bb               F                  G
coming into Tucumcari out of the north lightning crackled air
G                  Bb          F                     G
Quality Inn at the end of town seventeen minutes I’m there
G   G    F    F         G      G
big dark cloud big dark cloud

map shows a road crossing the lake East Saxon Avenue
lake’s been dry as long as I’ve seen dust is greyish blue
big dark cloud big dark cloud

G   G    F     F      G
big dark cloud let it down
G         F        F        G
fill that lake and soak the ground
G        F      F       C
rinse me off so I don’t drown
C        G      G  G
big dark cloud

F F G     G    

isn’t a place anyone goes all just passing through
no one’s ever gonna cross that lake on East Saxon Avenue
big dark cloud big dark cloud

chorus
G G F G
met a girl
G G F G
and she was made of clouds
G G G G F G
but there was nothing light and fluffy about this one
G G F G
she was dark
G G F G
she was strong
G G F G
and when she sang
G x8
you couldn’t hear the sun
G   G    F    F         G      G
big dark cloud big dark cloud

eleven hours from Dalhart Texas nine more gets me to you
turn right around and cross that lake on East Saxon Avenue
big dark cloud big dark cloud

G   G    F     F      G
big dark cloud let it down
G         F        F        G
fill that lake and soak the ground
G        F      F       C
rinse me off so I don’t drown
C        G      G  G
big dark cloud
repeat chorus

F   F    G    G
big dark cloud
F   F    G    G
big dark cloud
Bb  Bb   G    G  vamp G
big dark cloud