Dumb Europe chords

Nick Cave (and the Bad Seeds)

  			
Music by Jochen Arbeit, Christoph Dreher, Rainer Lingk, & Thomas Wydler 
Lyrics by Nick Cave 
 
Transcribed by Greg O'Beirne ([email protected]) 
 
 Tempo: 80bpm 
Rhythm: triplets (like "Da, d-Da, d-Da, d-Da, d-" etc...) 
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 Intro: (incredibly distorted noisy guitar) 
 
 {Spoken above feedback - "Fucking cold europe..."} 
 
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                                    la  la  la  la  la..... 
 
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                                    la  la  la  la  la.....          
   
 
Verse: (virtually the same as the intro, but 
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 This Euro - pean   night      on the brink 
 
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  The cafes     & the bars         still stink 
 
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   the mist         is much        too thick       for seeing 
 
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   not thick         e-nough       for lean-          -ing 
 
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                                           (leave this room  in a) 
 
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       cata -        - tonic         crawl 
 
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   and if            I die          to-night     don't fling me in 
 
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       some bleak   teutonic           hole 
 
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       six             feet          under                     with 
 
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    a snap          frozen                soul.... 
 
 
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   and really          we       could all             just  
 
 
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       die             of              shame... 
 
 
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                                                       yeah... 
 
 
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       die             of              shame... 
 
 
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                         Dumb Europe! 
 
 
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       Dumb            Eur-          -ope.... 
 
 
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     a laaaaaaaa       laaaaaaaa       laaaaaaa        laaaaaaa 
 
 
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       laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.... 
 
 
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                         Dumb Europe! 
 
 
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       Dumb            Eur-          -ope.... 
 
 
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     a laaaaaaaa       laaaaaaaa       laaaaaaa        laaaaaaa 
 
 
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       laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.... 
 
 
 
Lyrics: 
 
1st Verse 
 
On this European night out on the brink 
The cafes and the bars still stink 
The mist is much too thick for seeing 
But not thick enough for leaning 
I leave in a catatonic crawl 
And if I die tonight don't fling me in 
Some bleak teutonic hole 
Six feet under with a snap-frozen soul 
And really we could all just die of shame... 
Yeah... die of shame... 
Dumb Europe, Dumb Europe, la la la la la. 
 
2nd Verse 
 
On this Utopian night on the brink 
Mama's face staring up at me from the bottom of the sink 
Witness my trail of destruction 
Just trying to leave this drinking place 
My feet are magnetized for furniture 
The floor's attracted to my face 
And if I die tonight 
Sell me as a prehistoric bone 
Authentic junk-souvenir to Jap 
To fob off on his friends back home 
The money-dance...{mumble} I find it hard to cope with days like this etc... 
Dumb Europe, Dumb Europe, la la la la la. 
 
 
 {The third verse is completely undecipherable, but sounds like:} 
 
  And tonight steps into my beer in my poor '61, 
  I swear that statue's read the moons 
  Or my planets are all wrong 
  And if I die tonight ship my body way back home 
  {mumble} 
  {mumble} 
  Pulling the drip right out of the arm 
  Dumb Europe, Dumb Europe, la la la la la. 
 
4th Verse 
 
On this European night on the brink 
Your cafes, your beer-halls and your bars still stink 
And if I die tonight send my body way back home 
And if I die tonight send my body way back home 
And if I die tonight send my body way back home 
And if I die tonight and if I die tonight... 
Dumb Europe 
Dumb Europe 
Dumb Europe 
Dumb Europe 
 
 
This recording is reasonably rare, and it's unlikely anyone you play the 
song to will have heard the original anyway, so just use the lyrics 
above, or the ones from King Ink, and play the song in whatever way 
sounds best to you ;)  Have fun ;) 
 
Any comments/corrections/suggestions welcome, 
-- 
Greg O'Beirne 
[email protected] 
http://www.student.uwa.edu.au/student/gobeirne/ 
http://www.student.uwa.edu.au/student/gobeirne/Transcriptions.html